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  1. Felice

    Somewhere in Western Galicia

    This was the dovecote(?) in June 2015. Interesting to compare it to the picture on the caminodosfarros website, where it looks a lot more derelict. In June 2015, I passed by on my way to Muxia. The place was shut, with some works going on inside.
  2. Felice

    A Guitarist NOT on the Camino

    Having tried to learn classical guitar in my youth, I was overwhelmed by the camera work in the first movement. The angle chosen was perfect - a view of both hands from below so that the movement of the fingers of the right hand were visible, along with the perfect alignment of the wrist. Then...
  3. Felice

    Albergues - between Cadavo Baleira and Lugo, and Melide and O Pedruzo

    There is an albergue just off the camino near Gondar, at Roméan, the Rectoral de Roméan. It only opened last year to much enthusiasm, but it has put in a request for help to see it over this difficult period. Whether it will still be open next year might be debatable. See...
  4. Felice

    Another church I missed on the Olvidado— after Aguilar de Campoo

    We have driven past Matamorisca so many times over the years, not knowing the church was there.......
  5. Felice

    Drum roll please — Restoration of San Miguel in Naranco

    I loved San Miguel de Lillo. A real gem of a church inside with amazing carvings. I was really disappointed to not be allowed to take photos and also that there seemed to be no postcards or anything available either.
  6. Felice

    Evolution of the Albergue Paradigm

    In the past, I was very anti camping on the camino frances, because I thought that the litter, rubbish etc was bad enough and would only be worse with more camping, not to mention the fire risk. But in the current circumstances, I'm less certain. People above keep saying there are plenty of...
  7. Felice

    On this date in May...

    No sneaking in for me - the OP is dated 'Today at 1.20am'! And on 11/5/17, I was setting out from Oviedo on the Primitivo. For the past few years, I have walked in mid May - 15/5/16 the Camino Catalan 11/5/17 the Camino Primitivo 14/5/18 the Camino Salvador 18/5/19 the Via Podiensis...
  8. Felice

    Camping Can you camp along the Camino?

    Back in the late 1970s, we wild camped in northern Spain on a couple of holidays, including various places around the route of the Camino Frances. We had no idea as to whether it was legal or not - I doubt that it entered our young heads at all. Generally, things went well and we had some superb...
  9. Felice

    Footwear advice

    Not sure that you'll want my choice of footwear - these: https://www.sportsdirect.com/reebok-quick-chase-mens-trainers-130004#colcode=13000437 I bought Moab goretex shoes for my first camino but at the last moment, I realised they made my feet far too hot and so I switched to an already well...
  10. Felice

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2020?

    Another walk on the Malvern Hills again this morning. I am so fortunate that they are only 5 mins walk from my front door. This was the view from the spot where I stopped and had some coffee. The sun was warm, the air was full of the scent of gorse and the gentle murmur of the breeze hid the...
  11. Felice

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2020?

    Yesterday morning I went walking on the Malvern Hills. Usually on an Easter Sunday, they would be bustling with activity, with cyclists, dog walkers and families galore. But instead I had the paths nearly all to myself. Such a special moment in these crazy times.
  12. Felice

    Can we please stop using the word "devastated"?

    Language evolves through time. For example, if I got £1 every time I heard/read someone using 'literally' incorrectly, I'd be rich. Same with devastated. It is no longer used in quite the same way as it was when I was young. There are many more words like this. Communication uses much more...
  13. Felice


    I recent read The Murmur of Bees, by Sofía Segovia. Set in Mexico in the early years of the 20th century, at a time of great change and upheaval. The Spanish flu makes an appearance! The English translation is excellent. Next up is Kim Ghattas, Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that...
  14. Felice

    Haikus for our Postponed Caminos

    The plastic bags fall silent Gone is the tip tip tapping The camino is resting
  15. Felice

    Corona Virus Discussion Thread (continued)

    Another aspect of panic buying - my son works for John Lewis, in a distribution depot. The call went out last week for anyone whose work is not essential, to consider helping out at a Waitrose shop this week. Waitrose has been inundated with online orders and the shops cannot cope! Too few staff...
  16. Felice

    Bus to Santo Domingo de Silos

    Falcon, for some strange reason, I just cannot get the website to work. Usually, just making sure that the website has not been translated, seems to get it to work, but that does not work this time. Could I ask you to tell me what time the bus back leaves in the morning? Also, does it say how...
  17. Felice

    Bus to Santo Domingo de Silos

    That was the option I found too, only a bit further on to Hacinas, but with my poor Spanish, I'm not sure if I would be able to find a taxi to get me there or not!
  18. Felice

    Bus to Santo Domingo de Silos

    Another option might be just to take a day to visit the Ermita de Santa Maria de Lara that Alan also visited. Another visigothic gem. It's at Quintanilla de las Vinas, a 6km walk from Mambrillas de Lara, which is by the main road and has a bus service.
  19. Felice

    Bus to Santo Domingo de Silos

    VN, thanks for that link - that was the one I found several months ago. But now the website is unresponsive. I'm wondering if the company has gone bust, or if they only run a seasonal service. Most annoying!
  20. Felice

    Bus to Santo Domingo de Silos

    I'm walking the camino Frances again in May, and I would like to take a side trip to visit the monastery at Santa Domingo. Early, I came across a reference to a daily bus from Burgos there in the evening and another one back the next day. All I can find at the moment is a bus from Burgos to...

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