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  1. Gareth Griffith

    Research about the Camino OFF this website!!

    I read a few books about the Camino, watched Six Ways to Santiago and The Way, spent hours doing research on this forum and watched endless Youtube videos. However, I didn't research the places I was walking through. I've previously noted that Logroño is the heart of the Rioja region and I...
  2. Gareth Griffith

    An excellent reason to detour in Logroño

    When I did my Camino in 2016 I overnighted in Logroño at parochial albergue adjoining a church and then carried on the next day. Today I am busy planning my drive back to the UK from our apartment on the Costa Blanca. We are catching an early afternoon ferry from Bilbao which means making an...
  3. Gareth Griffith

    Please remember where you are...........

    I was reading the Great Westward Walk by the late Antxon- Bolitx having seen it recommended on another thread on this Forum. It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He recommends a couple of good Albergues and one of them is up at O Cebreiro. I wish I had known more about it before I...
  4. Gareth Griffith

    One of the best video blogs I have seen!

    This camino vblog has been done by a 37 year old Cuban walking the Camino from SJPdP. He takes a drone with him which gives you a superb bird's eye view of parts of the route. Throughout the videos he gives what, to my mind, is one of the truest accounts of what daily life is like whilst...
  5. Gareth Griffith

    Were you suckered?

    A while back there was an announcement that there was to be Camino Race. This caused a flurry of activity as people railed against this sacrilege on our Camino, fury was vente and people posted long and hard saying it should not be allowed to go ahead. This's announcement was made just before...
  6. Gareth Griffith

    Be Aware That Museums/Art Galleries Close Mondays

    One question that ofter comes up is "what advise would you give to a new pilgrim?" The answer I give is to look up how to avoid blisters and take care of your feet. The other bit of advice I would give is to remember that a lot of the interesting places that you would like to visit are closed on...
  7. Gareth Griffith

    A Very Special Camino

    Those that have done a Camino know that it is a bit of hard trek just looking after yourself. This video link of how two brothers did it is heart warming and uplifting. done to the sound track of "My Way" subtitled in Spanish but another sound track could be the Holllies, "He ain't heavy, he's...
  8. Gareth Griffith

    Great Music from Santiago de Compestela live via Facebook.

    If you were lucky enough to walk all the way to Santiago, you may have heard a Jazz guitarist in one of the squares calling himself "Jazzman En Compestela" you may (like me) have bought one or two of his CDs. If you befriend him on Facebook, he is now playing live and broadcasting to the world...
  9. Gareth Griffith

    One Oar, One Roller Skate, One Pedal on my Bike

    Why oh why oh why do people ask whether they need two trekking poles or could they get by with one as they like to have one hand free? Just don't buy any poles and have both hands free! When I go rowing my boat I always just take the one oar as it leaves me the other hand free to take photos as...
  10. Gareth Griffith

    Super new Albergue in Triacastela.

    Albergue Lemos has just opened it is just before the Albergue Oribio on the same side of the road. I have a dorm that should sleep twelve to myself. There are plenty of power sockets next to the bunks and lockers that will take most backpacks and they too have a PowerPoint inside them. The...
  11. Gareth Griffith

    Bussing it into Leon

    On page 175 of the Brierley guide John makes the case for getting a bus from Mansilla de las Mullas. Having caught the bus today(aSunday) I can fully endorse his recommendation purely on safety grounds. The Camino becomes a metre wide part of a very busy road with only a painted line on the...
  12. Gareth Griffith

    Latest blister prevention technique

    Published today in the UK Daily Mail on line. Click the link to find out more. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3534057/Never-blisters-Scientists-spend-two-years-studying-runners-discover-strip-surgical-tape-solves-problem.html
  13. Gareth Griffith

    Martin Sheen needs a GPS!

    Watching Martin Sheen in the film "The Way" he has a night in Roncesvalles and then moves on to within a few kilometres of Pamplona where he gives up on his fat friend who continues on to Pamplona on his own. He overnights and sets of the following morning, phoning home on his mobile to tell his...
  14. Gareth Griffith

    Don't try this at home!

    One of my friends sent me this. She said I'd laugh. I did. You will too. Watch it a couple of times........... http://i.imgur.com/2SvpTAA.gifv
  15. Gareth Griffith

    One of the selection of favourite albergues......

    I have been perusing the list of favourite albergues and doing some further research on t'internet. The Youtube link attached below relates to the albergue San Juan Bautista and seeing this video I can understand why it is listed as"for quite a lot of pilgrims the best refuge on the camino". The...
  16. Gareth Griffith

    Reviews about Orisson

    I was reading the reviews about Orisson on TripAdvisor and although they are written in English, French and Spanish I could follow them all without the use of the Google translate ( I am smartarse aren't i?). They are great because some of them highlight how self absorbed some people are but...
  17. Gareth Griffith

    What to see, what to do........What to eat.

    I have been reading Tim Moore's book "Spanish Steps, travels with my donkey" for the second time. It is a great book and it was the one that started my interest in the Camino de Santiago. I seriously recommend it as a good read and informative in so many ways. Your library might be able to lend...
  18. Gareth Griffith

    Printing the list of Albergues on the Camino Frances?

    Hi All, Somewhere on this site you can find a list of all the Albergues on the Camino Frances as at May 2015. If you are trying to print this list I strongly recommend that after hitting file >print and before you confirm by hitting the actual "print" button you select the option to print...
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