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  • Jun15

    Beautiful day on the Camino

    June 15, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The sun shined on us all day!! And we walked through beautiful countryside, smell of fresh cut hay and eucalyptus, sounds of the bells on cows, goats and sheep. We had a few climbs that left us puffing, but nothing compared to what we’ve already done. And we had many views of the sea, as well as the Picos de Europe mountains in the distance.

    Just outside of Oruña, we passed the Church of San Pedro. Like most country churches, the entrance was locked. But just as we were about to walk away, a young man hurried up and asked us to come inside. In the shade of the portico, he offered us lemonade, an orange and a banana, “for strength.” Then he gave us a brief tour of the church.

    He asked if we were married. Then he picked up a clamshell from a small table. The two sides were decorated outside and inside, with a small painting of the church. The young man said the two halves were like the two sides of marriage, “ups and downs.” He broke the two halves apart, threaded one with green cord and one with red, the colors of St. Peter, and told us to place them around each others’ necks. It was a nice moment, and if we had arrived 5 minutes earlier, it would never have happened.

    Soon after that we arrived in Cobreces, had a nice brunch of eggs and toast, and continued walking toward the sea. We passed a nice beach, climbed a few more hills and finally arrived in Comillas. It’s also a tourist town, once favored by the Spanish nobility, and graced by several creations of Gaudí.

    As we were having dinner near the church square, we could hear bagpipes playing. We learned there’s a folk festival going on, so we spent some time listening in. If WIFI cooperates, there should be a video below —
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  • Day14

    Architektur pur

    April 23, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nach dem quirligen Treiben in der Großstadt Bilbao sollte es heute etwas "Ruhiger'" werden und so fuhren wir bei kühlem & bewölktem Wetter weiter Richtung Westen bis nach Comillas, welches in vielen Reiseblogs als Geheimtipp empfohlen wird.
    Einen Parkplatz fanden wir heute recht zügig, zuvor wurden wir im WoMo jedoch durch unschöne Geräusche aufgeschreckt, welche durch etwas zu tiefhängende Äste hervorgerufen wurden.
    Zunächst ging es steil bergauf zum neoklassichen Gebäude der hier bis 1968 ansäßigen päpstlichen Universität, welche sei 1870 dem Jesuietenorden als Priesterseminar diente. Der Versuch einen Blick ins Innere zu erhaschen wurde durch ein barschen "nada" der Dame am Empfang verhindert. Auch bei nächsten wuchtigen Gebäude, dem neogotische Palast Sobrellano gegenüber, hatten wir kein Glück mit einer Besichtigung, da hier nur Gruppen ab 60 Personen Einlass gewährt wird.
    Im "El Capricho" der von Antoni Gaudi entworfenen Villa konnten wir uns dafür ausgiebig Innen & Außen umschauen. Das Gebäude wirkt dank der bunten Fließen, jede einzigartig mit eine Sonnenblume verziert, den glasierten Dachschindeln und des minarettähnlichen Turmes unverwechselbar. Nach dem Besuch dieses architektonischen Meisterwerks der Moderne ging es in die Altstadt, wo wir in den gemütlichen Gassen etwas Essen und danach Einkaufen wollten. Aus Beidem wurde leider auch "nada" , da uns die "Siesta" einen Strich durch die Rechnung machte. So fuhren wir hungrig weiter und fanden unseren nächsten Stellplatz in Cobreces.
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  • Day99

    Santillana del Mar - Comillas

    September 17, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wieder nur 22 km heute... ;) Und wieder jede Menge Asphalt, dieses Mal aber über hübsche kleine Nebenstraßen im Hinterland, durch pittoreske Dörfer, zurück ans Meer. Comillas ist deutlich touristischer, das einzige Hostel war schon voll, so dass wir uns nun ein Appartement teilen und uns etwas unpilgerhaft fühlen...Read more

  • Day4


    September 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    This morning when I woke up it was raining. I already knew it was going to be that kind of day........ WET WET WET. During breakfast I had a chance to chat with some really nice spanish people also staying at the albergue.

    One couple was from Bilbao en the other from Valencia. It was the last day for the couple from Valencia, so they gave me a pair of socks (so I wouldn't get more ampollas) and they also gave me their bastones ( walking sticks).
    I gave them my curaguide card, because they guy has always wanted to visit Curacao 😁.

    So after saying goodbye I started walking and after a while it started raining...... Hopi hard.... And there was nowhere to hide from the rain, so helaas my pants and shoes were empapados.

    When I arrived in Cobreces, the rain stopped for a little bit and then just when it started up again, I passed this little capilla. I call it capilla but don't know if that's the correct name. It was this little stone house with two stone benches on each side and at the back there was a statue of a saint.
    Anywayyyy, I stopped here out of the rain and had a chance to tend to my feet, which were wet and painful. After a while, feet rubbed with Vaseline and a compeed or two further, I started walking again.

    It rained off and on, and when I arrived in Comillas there was a light drizzle.
    I did not want to stop here, but with the rain and also the feet situation, it was the wise choice. The next albergue is 12 km away, and my feet can't handle that.
    Fingers crossed that I don't get bed bugs from this place 😁😁

    Comillas is also a nice town. Popular because a couple of buildings here are (partly) by Gaudi. I have been here before, and I think I even took mama, mimi and opa here to see El Capricho. So then I've been here twice already. Notice how I am trying to convince myself that it's okay that I'm staying in bed instead of exploring the town. Did I mention it's raining 😁😁😁😁.

    The albergue I staying at is referred to as La carcel, the jail! Because in the olden days it used to be a jail. No, I am not sleeping in a cell, they have been taken out. Tonight I am sleeping with 14 other people..... Let the snore fest continue 😝😝😝😝
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  • Day15

    21.5kms to Comillas

    September 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    It was good to do a shorter walk and to arrive in Comillas in time for a menu del dia. This turned out to be a marathon lunch, as they somehow forgot about our order and brought us a plate of patatas bravas as an apology. We then had the other three courses, plus the complimentary green teas to apologise again! All of this was quite funny as we hadn't actually complained - we were too tired and relaxed to notice how long it was taking to bring the food.

    Our accommodation choice today was based entirely on its proximity to that menu del dia. We're in a pension. I'm not even sure of its name. We'll walk around the town later and I'll hopefully have a swim.

    This was a pretty straightforward walk today. Nothing difficult or spectacular. I called into the San Pedro church near Oreña and the man there seemed delighted that someone took the time to visit. There's a sello and a Camino information board.

    Over the past few days I've seen quite a few posters about the Camino Lebaniego and a pilgrim in a bar in Santander was singing it's praises. So many Caminos .....,,,,,
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  • Day11

    Gaudi's whim

    June 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Woke up to sun streaming through the windows - can't last. But amazingly it looked like it might. Breakie done & suncream applied - the clouds rolled in. And we rolled out - off to Comillas - one of Gaudi's first buildings, other assorted nice buildings and a beach. Amazingly the town proved to be equally as quiet as San Vincent yesterday. Parked up pretty much by El Capricho de Gaudi (Gaudi's Whim) & proceeded to take the long way round to the main entrance. Nice enough walk. Entry fee was only 5€ & that included a guided tour if we wanted - we'll see - if the intro video was anything to go by it would architecture overload. Had a little explore & some of the detailing was nice. But at the main entrance we saw the guided tour - 10 mins later having been round the garden they were still at the main entrance, the guide still wittering on about the entrance - not that nice. Headed off to get some food - usual stuff but rejected first supermercado - absence of cherries. Didn't make the beach - park & then explored the rest of the town (as the sun departed) The beach had the obligatory school party - didn't stop the snoozing.Read more

  • Day347

    Spanien, Comillas

    September 7, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Ab jetzt ging es wieder alleine weiter...
    Nach einer verregneten Nacht bin ich weiter nach Spanien. Den Grenzübergang habe ich komischerweise überhaupt nicht registriert, plötzlich kam mir die Sprache auf den Schildern "vertraut" vor.

    Vom Campingplatz aus habe ich einen Ausflug in den kleinen Ort Camillas gemacht, mit dem Fahrrad parallel zur Küste. In Camillas gibt es ein Haus von Gaudí, was ich besichtigt habe. Außerdem gibt es eine Uni (wahrscheinlich nicht für Normal-Sterbliche), die in einem imposanten Gebäude ist, von der man einen tollen Weitblick hat.
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  • Day4

    Gawking at Gaudi

    September 26, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    One of Antoni Gaudi’s early commissions was the 1883-85 construction of El Capricho, a holiday villa in Comillas for Maximo Diaz de Quijano, a wealthy lawyer.

    It’s a small but comfortable house with each room displaying whimsical design features that related to the clients interests of music, botany & literature.

    Fun Fact: Quijano only spent 7 nights in El Capricho as he died of liver failure in his new bedroom just before the building was completed.
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  • Day12


    September 15, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Up at 7:30, out a little after 8. Raining pretty good at first but calmed down. Nice walk through little lanes but I was tired, shoulders hurt. I decided that this route is too isolated. What I really liked about first week was seeing the same people over and over, creating community. Now I was feeling lonely, am out of sync with the stages in the guidebook so was staying in hostels with too few people. I was also finding the walking with a pack hard. So I decided that for today, I'm only doing 10 k, staying in Comillas which is an interesting, bustling town. Then I planned to look at route, consider going down to Frances for last week into Lugo, for a different experience. Maybe using pack service too, as I really liked the walking. Arrived Comillas 10:30, had coffee and read paper. Walked around town looking for the hostel, found it about 12:30. Already a line of about 10 waiting. Nice Russian couple said they would watch my pack, so I went and had lunch - melon with ham was good, chicken and fries ok. I think sticking with the egg dish would be just as good. Back to the hostel by 2. Saw the 2 young Frenchmen from last night in line; they were feeling sorry for me because the hostel was full, but my pack was in front of theirs😏. Also saw older French couple from Requejada, no place for them so I helped them find another place, made phone call for them. That felt good. Long wait to get into hostel, had a nice bed in room downstairs but group of 4 asked me to move into big room upstairs so they could be together, I did although kind of regretted it. Kept on raining off and on, I walked around some. Slept ok , until 8.Read more

  • Day8

    20.09.2017 - Comillas

    September 20, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Nach einer nicht sehr schönen Wanderstrecke entlang vieler Hauptverkehrsstraßen ist die Ankunft in Comillas dann um so schöner.
    Ein herrlicher Sandstrand läd noch zum Sonnen und Baden ein. Danach Wäsche waschen und etwas umsehen. Ein unscheinbares aber sehr schönes Örtchen, das doch einiges zu bieten hat.
    Der Tag geht dem Ende zu, es ist Zeit für das Schlafbierchen.😊
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Comillas, 39520, Комильяс

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