Villafranca del Bierzo

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  • Day140


    July 19 in Spain

    We hiked back up into some wine country today ending in Villafranca. Tomorrow, we will try to go about 18 miles ending with the climb to O’Cebreiro. The weather may be wet with some thunderstorms, so we will see if we get that far. ☔️🌩

    Tonight, we had a fun dinner with our friends from the Netherlands, England and Japan. The chickpea soup, that some ordered, ended up having intestine and some other unidentifiable bits which caused lots of uncontrollable laughter...good times. Thank goodness I had the pasta salad!!!

    We are at a stage of our journey where some of our group may go faster or slower to get to Santiago, so we hugged and talked of looking out for each other at the end in case we don’t see each other after tonight. I’m going to think positively and say we will see each other in Santiago, if not before! 🙂

    We have 113 miles left to go.
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  • Day26

    Hello from Laguna de Castille...a small town up in the Galician mountains. I arrived last night into Las Herrerias, a small town of 30. I found a small pensione with a private room for a little more than an albergue so I grabbed it up. The walk was pretty uneventful and not real scenic from Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerias. The hike followed a stream and a highway most of the day. Today is a very scenic day through the mountains and I will send out an update tonight if I have decent WiFi. Take care and thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day20

    Ponferrada -> 24km -> Villafranca del Bierzo
    First long walk for my mom and she made it! It was super nice, walking in the del Bierzo wine region. Was not aware that Spain had so many lovely white wines! Heat is rising here but the sun is highly appreciated

  • Day30

    Made the decision this morning to pause the Camino journey for this year. Eric is in too much pain to continue. Seems like Villafranca is the perfect place to pause. At this Church of Santiago there is the Door of Forgiveness where pilgrims could receive the certificate needed to receive their absolution (which they referred to as jubilee, as in Leviticus 25) if they were not well enough to continue.
    We walked 428 km (265 miles). Crossed the Pyrenees mountains, walked through multiple regions, across some of the meseta, and walked up the highest points on the camino. I look forward to finishing up another time, perhaps with more friends and family.
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  • Day29

    Walked in and instantly loved the church. The last few days of hiking have been on some sorts of shale and we began to see more and more stone houses of cut shale. The last few towns have had houses roofed with black shale. The church walls were made of cut shale and the vaulted ceilings used black shale. It felt very much like a church that fit into the village as opposed to being built of imported stone.Read more

  • Day26

    Villafranca del Bierzo

    June 24, 2017 in Spain

    Back in wine country!! Though I'm not going hard... Recovering from yesterday and getting rest in before the last big hike up a hill tomorrow. Can't believe how fast time has gone...
    Another great walking day even with tired legs and feet. Last night's celebrations had nothing to do with it of course! 😉

  • Day36

    Ponferrada to Villafranca - 25 kms

    October 27, 2017 in Spain

    I was in a room with three others, an Italian, one from Hong Kong, and the other from Tiawan. Those guys snore too. Had to use my ear plugs to get some sleep.

    Had a pretty good breakfast with yogurt, cofffee, OJ, and pastries, then packed and left in the dark. The sun does not rise until well after eight (8:56 tomorrow to be exact) and with no roosters and dogs to worry about, got a pretty good night's sleep once the ear plugs went in. Think I will alternate between the traditional albergue and the private room route. A private room is much nicer and quieter.

    Passed the castle on the way out, and if I recall the movie (The Way) correctly, it was in Ponferrada where the backpack was stolen, then the next day the son carried the pack to the city gates. No gates, but a pretty park. I think the attached picture is of the walkway. If not, then it is quite pretty anyway.

    Unusual trail markers and it's pretty difficult to get lost with something like that to point out the camino.

    Passing through one small village, it appears that Halloween is a big deal here, unless there is something I do not umderstand. We'll assume that it's all about Halloween.

    Fall is here. Not sure about where you are, but here it is fall. Met a group from Australia walking along and also ran into the Canadian individual that has walked this way several times. Guess she does not mind doing her laundry (but I do and I think that is the worse feature of the camino. Just love it when I can find machines or someone that will do it for a modest fee). Today I found a very nice albergue with several private rooms and the owners were willing to do my laundry for five euros. That is what I call a deal!

    The last picture is a view of the mountain I will be on for the next couple of days, then as far as I am concerned, it is all downhill. Once I reach Sarria, the trail becomes a known entity and the goal is in sight. I will pass through Sarria on the 4th day of walking (beginning tomorrow).

    I ate light tonight as I had a huge lunch and still trying to digest it. Yogurt is very healthy you know.

    Tomorrow, one more time, on the road again.
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  • Day36

    Villafranca to Herrerias - 22 kms

    October 27, 2017 in Spain

    Today was one of those days that occur all to infrequently. The morning was clear and brisk. As the sun rose and I could see more I realized that this just might be the best day of my camino. It will really take something to top it. Scenery was fall beautiful.

    Breakfast of yogurt, coffee and juice, and pastries paved the way for a perfectly delightful walk. While most of it was along an almost empty road, other parts were along a country lane with trees turning color, fields full of animals (think sheep and cattle) and streams keeping the woodsy noise pleasant and relaxing. It felt great to be alive!

    The trail had a steady uphill angle to it, and given that I still have to climb over 600 meters in about seven kms tomorrow, I want to leave early tomorrow and climb while it is cool. It will be really "cool" to arrive at O'cebreio and see the sunrise (I need a rooster tomorrow with an accurate clock).

    I had a second breakfast, then passed through a hamlet and noticed a house with an unusual in-law suite...on the third floor. So when the owner tires of his in-laws he just invites them to enjoy the view from the patio by stepping out the door and wala, all in-law issues are solved.

    The pilgrim stature made me realize that I still have a good distance to navigate, but have come a long way. If this wonderful fall weather continues, making Santiago by November 5 should not be an issue.

    Hope you enjoy the pictures. Lots of detail so please expand and see the sights.

    Lunch was a ham and egg omlet. A bit salty, but I was hungry and probably needed the salt. Plan to loaf around this afternoon and enjoy a Menu del Dia for dinner. I'm sitting outside the cafe enjoying the afternoon sun chatting with a pilgrim from Germany on her last more vacation.

    My room has a window that opens onto the street. Kids are playing, adults are chatting, and I'm thinking about a beer. Haven't had one in several days due to not feeling totally up to par, but today is a different day. Yep, I'm going down and grab a cold one.

    And it was really good! Also found out that dinner at seven is ok, so I'll enjoy an early dinner tonight.

    Dinner was a very large salad with tuna, chicken with French fries, and a navel orange for dessert. They gave me a very dull knife to cut it up. Anyway, very filling and am calling it a night.
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  • Day60

    Back to the Mountains!

    October 2, 2016 in Spain

    The last 3 days have been fantastic, walking back toward the mountains and passing through lovely villages. Along the way I met a sweet Camino cat who climbed right onto my lap when I knelt down to pet it. Another pilgrim I talked to later that day said the same cat jumped on his back pack & went along with him for about 1 km. I also got to hold & have a photo taken with Julie, the Harris hawk!

    Pic #3 stork nest on an old church; I've seen these huge nests all over the place, though apparently it's the wrong time of year for the birds to be hanging out in them as I haven't seen a one

    Pic #5 ahh, the mountains once again

    Pic #6 another Camino kitty
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