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  1. rappahannock_rev

    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....
  2. B

    The White Cross (Cross of Roldán)

    I don't have a copy of Brierley's guide to the Camino Francés, but, apparently, he states that the White Cross, between Roncesvalles and Burguete is 700 years old. If you have a copy, can you confirm that? The book cannot be read on Amazon or anything else, it seems. If you have a copy, can you...
  3. B

    What do you know about this statue?

    The attached photo was taken in 2016 in the main square of the large Monte do Gozo hostal/albergue. My googling is not the best, clearly, as I've not been able to find the name of the sculptor or when it was erected. Do you know? Any other information welcome e.g. if there was a model for the...
  4. andywild

    The metal pedestrian bridge

    Hi all, just a quick one . Can anyone tell me where the pedestrian bridge is.. the one that's made of metal and zigzags up and over a road (or train track??) I seem to remember it was in the latter half of the Frances . As I was walking into a town at the end of the day so it might be one of the...
  5. nidarosa

    What to see and do, or eat, for a few hours in Madrid?

    Say someone has managed to book travel to and from Madrid T4 to head north and start a camino later in the year - depending on restrictions etc, obvs - and had a grand total of 6 hours between landing and getting on the ALSA bus ... and wanted to see a slice of Madrid when it's so tantalisingly...
  6. rappahannock_rev

    Leon - 2nd Tier Sights

    In mid September I expect to resume my slow walk west from Leon, a wonderful place, and I'm budgeting a day at leisure there before setting off.... How to spend it?!? I've been thru Leon several times over the years. I could happily spend my leisure day re-visiting the Cathedral and its museum...
  7. D

    Rionegro (home of Me Gusta Comer) awaits its jubilee

    Article in the local paper - La Opinion de Zamora - with comments from Teo and other townspeople. The pandemic has been challenging for the small communities along the Camino where pilgrims stay in normal times. I can't think of a community that takes better care of pilgrims...
  8. Kanga

    Railway stations enroute

    In another thread @SabineP posted a photo of Antwerp railway station. It reminded me of all the stations I’ve passed through on the way to or from walking a camino. Some very beautiful. I always find them interesting, even the pedestrian ones. At the end of my very first camino, in 2001, I...
  9. Marc S.

    Monte de Gozo - statue commemorating visit of pope has been removed

    I was not aware of this, but apparently the statue of Pope John Paul 2 at Monte de Gozo has been removed. The plan was to renovate but it - according to this article - it will not return. This will also mean there will be a clearer view from the hill towards the city of Santiago...
  10. IngridF

    Monte do Gozo

    Good news: Monte do Gozo, ready for pilgrims The environment has been made more accessible and places in the hostel have been restored...
  11. VNwalking

    On the Camino: One Day at a Time, one Photo at a Time 4.0.

    Continuing our wonderful sharing on a new thread. (Haha, please don't feel shy to post here again today even if you already posted in the other thread! And don't worry about repeating yourself — none of us are the same people we were 6 months ago nor do we have the same eyes.) Today's choice is...
  12. ivar

    TV program about the "new" cathedral in Santiago

    It is in Galician and you can see it here (50 minutes)
  13. peregrina2000

    New mirador (lookout) at the Oseira Monastery

    Like many of the monasteries I have gotten to know on my Caminos, the Oseira monastery is located in a jaw-droppingly-beautiful location. When I stayed there, I took a little walk up, because in my experience, looking down at these sites is usually gorgeous. I’ve attached the pictures I took...
  14. alexwalker

    Surprising background of the Alto del Perdon

    On one of the first days of our Camino Frances walk, we come to the top of Alto del Perdon, with its windmills, and not least, metal sculptures of pilgrims. But what do these sculptures actually mean? Here's an explanation...
  15. C clearly

    Visigothic/Pre-Romanesque architecture for beginners

    Here we go on a follow-up to the wildly popular thread on Romanesque architecture for beginners. Remember - I know nothing about this, except what I write below. There are other members with similar lack of knowledge, who would like to learn something. Please try to help us rather than confuse...
  16. Theatregal

    The Beauty of Ruins

    I expect I'm not the only one who takes photos of ruins. The history, the stories they contain - remembered and forgotten. Houses, churches, hórreos, barns, cottages, stone walls, whole villages... Would love to see your photos and the location. This one, just past Bon Xesús on the way to...
  17. peregrina2000

    Industrial site museums on the caminos de Santiago

    There have been two recent descriptions by forum members who have visited former industrial sites turned into museums. The first was @jungleboy and @Wendy Werneth’s trip to the hat museum in Sao Joao da Madeira on the Camino Portugués. Interesting information from Nick and wendy here. More...
  18. Saint Mike II

    Fromista Canals? What was their purpose??

    Hola, I have walked and cycled the Camino Frances and have marveled at the canal structures as you enter the town of Fromista. Can someone enlighten me? (Please) Why were they built and by whom. First correct answer gets my thanks (and maybe a coffee at some point). The reason I ask is that...
  19. peregrina2000

    Uproar over the renovations of San Marcos (the parador in León)

    The gist of this article is that some pictures have been released showing the renovations to the San Marcos parador. The article describes the public's reaction as scandalized. Look for yourself -- it is the post-industrial chic look. At least there are no exposed pipes, at least that I can...
  20. islandwalker

    Málaga's new pedestrian bridge

    This week a new pedestrian bridge opened that offers some interesting possibilities for pilgrims starting the Mozárabe in Málaga. If you have an extra half-day at the beginning of your camino, you could use the bridge to explore the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce. There has long...