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Easter recs in Galica? Walking with a senior citizen advice


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I walked the Camino Frances for SJPDP in September of 06 and am excited to be returning to Spain in April to walk again with my father. He has talked about my journey nonstop for the past four years- I think it best to have his own journey to remember.
My dad is now 73 and has Parkinson's disease. He will be able to walk about 10-15km a day. We will have 6 days to be on the Camino.
I am thinking to start in Ponferrada and use both our feet and a bus according to how he feels and how much time we have. He would like to walk for at least a few days. I would like him to see villages like Villafranco del Bierzo and O Cebreiro but I know the up hill hiking will be difficult for him. Can we walk a few days along that section of the Camino, bus further along until Palas del Rei and then continue our walking from there? Finally, do any towns around that areas do anything special for Semana Santa, in particular, Easter Sunday. My father would love to see a procession like they do in Sevilla and hear some choir music. Any suggestions on how we can make this trip work would be most appreciated!
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you are pretty wonderful to be helping your dad to experience his own camino. Since you've already walked the camino, you'll be familiar with where the challenges are.

Celebrating Semana Santa is pretty universal in Spain. Processions vary in size. Certainly Villafranca del Bierzo, Melide, and Arzua will have processions.

I'm sure folks who have spent more time in Spain will have more information. Reb?

Sincere best wishes for a wonderful camino for both of you.


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