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    LIVE from the Camino Via Francigena- Lucca to Rome

    @Camino Chrissy Thanks for your post. More than 7 years since I walked that stage but you brought it all back to me. A stunning day. I even remembered looking in that first aid box too :)
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    I need help with a picture from the museum

    Not an expert but they look like gilded wood to me. The gold coating has peeled quite badly from one of them.
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    Buses along the way

    Many of the smaller villages have no bus service. Or perhaps only on one or two days per week. You may find that taxis are your only option if you cannot complete a stage
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    Closure of holy buildings

    Sadly I find nothing amusing in it. As someone who used to have overall responsibility for the safety and upkeep of a couple of churches I am all too aware that times have changed. There may have been a time in the past where a general respect for sacred spaces kept them fairly safe from theft...
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    List of Towns Based Upon Total Distance from or to Santiago

    Have you tried the Godesalco planificador? https://godesalco.com/plan/frances
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    Before Refugio Gaucelmo opened pilgrims sometimes slept on the floor of a room in Rabanal's only bar. I did that myself. The next day I slept in the old school room in El Acebo which was used now and again by pilgrims. No beds, toilet or running water unfortunately and the village bar was a...
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    Your preferred sello (stamp)

    Any of the elaborate combinations of red ink stamp and brush calligraphy that pilgrims receive in their pilgrim record books at each of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage circuit.
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    That one works fine. Thanks!
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    That is a local address for a storage drive connected to your own computer. Not an internet address. Unless someone has hacked into your machine they won't be able to read it!
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    A couple of years ago I very unwisely accepted an invitation to speak to a gathering in London about how I felt pilgrimage had changed over the 30 years since my first Camino. Thinking about the Via Francigena and other routes as well as the Caminos. Fortunately for me COVID saved me from...
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    Thank you so much for the link. Just listened to the podcast. I've had the Davidson & Gitlitz guide on my bookshelves for years. A superb piece of work. So good to hear them both giving some personal anecdotes and perspectives on their journeys. A few little things that took me back to my own...
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    Pilgrim Office QR Code Question

    I think the option you are looking for is "Estados Unidos".
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    The yellow arrows didn't "come back" as such. Not a feature of the medieval Camino. The yellow arrows were an innovation during the reinvention of the Camino in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Legend has it that the colour was accidental because Fr Valiña came across a free source of surplus...
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    What Was The Camino Like Pre-Resurgence in Popularity?

    I walked my first Camino - the Camino Frances - in 1990. A very different experience from my most recent CF in 2016. The most obvious difference is in numbers walking. There were about 5,000 Compostelas issued in 1990. Upwards of 350,000 this year already. So roughly 70 people walking now for...
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    Currency exchange in Ferrol?

    As @trecile says you are unlikely to find anywhere in Ferrol offering currency exchange. You  might find somewhere at the airport when you arrive but even there it is uncertain these days. If you really must exchange currency notes rather than use an ATM then I suggest you do so in a major city...
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