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September 20, 2013: Down the Old Roman Road (ouch) an alternate past Sahagun to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. This tiny tienda had everything you’d ever need and the owner was a popular man amongst the locals. A definite hit with the pilgrims
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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.
Yes, the Monasterio Santa Maria de la Real is certainly worth a look. There is always next time. ;)
 
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Hello everyone, I am new to this thread. I did the Camino Frances in 2018 with my wife Clare. Here is our day 5 of walking, we stayed in Maruzabal and walked to Eunate on the way to Puente La Reina. We were lucky enough to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Eunate! We had read that if you were to walk around the church twice in bare feet, eternal peace is given. So of course we did 🤗 3784874A-5E95-49F2-B177-6661012B9FA0.jpeg 7669B4E9-88E6-42C8-ACD9-D432123F93CE.jpeg
 
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Hello everyone, I am new to this thread. I did the Camino Frances in 2018 with my wife Clare. Here is our day 5 of walking, we stayed in Maruzabal and walked to Eunate on the way to Puente La Reina. We were lucky enough to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Eunate! We had read that if you were to walk around the church twice in bare feet, eternal peace is given. So of course we did 🤗
Next time I walk the Francés, I’ll make this diversion too.
 
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Hello everyone, I am new to this thread. I did the Camino Frances in 2018 with my wife Clare. Here is our day 5 of walking, we stayed in Maruzabal and walked to Eunate on the way to Puente La Reina. We were lucky enough to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Eunate! We had read that if you were to walk around the church twice in bare feet, eternal peace is given. So of course we did 🤗 View attachment 91871 View attachment 91872
Mim & Clare, welcome to this thread. Thank you for your post.
 
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Camino Frances- September, 2014 Between Villafranca Montes de Oca and San Juan de Ortega. The monument to the fallen from the Spanish Civil War. Found this quite an eerie place, although we did stop for a rest at the picnic tables. It was a long and hot day for us, especially as we decided not to stop in San Juan de Ortega, we kept going to Ages.
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Photo 118. The pilgrim on the right, one half of a lovely couple from France who celebrated 1000km soon after we met them. We coincided all the way, and towards the end we passed them out but were delighted to rediscover them the following day on the steps outside the Cathedral. They inspired me to offer to serve as a hospitalera, as they did that for a few years. C carried heavy sketch books and posted them home, doing exquisite pencil drawings particularly of Roman bridges, but anything of value to her.

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The monument to the fallen from the Spanish Civil War.
It is a somber and deeply moving place. I used Google Eye to translate the plaque:
MONTE DE LA PEDRAJA 1936

IN THIS PLACE, SOME THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE SHOT BY THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THE COUP OF GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO AGAINST THE LEGITIMELY ESTABLISHED REPUBLIC. AND WHAT GAVE PLACE TO THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THE YEARS 1936 AND 1939

THEY WERE MURDERED IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF THE CIVIL WAR FOR THEIR POLITICAL IDEALS AND FOR DEFENDING FREEDOM

THIS HUMBLE MONUMENT, MADE BY ITS FAMILY MEMBERS, WILL SERVE THAT WE NEVER FORGET THEIR MEMORY

REST IN PEACE
 
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Light of a New Day Dawning. October 1, 2013 between Sarria and Portomarin. It was so sad to see a lot of these older way markers are gone, including this one. I looked and looked for it in ‘19 but didn’t see it. 😥 oh and all I had to do was use the flash to get that great color. ☺️

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I loved seeing all the fresh bread hanging on the doors "here and there" as I walked by. It was often all I could do to keep my hands to myself.😉
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A bread theme... love it!

I observed a great sunrise in Calzadilla and couldn’t resist including this cultural icon of rural Spain in the photo:)
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I loved seeing all the fresh bread hanging on the doors "here and there" as I walked by. It was often all I could do to keep my hands to myself.😉
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I hear that fellow pilgrim. 😜 I spy these tasty loaves on July 17, 2019 between Castro Urdiales and Islares, del Norte. 🥖 Oh the temptation.
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That very first day....I will forever stand by my statement to Clare on the climb to Orisson “I feel like my lungs have jumped out of my body and are slapping me in the face” 🤣😊 what a view though, of the Albergue and the scenery🤭😏


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It's the hardest day, and to have it be the first day is a true test.

In retrospect, I'm somewhat agog that I made it to Roncesvalles in one piece.

Perhaps not being able to see the tips of the Pyrenees on a very cloudy day made all the difference for me!
 
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I’m so grateful for this thread and for being able to share with my fellow pilgrims 😉 those who really understand. 😝🥰

Meet “PereGreena” 😂 First day out of the gate, late. Sept 3, ‘13
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Peregrina October 6, ‘13
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What a difference 34 days makes. ☺️
 
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About the youth group at O Ceibrero
Looks like they were dropped off by bus or very tired from walking up that big hill.😅
I believe they were dropped off. I don't remember seeing any groups near this size before then.

To show you a bad picture of a wonderful memory of a youth group I rummaged though pictures on another computer. I collected extra pictures from there as well. That's where my grade B and lower pictures are stored. You'll see these soon (but I still have some grade A ones).

This group of jovenes was singing. First the row of boys stretched across the road sang a verse, loudly. Then the girls in the row behind replied, just as loudly. I couldn't pick out the words but it sounded and felt like the song was a flirtatious, teasing one.

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Somewhere along the Norte. I often became intrigued by the uniqueness of a crumbling property on the Camino.
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My wife shares this fascination with you. So much so that she became my artistic director. Needless to say there are more than a few photos of old buildings with crumbling staircases ;)
 
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This large group of pilgrims walked past us as we were sitting at a cafe just past Miño on the Camino Ingles. We said good morning, some nodded and smiled but they walked past in silence. We caught up to them a couple of hours later as they were resting in a churchyard. We stopped as well and had a nice chat with some of the group. The young man carrying the banner explained that when they passed us earlier, they were walking in silence, which they did for a period of time each day of their walk. This was in 2014, the 800 year anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi's pilgrimage to Santiago.

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I know I took this picture in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, but I'm not sure if this is part of the Cathedral or not. Any thoughts?
Hi John, I think it is. We only have one photo of the outside of the Cathedral which doesn't show the tower and many photos of the inside! But have found this guide online to the Santo Domingo de la Calzada Cathedral. Hope you can read it. The tower certainly looks like the one in your photo.
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Talking of Silence, I certainly learned a lot about that on a memorable night at the St Juan Baptista church in Grañón.

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I'd arrived on a hot Saturday afternoon, had a few G&Ts with new Camino friends and thrown a couple of fireworks around with the locals.

But that was just the start of one of the most meaningful albergue experiences of my Camino.

https://johnelsewhere.blog/2018/09/03/the-biography-of-silence/
 

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Logroño in 2011. Took a private room that night to go on a mini pintxos crawl.
Little secret : I like to walk a Camino to be able to savour wonderful food without having too much guilt about the calories , only half kidding...:) .

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We were so looking forward to staying in Logrono last year to do exactly that Sabine. ;)
Having walked through in 2014. Hopefully in the future!:)
 
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You know how it is. They like to put the church at the high point in the village and to make sure that the Camino goes past the church, so you can get every inch of possible climb. :)
I often wondered if it was to ensure the Church sat at the apex or if it was a function of defending the village/town/city from invaders? In the end I suppose it was an equal blend of both.
 

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I often wondered if it was to ensure the Church sat at the apex or if it was a function of defending the village/town/city from invaders? In the end I suppose it was an equal blend of both.
When I visited Milan, we were told that no building was allowed to exceed the height of the Duomo, as it should always remain the tallest structure in the city.

That rule has long since faded into obscurity, but perhaps it is the principle that dictates why churches are so often set on hills.
 
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When I visited Milan, we were told that no building was allowed to exceed the height of the Duomo, as it should always remain the tallest structure in the city.

That rule has long since faded into obscurity, but perhaps it is the principle that dictates why churches are so often set on hills.
My understanding is that the Church was meant to be closest to God, thus built on the highest point of land.
 
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Are there any pilgrims who haven’t taken a photo at this spot?
Me. It wasn't the sort of day that lent itself to taking photos
But I did take a photo of this, not that far away. It was a definite indication of progress.
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Today I'm taking a storytime exception to the one picture a day "rule".

One night, after dinner, I wandered the neighborhood taking a few pictures.
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Shortly after taking that picture a couple came down a lane. I asked if the cows were theirs; they were. Then they opened the paddock gate and I asked if I could go with them. They consented (otherwise there would be no story).

They didn't herd them all in but just gathered the cows that had recently birthed calves.
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And headed to the barn
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where the calves were waiting.
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The mothers were placed in a stall and had their heads locked so they wouldn't trample the calves and then the calves were brought in.
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There were some pigs in the barn and I regret not taking their picture as my farm animal pics are missing pigs and cats.

My pictures are fuzzy here because of the low light of the evening and the barn demanded a slow shutter speed which allowed time for my camera to move but many of my grade B Galicia pictures have the same effect, not because of low light but because the point and shoot camera decided automatically to choose a small aperture and a long exposure time to get the shot.
 
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This is giving me the opportunity to go through the THOUSANDS of photos I've taken over the years and sort them out - so thanks. I'm going to begin in 2006 on my first Camino. I was SO sick and after walking 6 weeks on the Camino, I came home feeling well again. It was the beginning . . . Here are Joe and I on our very first dark morning of walking. We had no idea what was ahead of us. My god, we look so young! ::😆:: IMG_0462 2.JPG
 
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This is giving me the opportunity to go through the THOUSANDS of photos I've taken over the years and sort them out - so thanks. I'm going to begin in 2006 on my first Camino. I was SO sick and after walking 6 weeks on the Camino, I came home feeling well again. It was the beginning . . . Here are Joe and I on our very first dark morning of walking. We had no idea what was ahead of us. My god, we look so young! ::😆:: View attachment 92269
Is that the door to Beilari? That was the starting point for my first Camini too?
 

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Then there’s the one down below. Hontanas - CF April ‘16

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Hontanas was easily one of my favourite surprises on my first Camino. Can remember looking at my GPS thinking this can’t be right... says I’m less than 500m from town but I can’t see any town...? Lo and behold, 5 minutes later... ⛪️
 
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