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You know how it is, you've been home a month or so after walking and then out of nowhere a memory comes back to you with force. today I suddenly remembered walking out of Pontevedra before sunrise in May through a dark, narrow street and suddenly the air was filled with the wonderful aroma of cakes and bread being baked. The shop wasn't open otherwise I would just have to have stopped to buy.

Aside from the perhaps less appealing smells of boots and cows, does anyone else have any favourite olfactory memories of the Camino?
 

milsub

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I will walk first part of Camino de Santiago May/June (2016)
I remember the wonderful sweet smell of a tree. But I do not know what it is. It was all over the road from Pamplona to Logrono and had smal yellow/white flowers. Maybe somebody can help?
 
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Dutchwalk53

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IMG_0361.JPG The smell of the yellow plants. I'm not sure what they are called in English. I don't think we have them in the USA (at least not here in the South East). Growing up in The Netherlands, it was a sign of that spring had arrived when those plants were blooming :)
 
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Dutchwalk53

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I remember the wonderful sweet smell of a tree. But I do not know what it is. It was all over the road from Pamplona to Logrono and had smal yellow/white flowers. Maybe somebody can help?
see my previous post. Maybe those are the ones you mean ?
 

mspath

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View attachment 27531 The smell of the yellow plants. I'm not sure what they are called in English. I don't think we have them in the USA (at least not here in the South East. Growing up in The Netherlands, it was a sign of that spring had arrived when those plants were blooming :)
The sweet smelling plant which you fondly remember probably is Spanish broom (Spartium junceum). See more info in the RHS site here.
 

Kanga

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Wild thyme. It was flowering in profusion when I walked this year. I would deliberately push my trekking pole down into a clump sometimes, just for the pleasure of the wave of delight that arose.
 

TerryB

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milsub

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I will walk first part of Camino de Santiago May/June (2016)
I think it will be White Spanish Broom - grows to a height of 3 meters. This is just a small garden one:-
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Not totally convinced, because the plant I am looking for was a tree not a bush (almost sure - but not 100%). Will try to find White Spanish Broom some place and see if I recognize the smell.
 

kellyz

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I love this thread! I am always trying to discover the source of the "gum drops" smell in grassy/weedy areas, especially in Galicia. Maybe fennel? In any case it is a very happy smell.
 

MichaelB10398

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I love this thread! I am always trying to discover the source of the "gum drops" smell in grassy/weedy areas, especially in Galicia. Maybe fennel? In any case it is a very happy smell.
Yes, I think you have it - that wonderful spice drop smell is fennel.
 

NeeT

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June/July 2016
Walking at the moment and can't help but stop evertime I pass some jasmine or lavender (which I've picked to help me with my sleep :p:rolleyes:)
 

movinmaggie

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View attachment 27531 The smell of the yellow plants. I'm not sure what they are called in English. I don't think we have them in the USA (at least not here in the South East). Growing up in The Netherlands, it was a sign of that spring had arrived when those plants were blooming :)
Possibly Forsythia?
 

Beth Aitken

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You know how it is, you've been home a month or so after walking and then out of nowhere a memory comes back to you with force. today I suddenly remembered walking out of Pontevedra before sunrise in May through a dark, narrow street and suddenly the air was filled with the wonderful aroma of cakes and bread being baked. The shop wasn't open otherwise I would just have to have stopped to buy.

Aside from the perhaps less appealing smells of boots and cows, does anyone else have any favourite olfactory memories of the Camino?
I remember walking through an area where pimento grew. The lovely smell was sith us off and on for two or three days. And then of course, how could one forget the smell of fresh chocolate croissants?
 

Jeff Crawley

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but 2019?
Walking up the hill out of SJPP first thing in the morning, honeysuckle climbing over a garden wall on the left hand side.
 

howlsthunder

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I remember how clean and fresh the air always seemed everywhere in general, because my previous experiences in Europe weren't that way (I'm from Alaska, so I'm used to some pretty darn fresh air!)

But my favorite olfactory experience was finding lilac growing near the Camino. At home, everyone has lilacs and I it's the one garden plant I'm good at caring for. But for the last 10 years, I've worked a seasonal job that takes me away from home so it had been nearly a decade since I'd been able to actually smell my favorite flower.

I smelled and smelled and smelled that tree. mmm!
 

JimGeier

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CF Autumn 2017
VDLP Spring 2020
I loved the smell of the eucalyptus trees in the forests of Galicia. Generally I loved the forests in Galicia, and the smell of the eucalyptus and the beauty of those old, tall trees.

Buen Camino!
--jim--
 

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