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    • Day12

      Pilgeretappe durch die Weinfelder der ri

      May 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Hola buenas noches. Weinfelder soweit das Auge reicht, dass war der Ausblick der heutigen Etappe von navarrete nach najera. La Rioja ist weit über die Landesgrenzen für seine Weine bekannt. Dazu kam noch eine Brise Sonnenaufgang, Vogelgezwitscher und eine duftende Flora. Man trifft permanent Pilger aus der ganzen Welt, welche sich mit einem freundlichen buen camino begrüssen und hier und da zu einem kleinen small Talk einladen. Erkenntnis des Tages: Lebe deinen Traum und träume nicht dein Leben.Read more

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      👍

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Weiterhin viel Glück 👍✌️

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Danke Kamerad.

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    • Day19

      Rain drops keep falling on my head

      September 30, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Walked my first day in the wind and rain. Learnt the Spanish word for cold - frio. It was a drizzle most of the time, just enough that stopping for a rest anywhere was a bit cold and miserable. Thankfully the weather is warming up again from tomorrow and by the middle of the week it's going to be way too hot.

      Day two after a rest day I was a bit hesitant about the 18 km. I was also out of supplies and there weren't necessarily going to be shops or cafes today. I headed out about 9.15 hoping I'd find a decent breakfast and some snacks before I left town. On the first corner I found an open cafe and scored bacon and eggs for breakfast and some supplies for the road. Last night I'd had a lovely pilgrims menu of lentil soup, stewed beef cheeks and egg custard with Robert from the US who I'd meet in the laundromat in Logrono the day before - so I was suitably well fuelled for my day out.

      I also found Andrea from the US and Geraldine from Ireland just finishing breakfast. I'd meet Geraldine in Los Arcos a few days back but Andrea and I had been chatting, passing each other and having lunch together since back before Pamplona. They headed off but my breakfast was quick and I caught up with them just a little way out of town.

      I thought I'd brave walking with them for the day and would hopefully be able to keep up. I thought a little company might help a cold wet day to be a bit cheerier and that also it might stop me from dawdling the second half of the day. It was a good decision. They are both lovely companions and while I had to walk faster, they needed to rest when I did and were a great distraction from the weather.

      We took a slight detour into the only village near our path today and had a lovely early lunch before walking through vineyard after vineyard across the countryside. We were given some lovely wine grapes to eat along the way and made it into town not long after three.

      I'm hostelling tonight but while I booked a dormitory, I've scored a room with just myself and two others. Susanna from Hungary says it's the nicest room she's had since she started so I am being thankful I can have a private room when I want and company if I feel the need.
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      puppy parking

      9/30/22Reply
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      Suites you Nic.

      9/30/22Reply

      Yummy 😋 [Tanya]

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    • Day5

      Najera downtown

      July 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Ending our walk for today, the Dutch and Swedish mix of pilgrims arrived in Najera. It’s hot and the shops and bars are closed for siesta, so we’re chilling in the streets, drinking coke and eating patatas bravas.Read more

    • Day19

      Ciruena and Granon

      September 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Day 16 in Ciruena and Day 17 in Granon vía Santo Domingo de la Calzada - the all night party in Najera kept all the pilgrims awake. Luckily I could turn my deaf ear to it and get some sleep. The cafés that were supposed to open at 6:30 am did not (open) and we had to get our caffeine in Azofra which had crowds of pilgrims at all their cafes. I found my friend Annika from Switzerland (she told me that she had walked from Geneva to Santiago about 12 years ago). The entire walk to Ciruena yesterday was very pleasant. I had left fairly early and reached Ciruena, a quiet, sleepy village by 11 am. I had plenty of time to wander around - past the little church and have a glass of local red wine and soak in the atmosphere of this cute place. Dinner at the Albergue was communal and the owner had made a lentil stew with vegetables and sausage - it hit the spot!
      This morning I left Ciruena late. I didn’t want to disturb my young room mate so stayed in bed till 6:30 am. The owner provided fabulous hot coffee and a light breakfast. Reached Santo Domingo by 9:00am and everything was closed. They too had pulled an all night party - even the tourist office was closed. I found Santo Domingo to be somewhat elitist - some very important looking people were bustling around and a bunch of expensive looking cars were parked in the plaza. The Santi Domingo church is the first church I have come across that charges for visit. Couldn’t get in through the normal entrance - it was closed for the special event - but slipped in with some other people for a quick look.
      Continued on to Granon. It’s a small cute town with a church and central square. Had dinner in the one restaurant along with other pilgrims.
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      Yum!!! I want a croissant

      9/19/22Reply
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      But did she catch up to you or did you catch up to her?

      9/19/22Reply
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      Didn’t know it was rare. We see them here regularly. Welcome to flyover country 😀. It’s water vapor condensing at cruising altitudes. Not too common a sight if you are near a major airport would be my guess.

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    • Day12

      Day 12: Nájera

      September 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      We left Navarrete before dawn aiming for breakfast in Ventosa, about 7 kilometers away. It was our chilliest morning yet, with a brisk wind that had me wishing I’d remembered to move my gloves to my daypack, as my backpack remained behind for transport to our next lodging.

      After a little more than an hour’s walk, we found that the final kilometer to Ventosa is as an “art walk.” It was fun to read an inspirational passage and admire poster-sized art along this stretch of The Way.

      By the time we reached the Bar Café Buen Camino, we were more than ready to order hearty breakfasts of sliced tortilla (who knew tortilla would vary so much in flavor and consistency from place to place!, toast with jamón ibérico and tomatoes, chocolate filled pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, and coffees.

      We left Ventosa with an energetic spring to our steps, admiring the vineyards lining much of the Camino to Nájera. Many of the vines were dripping with grapes. A few, had already been harvested.

      A couple of farm tractors and a few farm vans passed by, kicking up clouds of dust each time.

      As we neared Nájera, we chatted with a pilgrim from Brazil who passed us by. It turned out that she was going to Albergue Puerta de Nájera, so we ended up getting to know her a bit more as we waited for the albergue to allow us all in at 1 p.m.

      I took advantage of the wait time to get a haircut around the corner from the albergue. I’d opted for a short “Camino” cut before we left home, but it had grown in enough to need a trim.

      After checking in—while bumping in to three of our dorm mates from yesterday—we were escorted up two flights if stairs to our shared room. Tonight, we’re in a 4-bunk room. Quite cozy compared to last night’s 12-bunk configuration. This albergue is highly rated, and booked full for the night. The Camino is very busy this year, with an extended Holy Year, plus many who are taking deferred-by-Covid trips augmenting the usual numbers of pilgrims.

      So far, we’re having good luck reserving our lodging the night before: a requirement if I’m scheduling my backpack’s transport for the next morning. When we get closer to Sarria, we’ll book those final few nights to Santiago ahead of time. That’s the recommended approach in a “normal” year, given the higher number of pilgrims on the final 100 kilometers, a requirement to receive a Compostela in Santiago.

      That’s still quite a ways off for us, so today, after taking a shower, I headed off for a solo lunch while Allan took a restorative nap. Dinner last night did not sit well with him, and rest was more appealing this afternoon than a meal. I, meanwhile, am loving the Spanish tradition of a big lunch followed by a light to nonexistent dinner.

      Tomorrow, we’ll head to Santiago de la Calzada, 21 kilometers away.
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      Love this

      9/21/22Reply
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      I like your short hair.

      9/22/22Reply
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      Great shot!

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    • Day8

      Nájera

      July 30, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      I'm spending the night at albergue Puerta de Nájera. It's very pretty inside, looks like a hotel, if not for the dorm style rooms. I have a small room with only one set of bunks, I was very lucky. It gives me some privacy. I have to walk through 2 other rooms to get to mine, but no one walks into mine.
      I'm going to bed early tonight. Last night I didn't get enough sleep and was feeling sleepy during the walk.
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    • Day9

      Etappe 8: Logronio nach Najera

      September 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Um 7.45 starte ich in Logronio, noch bei Dunkelheit.
      Wieder standen fast 30 Kilometer an.
      Erst führte mich der Weg, durch einen Park und an einem Stausee vorbei.
      Später ging der Weg in eine breite Schotterpiste über, die an Weinbergen vorbeiführte.
      Nachdem wir Navarette durchquert haben, ging die Strecke fünf Kilometer an einer Autobahn entlang.
      Als dieser lästige Abschnitt endlich überstanden war, velief der Camino weiter Richtung Najera, durch kaum besiedelte Abschnitte.
      Hinter einem Hügel konnten wir Najera erblicken.
      In Najera angekommen, musste ich mir erst noch eine Unterkunft suchen, da ich nichts vorgebucht hatte.
      In der ersten angesteuerten Unterkunft, hatte ich Glück und konnte in der Albergue Puerta de Najera einchecken.
      Morgen geht's weiter nach Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
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      Wunderschön, halt durch. Wenn du Santiago erreicht hast wirst du es nicht bereuen!!! Ultreia

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Die Bilder und die Wegbeschreibungen sind sehr beeindruckend. Weiterhin eine tolle Zeit! Buen Camino

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Schöner Text und tolle Bilder weiter so du packst das!!

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    • Day17

      Najera

      September 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Droga wila się przez większość czasu pomiędzy winnicami. Rozpoczęliśmy od około 10 stopni Celsjusza ale pod koniec dnia doszło do 24. Słońce i wiatr.
      Z ciekawostek historycznych zaraz przed wejsciem do miasta po lewej stronie ruiny romańskiej świątyni z XII wieku, które służyły za hospicjum dla pielgrzymów, był to ważny i bardzo nowoczesny na tamte czasy ośrodek, dzisiaj tylko zostały ruiny, trochę pojawiło się zadumy podobnej do wizyty szpitala na Łąkowej.
      Piękny portal, pozostałość hospicjum, przeniesiono w XIX wieku troszkę dalej za miasto i służy teraz jako wejście na cmentarz.
      Dochodząc do Najery bardzo blisko wioski Aleson stoczyła się walka pomiędzy legendarnym Rolandem a gigantycznym królem Syrii Feragutem ,który w tym czasie mieszkał w Najerze. Miał ponad 9 stóp wysokości i siłę czterech dorosłych mężczyzn i przerażający wygląd twarzy. Walka trwała 4 dni i Roland wygrał w końcu pchnięciem miecza w pepek olbrzyma który okazał się jego bardzo słabym punktem.
      Wchodząc do Najera najpierw mija się nowe miasto potem za mostem nad rzeką Najerilla wchodzi się w malutkie stare miasto wcisniete między rzekę a czerwony klif. Była to najpierw osada rzymska ,pozniej mieszkali tam Wizygoci i Maurowie. W XI wieku król Sancho III Wielki postanowił zrobić to miasto siedziba swego dworu.
      Głównym budynkiem zajmującym prawie całą starówkę jest Klasztor Santa Maria la Real. Zbudowany, nie przypadkowo w tym miejscu, gdyż właśnie tutaj król Sanchez polując, odkrył w grocie figurkę Santa Maria de Real. I w tym miejscu rozkazał wybudować świątynię, którą doczepiono do tej właśnie groty. Powstał gotycki główny gmach z barokowym ołtarzem i nawami bocznymi. Jest to miejsce spoczynku XII władców Nawarry jak również ich żon i dzieci.
      Kościół król Sanchez w XI wieku przekazał Benedyktynom, a obecnie opiekują się nim Franciszkanie.
      Nie udało się zobaczyć chóru bo był zamknięty z powodu renowacji. Wiele obrazów namalował tam Hans Memling od Sądu Ostatecznego z Gdanska i są ponoc równie dramatyczne.
      To chyba na tyle, idziemy spać.
      It was a very pleasant day... Feet didn't hurt, the distance wasn't too long, and scenery of the vineyards and wineries along the way, constantly reminded us about the delicious, chilled , inexpensive wine waiting for us at the end of our day. I drink white wine, Tomek drinks any wine, but his favorite is vino tinto. Surprisingly to us, it has been served chilled also and he says tastes amazing . At home he always dranked red wine in room temperature. Looks like from now it will changed... Lesson learned on Camino ❤️
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      Dzięki za plastyczne relacje z drogi i sporą garść historycznych ciekawostek w komentarzach. Wstawione piękne zdjęcia dodatkowo ułatwiają poczuć klimat Waszej pielgrzymki. Śpijcie i śnijcie słodko 💕

      9/21/22Reply
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      Przepiękne, uwielbiam krużganki.

      9/21/22Reply
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      ja też, tyle w ich zdobnictwie było detali, że chciałoby się t zostać dłużej i wszystkie przestudiować 🙄

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    • Day12

      Nájera

      September 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

      10.6 miles today. I sent my bag ahead to lighten my load and give my knee a bit of a break. I'll do the same tomorrow.
      I went faster today and was able to enjoy the town. They are in day 2 of a 4 day festival so we got to listen to a Spanish group singing while we waited for the monastery to open.
      The monastery was so cool. It had a mix of Roman and Gothic architecture, and had the tombs of ancient kings and their families.
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      Sounds like a good day!!!!!

      9/16/22Reply
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      Love the pictures ... keep them coming .... be safe and have fun ...

      9/16/22Reply
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      Love that face! 💜

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    • Day11

      Etappe 8 - Nájera 2

      September 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Angekommen in Najera gegen 12 Uhr. In vorhanden Pilgerherbergen wollte ich nach den letzten Nächten nicht absteigen. Brauche wieder eine Nacht für mich. Kleines Hotel gefunden: letztes Zimmer bekommen. Sauber und fein. Teile mir mit einem anderen Zimmer das Bad. Kein Problem. Wäsche gewaschen, hängt zum trocknen. Hoffe, dass morgen wieder alles trocken ist.
      Nach einigen kleinen OP 's an den Füßen bin ich zu einem kleinen Spaziergang aufgebrochen. Konnte noch einem Ehepaar aus Südafrika helfen, denn in meinem Hotel waren noch drei Betten in einem 9-Bett-Zimmer frei.
      Viele Pilger kommen jetzt schon mit ganz großen Blessuren an den Füßen. Sieht teilweise schlimm aus. Ich bin davon auch nicht ausgenommen, hoffe aber, dass ich morgen weiter kann.
      Trotzdem Nájera einmal Sitz der spanischen Könige war, ist dies kaum noch zu erkennen.
      Heute ist sie zur Bedeutungslosigkeit verkommen.
      Die Kirche bzw. das Kloster Santa Maria La Real bleiben das Kleinod der Stadt und sind für Spanien sehr wichtig.
      Mehr als die Hälfte der Bilder dieser Serie zeigen den prächtigen Bau. Fortsetzung folgt im Teil 2 dieser Stadt.
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