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O Ceibrero horses, part 2 of 3

On the way up we saw a horse coming down, riderless and alone. I had enough time to get the camera out and get this picture.
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One picture wasn't enough. Another could be better. I pressed the shutter button and waited for the click and I got the picture that was most memorable.
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Man, that camera was s_l_o_w. And, less than a second after the camera's click, I was pushed off the trail.
A happier horse pic from O Cebreiro.

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End of July 2013. Looking back on the Primitivo - Hospitales Route. This was a glorious but tough, sun baked day that cemented forever the importance of carrying enough water - always!! Both my companion and I ran out of water with no source available for another 8 km or so, until we found an open tap on the side of an uninhabited house in Montefurado.

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I remember reading somewhere that you gain 8km of height on the Francés route from St-Jean to Santiago, only to give it all back along the way.

The Camino is a metaphor for life - lots of ups and downs.
So true, so true.

Everyday on del Norte was give and take. Up into the mountains, down out to the sea. Brutal but so beautiful 🤩 but so, so brutal. 😅
 
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I remember reading somewhere that you gain 8km of height on the Francés route from St-Jean to Santiago, only to give it all back along the way.

The Camino is a metaphor for life - lots of ups and downs.
I was reading an article about the SWCP a while ago and two guys had walked a week of it and reported the total ascent was the height of Everest (about 8.5km). They finished up about the same elevation as they began too
 
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Time again for one of my non nature pictures.
Glorious celebration lunch in Santiago de Compostela on arrival. Restaurante San Clemente. Invited by one of the nicest permanent residents of this city.
You know you had a great afternoon when you arrive in the restaurant at 2 pm and leave there at 5.30. Wonderful tableguests. The Orujo was not bad either... ;)


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Time again for one of my non nature pictures.
Glorious celebration lunch in Santiago de Compostela on arrival. Restauarante San Clemente. Invited by one of the nicest permanent residents of this city.
You know you had a great afternoon when you arrived in the restaurant at 2 pm and leave there at 5.30. Wonderful tableguests. The Orujo was not bad either... ;)


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Looks delicious. Yum. I was going to post a food pic. Perhaps tomorrow.
 
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La Virgen del Camino! Just after Leon.

Yes, I suppose that maaaaay have been too easy for this learned crowd :)

Here's a look from the outside should anyone new to the Camino is watching along.
:oops: I couldn't remember the retablo and I even have my own shot of the interior.
 
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Yes, I suppose that maaaaay have been too easy for this learned crowd :)

Here's a look from the outside should anyone new to the Camino is watching along.

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Sept 23, 2013 was my first and only rest day on my first Camino and I spent it in La Virgen del Camino. 😍
 
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The only other modern church we think we saw on the Camino is this one on the Camino del Norte in Bilbao. The Passionist Church of San Felicisima, which was just up the road from our Albergue. We were able to go to Mass there on a Saturday evening. May have posted this earlier on in this thread, sorry. May, 2018.
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It looks like the portada del cementerio between Navarette and Ventosa.
Spot on.

Amazingly/coincidentally, that was next on my list to post too, having spent the night at Casa del Peregrinos in Navarette and being awoken there by someone who had forgotten the rule about putting your phones on silent.


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So instead, here's the next image of the day, en route to Ventosa.
 
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Spot on.

Amazingly/coincidentally, that was next on my list to post too, having spent the night at Casa del Peregrinos in Navarette and being awoken there by someone who had forgotten the rule about putting your phones on silent.


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So instead, here's the next image of the day, en route to Ventosa.
Do post your photo of the portada del cementerio...
 
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To celebrate a cool Canadian winter morning, here is a frosty morning photo between León and San Martin del Camino. Glad I took this route one time as the Albergue in San Martin (first one on left as you enter) had a remarkable Hospitalera and great food) but the long, boring walk along the highway was not overly enjoyable. Next time it will be back to the countryside route that splits off just at the church in La Virgin del Camino.

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Camino Frances- August, 2014 Visited the church opposite the Albergue Maralotx in Cirauqui and a very enthusiastic parishioner showed us around. These silver pieces were made in the 15thC by natives of Lima, Peru for a church in Spain. The man was very proud of this collection.
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David, was this your first Camino? I've not seen another reference to an earlier one on this forum.
Yes, this was my first Camino. I recently found and scanned in the photos I took then. So I'm posting a few of them in this thread. I've seen several fellow forum members reference earlier Caminos they've done in various threads since I've joined, but I do think this tends towards the earlier end of the spectrum so I thought the photos might be of interest.
 

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Yes, this was my first Camino. I recently found and scanned in the photos I took then. So I'm posting a few of them in this thread. I've seen several fellow forum members reference earlier Caminos they've done in various threads since I've joined, but I do think this tends towards the earlier end of the spectrum so I thought the photos might be of interest.
I'd love to see more Camino pics from before the "digital age"!

As you might have seen, I've started a new thread to ask more about Caminos from the 20th century. Perhaps you might contribute there too!
 
Neli Diaz in her very pilgrim friendly shop / bar Casa Fredrico in the village of Cereijeira just past Grandas de Salime on the Primitivo. Her father opened the shop in 1953 and she took over when he retired. She said that there have been tough times over the years but the shop kept going and in recent times the pilgrim trade has been a boost in helping the shop to continue and thrive. I think about these places in the small villages and I wonder how Neli is doing.

A fun little mirrored sign on the wall near the door. It reads "When will the three of us meet again?" :)

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Yes, I suppose that maaaaay have been too easy for this learned crowd :)

Here's a look from the outside should anyone new to the Camino is watching along.

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I recall the nice bathrooms located outside opposite the church entrance down some steps, slightly underground...I think.🙄
 

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Daily life on the Camino. Washing of clothes. Albergue San Saturnino in Ventosa. Camino Francès 2011.
When that is done : off to the local bar for a relaxing drink.

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I've stayed here twice in 2015 and 2017. I loved it and the ambiance was more like a nice B&B inn.
 
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photo no 98
This morning I got curious and did a count of my pictures taken during our 12 week trip to Spain in 2015. 6,000 :eek: but the first 4,500 were lost when the SD card snapped. :mad: Fortunately, about 600 of the lost ones had been loaded onto a tablet to view on a big screen and cropped and a screenshot taken. :) I've been working with those screenshots for all my SJPdP to O Ceibrero submittals. I do backups differently now. 😆
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I've been seeing many photos of this view lately (I even have two that got saved). It is so nice seeing the differences in the pictures though, different crops in different years, different seasons and weather and with different sprinklings of pilgrims.
 
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This morning I got curious and did a count of my pictures taken during our 12 week trip to Spain in 2015. 6,000 :eek: but the first 4,500 were lost when the SD card snapped. :mad: Fortunately, about 600 of the lost ones had been loaded onto a tablet to view on a big screen and cropped and a screenshot taken. :) I've been working with those screenshots for all my SJPdP to O Ceibrero submittals. I do backups differently now. 😆

I've been seeing many photos of this view lately (I even have two that got saved). It is so nice seeing the differences in the pictures though, different crops in different years, different seasons and weather and with different sprinklings of pilgrims.
You poor devil, Rick! A real lesson, whatever it taught you...😆
 

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Dinner in the vaulted dining room at San Martin Pinario in Santiago. The food wasn't very interesting but I enjoyed the experience of eating there.

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I’ve stayed there many nights in one of the designated pilgrim rooms. I love this building, love it. The all you can eat breakfast buffet that comes with the rate of the room is unbelievably a good deal. Oh did I mention I love this place. 🥰🤣 Your soup looks delicious.
 
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This morning I got curious and did a count of my pictures taken during our 12 week trip to Spain in 2015. 6,000 :eek: but the first 4,500 were lost when the SD card snapped. :mad: Fortunately, about 600 of the lost ones had been loaded onto a tablet to view on a big screen and cropped and a screenshot taken. :) I've been working with those screenshots for all my SJPdP to O Ceibrero submittals. I do backups differently now. 😆

I've been seeing many photos of this view lately (I even have two that got saved). It is so nice seeing the differences in the pictures though, different crops in different years, different seasons and weather and with different sprinklings of pilgrims.
I feel your pain. I went looking for my 2013 photos somewhere on a thumb drive or two and I couldn’t find them. I took them with a canon camera that had a SD card as well. 😬 I have a few that somehow made it to my cell phone album and some that come around each year as memories on my FB other than that I don’t know where else to look. 😥🤷🏻‍♀️
 
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Poyo de Roldán, the monument to the local "David" who slew Ferragut, a fearsome giant from the occupying forces, with a well-aimed rock.

It was fascinating to learn about these local legends along the Way.
 
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Number 99, oh my goodness! A few days ago I posted the albergue we stayed in, so this is a little out of sync. I do wish I had been able to live twice at the same time. The physical effort was so difficult a lot of the time and prevented me from fully savouring the reality. I will never do it again, so best just to look at the photos again, and be amazed at the absolutely fabulous achievement for this old couch potato!
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I feel your pain. I went looking for my 2013 photos somewhere on a thumb drive or two and I couldn’t find them. I took them with a canon camera that had a SD card as well. 😬 I have a few that somehow made it to my cell phone album and some that come around each year as memories on my FB other than that I don’t know where else to look. 😥🤷🏻‍♀️
UPDATE: I found them on an old laptop I had put away because it was slowing down. I quickly transferred them to a thumb drive then to iCloud. Oh happy day! Happy dance! 💃🏻 😁
 
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About my lost pictures. When my SD card didn't work and I saw it had snapped I invoked a few magic chants that didn't work either (they were too short). Within 30 seconds I calmed down when I realized that I had taken thousands of slides over 50 years that I hadn't viewed in decades.

I'm glad that I still have this one though.
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September 26, 2013. After a windy, stormy night in the alburgue at Foncebadon we left in the dark to reach Cruz de Ferro. This, the last picture I took (for the next 24/48 hours) before the batteries died in my camera. 😊

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This is my plan for the next time around, overnight in Foncebadon, sunrise at the Cruz de Ferro. Tried last time but weather came in so no sunrise visible... :(
 
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This is my plan for the next time around, overnight in Foncebadon, sunrise at the Cruz de Ferro. Tried last time but weather came in so no sunrise visible... :(
I had to wait for the light but glad I did. Definitely a magical/spiritual moment for me. You can’t plan something like this. 😉 I hope the moment finds you too.
 
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This is my plan for the next time around, overnight in Foncebadon, sunrise at the Cruz de Ferro. Tried last time but weather came in so no sunrise visible... :(
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Here's what you have to look forward to, when the next opportunity arises.
 
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The graffiti Camino poem that lines a wall on the approach to Nájera.

Being a typical Englishman, I was unable to understand more than a few words, although I was later told that it's called "Pilgrim, who calls you?"

Does anyone have a full translation of the poem?

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So sorry for the long post. ☺️ September 2, 2013: Delayed in Bayonne as they brought a second train car due to all the pilgrims. Borrowed a cell phone to call and cancel my reservation at L’Esprit du Chemin, they have a strict arrival time. I was nervous giving up my bed but was happy for the experience of letting the Camino provide. Arrived SJPdP as we stood in line at 20:30 hours all electrified bouncing off of each other with excitement. Little did I know my Camino family was being created in that magical moment.

The volunteers at the pilgrims office were so fun and helpful as they searched for beds for most of us. I was given the attic above Le Chemin vers I’Etoile alburgue with an Irishman named Neil, two small bed type things, mattresses thrown about, a hole in the roof a few in the floor, watch your step. It was perfect 😆 This is a photo of the attic and the very first photo I took of my Camino.
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Two today (I know that's breaking the rules, but they are related and part of one whole experience). Also from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, March 1989. These are of a "Camino" path that was set in red in the white pavement. The various towns along the Camino were marked with images of pilgrims, but they really outdid themselves when they got to their own town along the Camino path. I don't remember if this is still there from my 2016 Camino. I certainly didn't take photos of it then.
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Crossing the Najerilla at noon and considering an overnight stop in pretty Nájera, but feeling strong enough to push onwards.

I read later that this place was the ancient capital of Navarre, and wondered if I should have lingered there for longer.
 
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@kirkie might have had the camino closed on her but we did better. In Sarria (??) they were also closing the camino down for work but they were putting up detour signs.
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Actually, my photo showed the second of these signs - the first one offered parking. Both were far from any vehicle, that was the irony!
 
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