If I understand correctly, it was provided so that those on the wealthy side could have a steady supply of workers crossing over from the Portugalete side...and the owners of the businesses on the Portu side could travel easily too. I walked and crossed almost daily for many months as I lived on the Portu side and walked to Algorta. I learned to decipher the conversations as I passed people. Here the weather is the common currency. There, what is going to be cooked up for la comida!Approaching Portugalete via the East Bank of the river, on a quiet sunny Sunday morning. With just a hint of the Viscaya Bridge in the distance. The locals call it the hanging bridge (Puente Colgante), it is the first of its kind ever to be built, a distinction which earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. It operates every 8 minutes. May , 2018.
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I don’t know exactly when they upgraded the path up Alto del Perdon but the difference between my walks in 2014 and 2016 was dramatic. I had a very similar experience as you in 2013 and found myself on my butt a couple of times on the way up. In 2016 I told my wife to brace herself as we began our ascent. At the top I was informed that I was a little dramatic... indeed, they had turned the slick goat trail into a gentle path that could easily be biked up! Oddly, I prefer the former to the latter...Uterga, my boots
photo taken October 22, 2012
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Up and down through hell
The path up the infamous Alto de Perdon in October 2012 soon became churning mud. Cold white fog hid any view as alone and frightened I plodded precariously while slowly lifting each heavy mud-covered boot. On the windy summit rain poured down.
Then began the even more hellish descent. Scree and multitudes of tennis-ball size stones covered the treacherous downward muddy path for the next few kms. The rain never ceased.
At dusk outside the Uterga albergue I took this photo for permanent proof of all that mud.
That was the last stop on my first Camino. Having walked the Frances, I'd got a train all the way back to San Sebastian to meet friends for a stag weekend (major gear change) and then decided to walk from Bilbao to Santander to catch a ferry home to Plymouth. The Norte is so different, isn't it?
Yes it is but we thoroughly enjoyed it and made a few different Camino families along the way. We still keep up with some of them and one young German lass has visited us in Australia. Quite challenging in places but wonderful scenery and we are very glad we walked it in 2018!That was the last stop on my first Camino. Having walked the Frances, I'd got a train all the way back to San Sebastian to meet friends for a stag weekend (major gear change) and then decided to walk from Bilbao to Santander to catch a ferry home to Plymouth. The Norte is so different, isn't it?
Very interesting to see the Cathedral in this condition. Looking at it, it seems that there is just the beginnings of the orange colouring that would eventually cover the entire structure. Of course that would be removed when the renovation was completed. Now it leaves me wondering if the air quality has degraded significantly over the second half of the 20 century that accelerated the need for this major reno. If this continues, will we see another reno within our life time? Thanks for posting this image!A very standard, very ordinary picture of SDC Cathedral, it is however very special to me. It is the first time that I saw the Cathedral when I visited it in October 1964, 57 years ago. No walking involved. Ship to Vigo and then bus. Apologies for the quality of the picture, it is a scan from a very old transparency.
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Ah, yes, I see it now. I enjoyed that stretch, much nicer than the road variant I tried one year. It was flat, boring and right beside a major highway the entire time. It will always be a left turn at Virgen del Camino for me from now on!It's between León and Villar de Mazarife.
I remember there being Roman roads along the Way, but is there one here?
Hi @zrexer - nice to have you join the thread, great pics. Just wanted to share a suggestion that has been used on this thread so we keep it viable for users with all different internet capabilities - there has been a general agreement to post thumbnails rather than full images as this is a long thread and bogs down slow internet users. Cheers and good to have you join the fun! Jordon.
Yes, @zrexer. You've got some beautifulHi @zrexer - nice to have you join the thread, great pics. Just wanted to share a suggestion that has been used on this thread so we keep it viable for users with all different internet capabilities - there has been a general agreement to post thumbnails rather than full images as this is a long thread and bogs down slow internet users. Cheers and good to have you join the fun! Jordon.
We must have missed this in 2016 when we went through Barcelos! We will also have to go back!View attachment 95185 View attachment 95186
Two today . Camino Portugues 2015.
Archeological museum of Barcelos.
Next time I will stay longer to explore. Detail of a medieval courtbench.
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I used the road because my knees were feeling not so good. No traffic, no cyclists, no pilgrims, low cloud and then pouring rain. But the hotel I stayed at in Molinaseca was lovely.One of my favourite parts of the Camino. Sunny day, no traffic, good brakes and an excellent lunch by the river bank in Molinaseca. Only took about 30 minutes from the top.
VN told me that this was one of the places that she lit a candle for my mom, who was in her last weeks of life at this time five years ago.The very special Santa Maria del Camino in Carrion de los Condes.
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I sure wish I had this site in my pocket the times I was there:
The current church of Santa María del Camino was built around the mid-twelfth century, likely during the reign of Alfonzo VII (1127-57), after the end of a period of civil war and popular rebellions.www.romanesquespain.com
A favorite picture of mine but yours is prettier.
That is what I had roughly worked out. Thank you for your kind words about the picture. About 5 minutes later it was pouring with rain.A favorite picture of mine but yours is prettier.
I've worked on that translation. I would translate the Spanish sign to an American sign as:
Steep slopes next 10 miles
Proceed with caution
"Pendentes fuertes" is "strong slopes" but the "pendente" seems to have gotten confused with some financial jargon, the English "outstanding debt" and in Spanish a meaning of debt on a slope. In my mind both worrying about money possibly getting away (money out in a field instead of my pocket).
The Spanish "en" (Normally translated as "in") seems to have an immediate situational positioning but in American English "in" has a more distant meaning; "in 5 days" means you wait that time before something happens. If you saw that actual sign you knew you didn't have to wait for the steepness.
The "circule" was likely translated by picking out the closest looking word in a list in a Spanish/English dictionary.
A post of mine from last year on a predecessor thread that mentions what a sheep's behind leaves behind.I don’t mind what they remove but I do object to what they leave behind...
There are a few albergues that I will definitely return to on my next Camino, and this is one of them!
We tried to go back in 2017, but were a bit too late to secure beds.There are a few albergues that I will definitely return to on my next Camino, and this is one of them!
We tried to go back in 2017, but were a bit too late to secure beds.
The room in my picture above led out to a fantastic terrace overlooking the beautiful village where we shared a bottle of vino. I am taking the liberty to post one more picture of that view.
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I enjoyed this new information with my breakfast! Thank you so much. Who knows if I will set eyes on it sometime. A friend from Pamplona belongs to a family in a nearby mountain village. The family home is known by all around by the name of the women whose line it follows. It can be traced to the 1700s.Castil de Peones, such a romantic name for a town.
Reality is sadder.
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This town had apparently been on the original Francés, and has definitely passed its glory days: only 31 people live here now. Some history of this remarkable building, La Casona
CASTIL DE PEONES. A 10 km de Briviesca y hasta hace poco atravesado por la carretera de Francia, que como es sabido, seguía la calzada r...zaleza.blogspot.comDe todos es conocido que los escudos de armas, en su mayoría creados en la época medieval, eran nuestros códigos QR actuales. Los escaneas y te llevan a una dirección. Los escudos de armas dan info…decastil.wordpress.com
And then it collapsed, resulting in the sad sight we see now:
El 20 de Diciembre de 2014 en la entrada “EL LENGUAJE DE LAS PIEDAS” hablábamos de la casona de Castil de Peones; casona de los Varona y Aguilar del Siglo XVI, hoy queremos comentar que el 6 de Ago…decastil.wordpress.com