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  • Day10

    Canyon de Sil

    June 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Today we drove to lookouts or Miradoiros along the Sil River and Canyon do Sil (gorge). It covers the last 50 km before the Sil enters the Minho. The scenery is considered to be the most spectacular in Galicia and we weren't disappointed.
    We just picked a little village ( Ferreira de Panton) at random for lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal. The language barrier caused a few concerns at first but the meal that was delivered was amazing. It was a 3-course meal (we had no choice because of the language issue) but after having pasta salad and boar stew with potatoes there was no way we could eat a third course....and that was having two dinners shared between four people! Great value too!
    We also visited The Monastery of Santa Cristina - both its buildings - church and cloister - are fully Romanesque and Renaissance, respectively.
    It was a Benedictine monastery that was already documented in the 9th century. Its Romanesque church was built in the 12th century.
    We then called into the Regina Viarum Winery (Bodegas) and caught the end of a tour and tasting - I actually tried red wine and it was nice, but I won't be changing my preference just yet. Vino Blanco is still top of the list!
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  • Oct13

    Salceda To San Lazaro

    October 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Heavy rains were predicted for today, but we lucked out a little. It drizzled lightly most of the day, but nothing too serious. The walk was made slightly easier, due to the number of places that we could stop at. We walked a long 24 kilometers to the San Lazaro albergue, which is in a suburb of Santiago. About a 30 minute walk to the cathederal. It is the same albergue that I always stop at here. Tomorrow morning we can take our time getting to the cathederal to figure out the process to get our compestela.

    Just a few pics from today.
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  • Oct6

    Update - Onto Santiago!

    October 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    After finishing in Oviedo, I decided that my next course of action would be to go back to the Frances. I could meet up with aussie Paul, and continue from Sarria which is just a little more than 100 kms from Santiago.

    I took a bus to Astorga, and stayed overnight. Next day I went by train to Sarria.
    I started walking from there only a few kilometers per day, until Paul and I met up again in Portomarin. We should both be entering Santiago by Monday.

    Just 85 more broootal kilometers. Here are some camino frances pics.
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  • Day9

    Monforte de Lemos

    May 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Monforte de Lemos is located in a valley between the rivers Minho and Sil. The river of Cabe, a tributary of Sil, runs through the city. It is the core of the region known as Terra de Lemos and capital of the area known as Ribeira Sacra. Our accommodation here is Parador Monforte de Lemos, located in two historic buildings of the Monastery of San Vicente del Pino, whose origins date back in the 9th Century (reconstructed in 18th Century).
    We enjoyed some drinks in the beautiful neoclassical central cloister of the monastery before eating a delicious meal in the restaurant.
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  • Day9

    Ourense

    May 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Stopped at Ourense on way to Monforte de Lemos. Five bridges over the Miño River in the city. Two in particular were the stand-outs - the Millennium Bridge featuring a unique eliptical shape with a pedestrian footbridge that surrounds the bridge rising up to 22 metres; and the Ponte Vella, a medieval footbridge built on Roman foundations and the first bridge on the river. It was very hot here. We surrendered to the heat and let Andrea and Damo walk the Millenium Bridge.
    We noticed that in Ourense that signage was in what we think is Portuguese but maybe Galician-Portuguese, for example, streets were Rua ... instead of Calle ..., and the plaza was Praza Maior instead of Plaza Mayor. Also here are hot springs - Ourense holds one of the greatest amount of geothermal water in Europe. There was a public "poza" /outdoor bath that we could go to to enjoy the hot spring but being around 40+° that day, we thought not! We weren't allowed to photograph it either.
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  • Day13

    Santiago, Spain

    June 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Santiago - saw the triumphant travellers entering the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral at the end of the Camino de Santiago. Although not a part of it, we could appreciate the emotions and achievement of completing their goal.
    It is cold and showery here and Santiago is not our final destination for tonight so moving on to Fisterra where we will spend two nights.
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  • Day13

    Fisterra, Spain

    June 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Fisterra is on Cape Finisterre, the final destination for many pilgrims on the El Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James).
    The Camino Finisterre, an extension to the Camino de Santiago, takes an additional three to four days, to complete the pilgrimage to the medieval "end of the world." 
    We walked the 3km from town to Cape Finisterre - rewarded constantly with beautiful coastal views with the gorgeous shades of blue and torquoise water.
    It was inspiring to see those who had made the journey here walk to the furthest point possible, take their photos, (some burn their clothes and shoes) humbly turn around to head back in the direction they came from. We asked one lady how far she had journeyed - she and her friend (both mature in age) left France on 1 April and travelled 1, 515km to get to this point some two months and 4 days later! Amazing achievement!

    Fisterra is a beautiful fishing village with lots of narrow streets winding down to the water. Lovely restaurants and cafés.... and churros with hot chocolate! A nice relaxed atmosphere here.
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  • Day15

    Bastiagueiro, Spain

    June 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Bastiagueiro bordering A Coruña
    The rain arrived yesterday afternoon in Fisterra and hasn't stopped all night.
    We drove in quite heavy rain all the way to Bastiagueiro (well Alan drove, we supported)! The sun finally came out at about 5pm so went to look at the Hercules Tower, an ancient Roman lighthouse about 2.4 kilometers from the centre of A Coruña. The structure is 55 metres tall and overlooks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure, built in the 2nd century and renovated in 1791, is the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today.
    When we got there it was just closing so we couldn't go inside but we could still enjoy the walk up to it and the peninsular it sits on. When I say it was windy, that doesn't come anywhere near describing the force that hit us as we walked up to the lighthouse. It was forcing our legs together and making it very difficult to walk there. Even Alan was struggling! Beautiful location and worth the struggle!
    Both A Coruña and Bastiagueiro have nice sandy beaches but unfortunately it was a little too cold to test the waters. Temperature was 14° max.
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  • Day148

    139. Etappe: A Cabana

    November 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Der Tag startete heute mit einer Videotelefonie um Franzis Mama ein Geburtstagsständchen zu trällern 🎶
    An dieser Stelle noch einmal alles Liebe und Gute 🎁🎈
    Unser heutiger Etappenstart läutete die letzten 100 km nach Santiago ein. Auch wenn der Himmel grau und wolkenverhangen war, kamen wir heut ohne Regen durch unsere Tour. Auch heute zeigte sich Galizien im prächtigen Herbstgewand und schickte uns immer wieder abwechselnd entlang an Flüssen, über Waldwege, Straßen und durch die kleinsten Orte.
    Nach 28,3 km erreichen wir unser Ziel. Während Franzi gerade erst auf Betriebstemperatur gekommen ist, ist der Pilgergrünschnabel heilfroh, als wir vor der Herberge stehen. Eine brandneue Pilgerherberge, die in diesem Jahr neu eröffnet hat. So wie es aussieht, werden wir aber auch diese heute allein beziehen.
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  • Day149

    140. Etappe: Boimorto

    November 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Sonnig starteten wir in den heutigen Pilgertag, auch wenn es leider keinen Kaffee zum Frühstück gab. 😓
    Nach gut der Hälfte der gelaufenen Tagesetappe legten wir deshalb auch eine ausgiebige Kaffee-/Bocadillo-Pause ein. Obwohl wir aufgegessen haben, verließ uns wenig später die Sonne und für die letzten 1,5 Stunden durfte sich Daniel über seine erste Regenwanderung freuen. Klatschnass kommen wir in der sehr neuen modernen galicischen Herberge an. Und nach eine von den Hospitalieras erbetenen "Beschwerde" kommt prompt ein Techniker, der die bis dato eiskalten Heizkörper in Gang bringt. Also wird es heute wieder eine mollig warme Nacht. Jedoch könnte das mit dem Schlaf eng werden, denn die Hospitaliera hat ordentlich Kaffee für uns bereitgestellt, den wir nach dem kaffeearmen Start sehr dankend angenommen haben.Read more

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Galicia, Galicien, منطقة غاليسيا, جاليسيا, Qalisiya, Галісія, Галисия, গালিথিয়া, Galiza, Galicija, Galícia, Galizia, Galicie, Galisia, Γαλικία, Galegio, گالیسیا, Galice, Galysje, Comunidade Autónoma de Galicia, Yn Ghaleesh, גליסיה, गलिशिया, Galisiya, Գալիսիա, Gallecia, Galisía, ガリシア, გალისია, Галисиэ, 갈리시아 지방, Galîsya, Galisi, Gallaecia, Galissia, Galisija, Галиција, गालिसिया, Galicië, Galicia i Spania, Галиси, Galicja, گالیکیا, A Galiza, Galisya, Галиция, Galizzia, கலீசியா, แคว้นกาลิเซีย, Galiçya, 加利西亚

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