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Le Puy 2018;
Villatuerta, private albergue
photos taken October 20, 2011
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This rough pebble floored space is the entrance hall of the Casa Magica, a 300 years old farmhouse in Villatuerta where I stayed in 2011. In the past grapes for vino tinto were stamped/crushed on that floor.
Renovated/repurposed as an albergue by the hosts the on-going adaptation was charming. Family furniture, bits and pieces, plus new basics were well mixed together.
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The loggia strung with colorful hammocks for shady siestas out of the sun would be very appealing during summer heat, but it was not quite as inviting in the October chill.
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However, my tiny nook was very cozy for autumn sleeping. A German woman, the only other pilgrim, and I each had one within a larger dorm. How nice it was to have a "room" of one's own, even if miniscule, after other nights in crowded spaces!
Best of all the well positioned stainless steel showers sprayed limitless hot water onto you, not the walls, and draining immediately left no slippery puddles on the floor. Bliss.
I wonder if today the Casa is still as magical as it was 10 years ago?
Thanks Renshaw. Can you mark your photo on a map to get long./lat. ? By "out of" do you mean before or after?
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The main meal of the day in the albergue municipal in Azofra. CF 2011.
The kind of pasta that you only seem to make on a Camino.
Tomatopassata, can of tuna , a red bell pepper and some basic herbs. Forget the garlic / onion because that means too much chopping after a long walking day...
Will not win a cookery price but my fellow pilgrim for the first 19 days and I enjoyed it.
Margret , I am so useless at this , the sign is on the left of Calle Major , opposite a fairly modern building . You need to emulate the photo by using the poplar trees. It is there. This is exiting town. There is nothing similar to the painting in the following town.Thanks Renshaw. Can you mark your photo on a map to get long./lat. ? By "out of" do you mean before or after?
Thanks again Renshaw. I will try to plot it and send you that info. Carpe diem.Margret , I am so useless at this , the sign is on the left of Calle Major , opposite a fairly modern building . You need to emulate the photo by using the poplar trees. It is there. This is exiting town. There is nothing similar to the painting in the following town.
Beautiful photo! I’m curious what rain gear did you purchase that you are happy with?A First Day hike to get us back on track walking more regularly so we are ready to walk a camino when possible. It was pouring rain and slippery- brought back memories of both our Coastal Portugues and Vasco. We did however get to finally test rain gear purchased last Jan. They passed the test- we are ready.
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Thanks for sharing your evocative photos. March 2007 I detoured from Arzua to Sobrado and attended Vespers with one other 'outsider'.Monastery of Santa Maria de Sobrado. Originally built in 952, when it was dedicated to San Salvador. By the 12thC it was abandoned, before the Cistercians began monastic life there.
After a period of decline, in 1498 Sobrado was the first abbey in Galicia to join the Castilian Cistercian Congregation.
The monumental new Baroque abbey church was dedicated in 1708. Most of the conventual buildings were also rebuilt at this time.
The dissolution of the monasteries enforced by the government of Mendizabal in 1835 put an end to the abbey, and the abandoned buildings fell into decay.
In 1954 the Cistercian ( Trappist) monks of Viaceli Abbey in Cobreces, west of Santander, began reconstruction, having already refounded and restored Huerta Abbey in 1929, and were able to resettle the monastery with a new community in 1966.
We were lucky to be there for an evening concert of three Galician choirs including a children's choir.
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We were also very fortunate to go to Vespers, we ducked out of the concert before it finished so we could do this and it was a very meaningful experience. There were only a few of the pilgrims staying that night who attended Vespers, we felt very privileged to have this experience.Thanks for sharing your evocative photos. March 2007 I detoured from Arzua to Sobrado and attended Vespers with one other 'outsider'.
It was a true privilege to share such a timeless ambiance.
I purchased Mountain Hardware rain pants as we had been walking with only rain jackets and got soaked to the skin on the Portugues (18) and Vasco (19). I found them on sale and we are very happy with them even though we had to wait almost a year to use them. Light weight and with ankle zippers so they can be pulled on quickly over my very wide Altras. I believe they are similar to these: https://www.sierra.com/mountain-hardwear-exponent-2-rain-pants-waterproof-for-men~p~706gh/Beautiful photo! I’m curious what rain gear did you purchase that you are happy with?
April 23, 2019 - Morgade to Portos - Meditation theme: Self-confidence
As we trekked through Portomarin, we stopped in a restaurant for a late breakfast. I asked our server if there was any Tarta de Santiago (I developed quite a liking for that cake!). She told us it had just arrived from the bakery. As she opened the box, I asked if I could please take a picture … so here is the Tarta de Santiago just before we got at it! A traditional local cake made with almond flour, and it is simply sumptuous with café con leche, muy caliente! Why not look up a recipe? Later, we reached Portos and stayed at the albergue Paso de Formiga, with its sculptures of giant ants in the yard. Portos was the smallest pueblo in which we stayed. Rory’s guidebook indicated it had a population of 2!
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Margaret, I believe this is the house you speak of in Pamplona, shortly before arriving at the city gates.Kirkie,
Walking into Pamplona I often passed a small house decorated with many shells on the Camino Burlada near the puente de la Magdelina. It was great folkart.
I've seen it twice...both in April in 2015 and 2017. It looked no worse for the wear so my bet it is still standing tall and lovely!Camino Chrissy,
Bingo! How nice it is to see it again; is it still there or has has it gone with new urbanization? Thanks for finding it.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
Cofradia del Santo
photos taken February 22, 2006
This post discusses an old albergue space of the local confraternity , Cofradia del Santo.
First established in the 12th c. to help/host pilgrims the confraternity continues today.
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Walking 16 km in February from Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada was exhausting. At the Cofradia del Santo headquarters the door on the left was open; a poster inside read "telephone to stay"; I called and was told to wait for the hospitalero.
When the young seminarian/ hospitalero arrived we climbed an historic staircase to this simple albergue space; he tried unsuccessfully to turn on the heater.
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Facilities included beds for 20 plus extra blankets, a simple hot plate, kettle and one shower/ toilet combo.
An Irish guy arrived; shivering we shared tea, biscuits and conversation. We chose bunks along the interior partition, not against an exterior wall, since old walls are often uninsulated and frigid; a 'sandwich' for sleeping was made by folding a blanket in half the long way, placing the sleeping bag on top of the bottom half and pulling the top half over all.
Nevertheless at dawn the albergue was truly freezing; I could see my white breath. Leaving when the famous garden coop chickens crowed, I was relatively warm in a nearby cafe eating a hot breakfast.
If you stay at the multi-story 211 bed extremely comfortable Cofradia albergue which opened 2013 adjacent to the medieval headquarters do recollect how simple their facility once was.
Glad to read that you had a happy stay with your mom; did the chickens crow at dawn?My mom and I stayed there August, 2001. Your pic brings back nice memories.
She would bus from town to town. Our fitness levels were too disparate for her to walk. She also refused to carry a backpack.
I can remember entering Santo Domingo and seeing her waiting for me in the middle of the street. She had already gotten bunks for us at this albergue.
Again, thanks for pic.
The chickens probably crowed at dawn but I was out cold.Glad to read that you had a happy stay with your mom; did the chickens crow at dawn?