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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
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The fabulously quirky Albergue Amanecer, just outside Población de Campos.

Stopping here for breakfast, it was a place I quickly wished I had stayed in overnight, given the cheerful hilarity of the staff, the wigwams, the dreamcatchers and all the musical instruments.

Not only that, but they were playing a Gregorian chant version of Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here” when we arrived.

Perfect!
 
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mspath

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Granon, February 20, 2007

The Granon albergue within a tower of the church of San Juan Bautista was always a special stop.
Once invited by the gracious priest I climbed a ladder onto the roof to see this wide view.
... Unforgettable!

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Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
Francés again - ASAP
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Arriving at Calzadilla de la Cueza after a torturous transit across the Meseta on a burning September day, the sense of relief was further boosted by meeting Matt from Northern Ireland at the cafe there.

He was toting a portable speaker blaring out cheerful ABBA tunes and a solar-powered muffin oven as his method of Meseta survival.

He was clearly not one who worried about the weight he was carrying!

For the rest of the day, ABBA's "Voulez-Vous" was playing on a loop in my head, which was a good thing. I didn't get to taste one of the muffins though!
 

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Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
After crossing this (terrifying) bridge
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I had to ascend these stairs.
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Why didn't Portomarín just put up a No trespassing sign?

For the rest of the day, ABBA's "Voulez-Vous" was playing on a loop in my head, which was a good thing.
That won't happen today. ;)
 
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Arriving at Calzadilla de la Cueza after a torturous transit across the Meseta on a burning September day, the sense of relief was further boosted by meeting Matt from Northern Ireland at the cafe there.

He was toting a portable speaker blaring out cheerful ABBA tunes and a solar-powered muffin oven as his method of Meseta survival.

He was clearly not one who worried about the weight he was carrying!

For the rest of the day, ABBA's "Voulez-Vous" was playing on a loop in my head, which was a good thing. I didn't get to taste one of the muffins though!
It looks like Matt has a utility belt that would make Batman jealous! He even has a roll of duct tape and bungee cords on there! lol!
 

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Sunrise west of Hontanas
November 11, 2012

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..."Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning."

Psalm 30:5

May the potential of each sunrise
provide daily hope. Carpe diem and, in the truest sense, Ultreia!
 
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Irun to Pasajes de San Juan, April, 2018.
Santuario La Virgen de Guadalupe, the patron saint of Hondarribia, is visible from practically the entire municipality. The hermitage is located on Mount Jaizkibel (545 m) and was erected in the 16th century. Destroyed and rebuilt several times after the sieges suffered by the city throughout history, the current construction dates from the 19th century.
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Santo Domingo de la Calzada,
contemporary coop
November 1, 2012

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This recent garden structure shelters a future 'church coop choir'; before dawn each morning their lively chorus announces another new day to all the Casa del Santo dorm!

Domingo after whom the town is named was an 11th century hermit who devoted his life to improving the local pilgrimage route, ie. the calzada. Buried within the cathedral, he later became a saint and the village took his name. In the 12th century the local confraternity, Cofradia del Santo was formed to help and host pilgrims as they still do today.

Due to a later legend of a young pilgrim's life being saved through the assistance of immortal chickens Saint Domingo himself is usually depicted accompanied by such birds.

There is an historic coop complete with chickens (changed every two weeks!) within the cathedral and over time chickens have become THE symbol of the town.
 
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port,
55 rue de la Citadelle, a special threshold

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October 13, 2015

"For me the Camino Frances could ONLY begin at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the picturesque Basque mountain town in the French Pyrenees.

At 55 rue de la Citadelle the famous red door of the municipal albergue with its welcoming shell was ajar. Crossing that special threshold symbolically always begins my new Camino adventure; it is a magical entrance to another way of life, the Camino way.

Mme Jeannine, the tireless hospitalera who has served pilgrims for so many years is in charge. She greeted me happily with a big hug, fond recollections and many kind wishes.
...Thus serendipity prevails."

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Albergue municipal in Azofra. CF 2011.
Nice village!
I stayed there one year as well and was soooo excited when I saw the rooms. And then the wheels fell off the cart. Turns out the old school dorm rooms were built for children who are 5' tall and 18" wide. As a 6'3" chap who most certainly has exceeded 18" of width, it turned out to be a terrible sleep because there was no way to position myself to be comfortable. I later saw a photo of someone with the same issue who dragged his mattress into the bathroom so at least he could stretch out...!!!
 
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west of Azofra, mixed moods

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February 19, 2007

"Today was a long cold slog, but without wet mud. The sky was vivid blue and the sun bright; deep snow covered mountains to the south on my left

At the historic Rollo west of Azofra
I pondered how many countless pilgrims had passed this ancient post throughout time. Conscious that I was treading where ‘their feet had trod’ it was doubly surprising when later in the morning after the camino climbed up to a recent golf course at Cirueña it later crossed a new but vacant upmarket housing estate. Tempora mutantur!"
 
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Frances 2014
Portugues 2019
Del Norte 2020
The famous Ponte De Lima on the Portugues. A stunning morning's walk awaits
 

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