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  • Day3

    Day 2. Bus trip and meet the group day!

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    1. I saw my first Camino direction sign
    2. St James in the triangle shaped under the lamb
    3. Our restaurant for lunch
    4. Beautiful view
    5. Meeting room, dinner room at the Manor house we are staying in. Cass fervenza. We are now at our starting point and start our walk tomorrow morning! So excited!Read more

  • Day39

    P.S. for Astorga

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    I just have ro add a little about our perfect birthday dinner! Our deal is to have half board at the hotels in these small towns, which means we have dinner is quite a fancy restaurant, but we get the menu del dia, or the peregrino menu,which gives choices of entrée, main and dessert, bread, wine and water, but not the full a la cartel menu. It is usually pretty standard stuff - good hearty food, but not gourmet. Well tonight it was chef quality, and made it special...we started with a soup with chickpeas, cod and spinach, then Amr had an amazing fish dish and I had crepes filled with goat cheese and jamon and salad garnish...all out of the usual range, so delicious and special for a birthday dinner. No photos of it as neither of us had our phones..but may add other Astorga photos, as wifi good!Read more

  • Oct5

    Day In Oviedo

    October 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Today I used to just rest up and go to the cathedral to collect my compestela. It felt great to complete the San Salvador to receive this. No line ups or anything. In the old days, it was considered a must ahead of the one in Santiago.

    “Whoever goes to Santiago and doesn't go to Salvador visits the servant but forgets the Lord.”

    Here is a link for some background.

    The relics here are amazing. Much more so than in Santiago many say. These include, THE ARC OF THE COVENANT, (yes that one), the head burial shroud of Jesus, and the vessel were water was turned to wine.
    All very fascinating.

    Have a look at the pics.
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  • Day10

    Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga.

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hello from Astorga. I left Hospital de Orbigo around 8 this morning and arrived in Astorga around 2pm. The going is getting more hilly and I hit the Cantabrian mountains tomorrow. I have covered 120 miles and have only 32 left to go until I reach Ponferrada which is my stopping point...but between Astorga and Ponferrada is one of the highest elevations on the Camino. I will hit it’s peak on Tuesday morning at 1500 meters or 4900 feet which makes it just shy of Mt Kahtadin. And then the steady decline into Ponferrada which I will walk into on Wednesday morning. Everything is going well, knees and feet are feeling fine and am handling the miles much easier than last trip. As I write this, I am at a cafe off the main square in Astorga. I am going to close this out and go find some dinner. As always, thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day136


    July 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Today, we crossed a medieval bridge in the town of Hospital de Orbigo. Alan was ecstatic to hear the bridge was the site of a joust tournament in 1434 that lasted a month in which Suero de Quiñones and his best friends challenged any knight who tried to cross the bridge. The place looks like knights could run out at any time...pretty cool!

    We have changed landscapes now, and we actually got to climb up and down some hills that had trees 🌳 🌳on them...woohoo! We also went through a few more towns along our route today. In the 2nd town we went through, an older man was handing out fresh watermelon. He gave me some, but when Alan walked over, he shook his head and made some hand gestures that made it very clear he was only giving it out to women 😂😂

    We also walked by a spot on top of our last hill where a man named David had set up comfortable spots to rest. He had nectarines, bananas, watermelon, oranges all laid out for everyone going by. He also had orange juice, yoghurts, quinoa, bread, and about a zillion other things for people to take/use/eat/drink...only asked for a donation. He made sure he had items different cultures would appreciate - a girl from Australia was so excited to see the bread and the vegemite and the Koreans couldn’t believe he had rice and some sort of Asian sauce. He even had a bowl of hard boiled eggs! SO KIND!!!

    We ended our day of walking in Astorga. I was bummed the Chocolate Museum was closed by the time we got into town, but I toured the magnificent cathedral and admired the outside of the bishop’s palace (designed by Antoni Gaudi) while Alan spent some time resting...maybe the medieval jousting history excitement wore him out (or maybe it’s because we have been doing more than a 1/2 marathon every day. 🙂

    Tonight we visited with Paku who we might not see again. What a lovely man to have been around. We are hoping to run into him later down the road.

    Tomorrow, we head to Foncebadón...26 kilometers. I have my first blister now, so we will see how it feels after tomorrow 😳😬. We have walked 334 miles so far...only 166 to go!
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  • Day39

    Amr's birthday! - now at Astorga

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Today we left at 8 am as usual at the moment...the sun rises tomorrow at 8.20 so our departure time may get later as we don’t like walking in the dark. It was chilly and we had jackets for the first hour or so...a very pleasant 18 km walk, we chose the slightly longer option which went across fields rather than a path beside the road. We are now definitely into the rolling hills leading to the mountains which we cross in the next couple of days...I think they are the Montes de León. But though we climb, I think it is fairly gradual, and we are already at quite a high altitude (800metres) and eventually rise to 1500 in 2 days. The whole Maseta is a plateau really.

    The hardest part of today’s walk was arriving...we had seen the city from the distance, and it felt like an ever increasing distance as we walked towards it...and when we finally really did get near we had to enter via a really steep path up through the city walls...but once here all was well, it is a really beautiful city. - walled and contained...with the usual sprawl outside. And of course it has a huge cathedral, and the famous Gaudi palace, which is now a museum and is directly outside our hotel room window. Lovely hotel, flags and perfect room. There is a chocolate factory here, but closed before we could visit - so we just bought some chocolate! There are many local pastries, and the chocolate is a big feature too. We think chocolate came from the Basque areas, which were famous for early making of chocolate, and we aren’t very far away from there.

    Anyway, after the washing ritual we went to the main plaza and had a yum celebratory birthday lunch of salad, chiperones a la plancha and beer!! To keep us going till dinner at 8 pm. This afternoon we did visit the cathedral again, but mainly relaxed. Many of our Camino family here and we have run into some as we wandered. Last night had great dinner with our Canadian friends, Brigitte and Janette (different from the Canadian sisters!) and Jessica who is from Boston and who we have known for quite a while now too. About half a dozen of us arrive in Santiago on the same day (October 15) and we plan to have a celebration together! All good! Off to dinner soon.
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  • Day13

    The Journey Continues - Leon to Astorga

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Although it was amazing to have a rest day in Leon, I must admit that there was something inside me that was also keen to resume the walk. Even though we have only been walking the Camino for a week, we are beginning to feel that we have become a small part of a much larger story. The story itself will only be complete when we all arrive at the Cathedral in Santiago.

    Leon was something of a very pleasant surprise for most of us. I am not sure what I expected to find, but it certainly wasn't bagpipes and Celtic music. And yet that is exactly what we did find. Apparently Celtic music is an extremely important part of the culture in this part of Spain.

    I spent my final evening in Leon watching the pipe bands play outside the cathedral and then march around the streets of the old city. It was such a beautiful balmy evening that I could not help being caught up in the emotion of the crowds that were thronging the old city. It is a memory that I will cherish long after this trip is over.

    Today's walk took us to the much smaller town of Astorga, famous for it extensive Roman ruins, huge cathedral and incredible bishop's palace. The fairy tale bishop's palace was designed by Antoni Gaudi, with work starting in 1890 and taking about 17 years to complete. The building itself is a fascinating work of art and would appear more at home in Disneyland than alongside an ancient cathedral. When you are inside the palace you are surrounded by light coming at you from all directions and I almost felt that I was inside a diamond. It certainly must have been created by an incredible mind, but I am equally certain that I could never live in such a hectic place.

    The walk itself was only about 16 km, but it was enough to bring our cumulative distance on the Camino to 105 km. When you add on the considerable distances we have walked around the cities we have been staying in, our real total would be closer to 140 km.

    We started the walk early and were thus able to avoid the heat of the day. Although much of the walk was alongside a quite busy road, the final few kilometres into Astorga were magical. I am sure that our walkers are already significantly stronger than they were a week ago and the kilometres seemed to pass by without much effort.
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  • Day21

    18. Etappe:San Martín del Camino-Astorga

    April 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Heute Nacht habe ich nicht so gut geschlafen. Ich hatte das obere Bett, der Raum war recht klein und wir waren sieben Personen.
    Das Frühstück war dafür umso besser und hat mich für diesen Tag gestärkt.
    Es hat wider Erwarten nicht geregnet und zeitweise kam sogar die Sonne raus. Die Strecke war aber relativ anstrengend, da sie geradeaus an einer Landstrasse verlief und zudem bergauf ging. Der Wind hat auch ziemlich gepustet, daher bin ich über die Ankunft in Astorga sehr froh. Ich bin in der öffentlichen Herberge für 5€ untergekommen und es ist besser als erwartet.
    Am Nachmittag habe ich sogar noch Zeit mir die Kathedrale samt Museum und den Gaudi Palast anzuschauen.
    Dann sind meine Füße endgültig platt und ich trinke einen Cafe con Leche im Cafe Gaudi.
    Morgen wird es sehr anstrengend. Es liegen etliche Höhenmeter vor mir. Ich freue mich aber über die Abwechslung in der Landschaft.
    Heute Abend gehe ich nicht essen. Es gibt 5-Minuten-Terrine, Brot, Joghurt, Käse und Oliven. Ich habe keinen Hunger und fast nichts getrunken. Das Salz der Suppe und 1,5 Liter Wasser sollten mich wieder aufpäppeln...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Astorga, أسترقة, Estorga, Асторга, Astorgo, آستورخا, Աստորգա, アストルガ, 아스토르가, Asturica Augusta, 阿斯托尔加

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