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  1. rappahannock_rev

    The Two "Chickentown" Paradores

    Because age and infirmity are finally about to limit my ability to walk cross country, I'm thinking of significantly upgrading the places I stay next year, and just --- quite decadently --- indulging myself! I've walked many of the various principal Camino routes (since 1977), but I've never...
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    Festive Fall dates on the Meseta

    I went off to walk the Camino Ingles this year with a brooding sense that something bad was about to happen to me. Well, nothing did! I flew home on June 8 ---- and one week later I fell and broke multiple vertebrae in my back. Excruciating, debilitating pain. I lived on hydrocodone for weeks...
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    "La Memoria de los Ninos"

    At the entrance to El Burgo Ranero there is a lovely monumental cross, It bears this inscription: "A la memoria de los ninos." Anybody know the story behind that inscription?
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    Where Was This Photo Taken?

    My May 2022 Frances was difficult. (Don't get old!) I attach a photograph taken at the place where my physical difficulties began. It was a bar/albergue where I paused for a good cold Kas Limon. It was west of the Casa Morgade, and before Portomarin. It was on the left-hand side of the trail...
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    St. Lawrence of Brindisi, July 21st

    My Anglican Catholic calendar notes that today, July 21st, is the feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi. He was a Counter-Reformation Roman Catholic priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and a noted theologian -- indeed, he was named a "Doctor of the Church" by Pope John XXIII in 1959.. He...
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    Peninsular War Memorials

    On my 2021 Camino Frances I saw something I had not seen on my several previous passages through Astorga. Leaving the Plaza Cathedral one fine September morning, headed for the Puerto Obispo, I saw a fairly large monumental slab attached to a home on my right. Upon examination I found it to be...
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    Iberia Express Check-in @ Barajas

    Where is the Iberia Express check-in desk at MAD Barajas? Does one simply check in at the regular Iberia T4 check-in desk?
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    Pulpo in Melide

    On my next Frances I plan to arrive in Melide in plenty of time to have a leisurely mid-day meal of it's celebrated pulpo. Last time it was at the Ezequiel. Any pulpo enthusiasts got a better suggestion? The Garnacha, perhaps? (And I'll have Ascension Thursday free in SdeC where, I'm told...
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    SdeC Ascension 2022

    Attn SdeC residents and etc: I'm planning on my Spring 2022 walk to arrive in SdeC on Wednesday, May 25, and then enjoy at my leisure the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, May 26, 2022. What can you tell me about any special SdeC Ascension events/activities?
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    Mint Mobile International Calling

    Back home in the States I get my phone service from "Mint Mobile" (which piggy-backs very cheaply off T-Mobile). A very satisfied customer! "Mint Mobile" advertises International Calling and International Roaming rates, which would allow me to keep my same phone number.... I've never tried that...
  11. rappahannock_rev

    25 July 2022

    I'm looking at several 7-10-day walk possibilities next summer, one of which would get me into SdeC in time for St. James' Day.... Now, over the years I've been fortunate enough to enjoy several fine Spanish festivals -- the Tres Burgos in Pamplona and the San Mateo in Logrono come to mind...
  12. rappahannock_rev

    A Great Kindness in El Ganso

    September 21, 2021, a week or so after I injured my left ankle, I was still (stupidly) trying to walk as much as possible and to stick to my planned itinerary. I set off from Astorga that fine morning wearing compression wrap on my foot and using (first-time ever!) Nordic trekking poles. They...
  13. rappahannock_rev

    My Meeting with Ivar

    My strange 2021 CF was over. It had been a tough one due to the fact that I'd broken my left ankle waaaaay back in Burgos, and then kept on walking waaaaay longer than I should have. (Not smart!) However, the frustrating walk ended on a very high, happy note! Upon reaching SdeC (by bus) I...
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    LIVE from the Camino Rappahannock reports in, from Camino Francés

    Arrived in Burgos by bus from Barajas around 1:30 pm on Monday Sept 12. Visit #4. And shortest visit, btw. (First one in 1977.) Georgeous weather. Strolled easily into the Old Quarter, then lunched on the busy pedestrianized street La Paloma, at Los Tonales. Food not as good as I remembered...
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    OBSOLETE COVID THREAD USA "Documents of Recovery"

    On 1 August I tested positive for COVID-19. I self-isolated for three weeks +. On 27 August I revisited my doctor, tested negative, and secured from him a signed and dated letter, on official letterhead, stating that I'd tested negative, and was "currently cleared to end isolation and therefore...
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    Burgos - September 14th

    September 14th is Holy Cross Day. A middlin' big deal for Catholics and traditionalist Anglicans and Lutherans.... Way back in 2015 I chanced to be in Burgos on September 14th, and after a rather awful Chinese lunch near the bus station (my friends' idea, not mine!) I strolled thru the Arco S...
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    I finished my most recent walk in Spain on 1 October 2019, with a long, late lingering dinner at the Taberna Aurea, Plaza del Grano, Leon. Sort of a wistful “Last Supper” mindset. Scrambled eggs with aged cheese and pine nuts. No French fries in sight. And then, next morning, it was off to MAD...
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    Status of the Cowboy Bar

    I've always stopped for a refreshing sidra at the Cowboy Bar in El Ganso. but in several very recently made Camino-walker-videos the place looks closed. Anyone able to speak to that? I plan to pass through El Ganso in September, and would be very sorry to hear that it's gone....
  19. rappahannock_rev

    Busing to the Camino in 2021

    I'm a big fan of bus travel in Spain, and have been frustrated for many months by the fact that I was unable to book September 2021 bus tickets on line -- the whole virus/shut-down thing, of course.... Well, the times they are a-changing! As of this week, September bus tickets are bookable...
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    OBSOLETE COVID THREAD "Permanently Closed"

    A first-time major bummer! Idly surfing the internet for the websites of places where I've stayed in the past, or might like to stay in the future, I finally encountered something I'd been expecting and dreading. Using big red letters I was informed that the b&b/restaurante Las Delicias del...

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