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CF 2019 - This photo of the bottle of wine was taken at a fine restaurant in Estella where we availed ourselves with some of the better Spanish cuisine, however the wine itself is from Villatuerta. What I remember from that evening is that the kitchens of all the restaurants around the plaza did not open until 8:00 pm, which kind of surprised us and made for a later night than we had anticipated. However, the restaurant staff was very accommodating and made for a memorable evening!

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Had someone shown me the following photo, I would have placed it in Mexico or some other more tropical place and definitely not in northern Spain. But I actually took it on the way down from Monte do Gozo into Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the last houses you pass before crossing the highway and railway tracks.

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In pouring rain and cold I came up behind this older French couple walking arm in arm with their parapluie’s put to good use…..a charming and heart warming scene !

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Puente La Reina-Gares
Calle del Crucifijo
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photo taken October 23, 2013

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Calle del Crucifijo is named for the Iglesia del Crucifijo; the church is in turn named for a famous crucifix displayed inside. In this view the curve of the church apse is visible on the right/north side of the calle.

A covered passage links the church
to the Convento del Crucifijo on the left/south side of the calle; a private school, the Colegio de los Padres Reparadores, occupies the space.
 
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On the Aragonés, 1st August 2019. The stretch from Árres to Ruesta takes you through a strange, almost lunar landscape of dried watercourses, piles of rocks and disturbing long-distance views of unattainable villages. It finishes at Ruesta, where there is an albergue/youth hostel run (if that is not too strong a word) by the UGT. The once flourishing village was evacuated to allow for the creation of a vast reservoir which never came within a kilometre of it. Needless to say, the inhabitants got nothing in compensation.

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Calzadilla de la Cueza
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photo taken February 21, 2009

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On the Camino Frances viewed across a cold winter landscape in Calzadilla de la Cueza this surreal moonrise resembled painted theatrical scenery.

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March 2018. Just after 'the sign' in Roncesvalles. It snowed all the way to Pamplona. In the distance are our two sons, they were 9 and 11. Coming from Australia it was the first time they saw snow. I love the way their footprints zig and zag together
 
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I hope this isn't too big. When I walked from Le Puy in 2015 I stayed in a Gite that was across from a beautiful church. About 6 of us from the Gite walked over to the church after yet another amazing dinner at a French Gite. A woman started to sing. She was wonderful. Then this man followed. By the end 4 pilgrims lent their beautiful voices. It was very special.
 

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Still on the day from Pontevedra. I think it was a mid morning break. Cafe con leche and something sweet. A small group came by on horses... all eyes on them. Then onwards and upwards...
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What a difference a day makes! When we stopped here in May, 2016 probably at the same time as you, mid morning, it was pouring rain, no one was sitting outside, everyone was inside, it was packed with bodies, very wet ponchos, jackets and backpacks! But it was a very welcome stop.
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Early morning flying tractors, near O Castro on the Inglese. 2018.

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One of the things I love about the camino is the extraordinary bits of folk art you stumble across. This place was like an amateur theme park. This is another 'exhibit' from the same place. My one of the tractor isn't as good as yours.

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near Cardenuela Riopico
photo taken October 19, 2004

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The first time I "saw" my way

In chill autumnal rain during my first CF I slowly walked across Olmos de Atapuerca. Looking towards Villaval, Cardenuela Riopico and Burgos on the distant horizon, the rolling greenery was broken only by the giant curve of the trail. All was reduced to basics.

Alone on that seemingly endless path beneath the vast dome of an immense sky I sensed that this was, indeed, my way and all was and would be good.

...All these years later I still recall that moment.
 
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Detail of the Aljaferia in Zargoza.Camino del Ebro.
I do not particular like the almost too well preserved interior. A bit like visiting a " Disney " castle.

 

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Part of the portico of Santa Maria de Real in Sangüesa, a jewel of a Romanesque/Gothic pilgrimage church. When the Gothic revival kicked off in the 18th century, anything from between the collapse of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance was valued for its so-called primitive charm, its naturalness, in other words it was regarded as quaint. But these are not primitive or quaint. Looked at with modern eyes, they are very sophisticated works of art. They are expressive, poignant and delicately and precisely carved. They are like something by Modigliani, and there they are, out in public view overlooking a busy street for everyone to appreciate, as we did, 2nd August 2019.
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Pamplona, March 2019 - A Semana Santa 'paso' (float) in the cathedral in Pamplona. Although I had never seen one before, the large padded wooden supports hinted that this paso would be carried through the streets on the shoulders of parishioners for special feast days. What I did not know, was the extent to which the Semana Santa processions are observed and celebrated in Spain. I was to find out about that in an eye-opening experience when we reached León on Palm Sunday, the kick-off for Semana Santa! From León, and for the following week, we were witness to processions and observances in several towns and cities along the CF.

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Followup to the photo posted yesterday:
The rainbow remained in sight for most of the walk into Portomarín.
CF, Oct 2016
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This bridge gave many of us the jitters. However that nearby rainbow surely helped ease any nervousness you might have felt while crossing.Thanks for posting this shot.
 

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That tree, near Triacastela, has seen so many pilgrims pass by. If it could talk, it would probably have a million stories to tell. It was a great pleasure to stop for a moment and imagine those stories.

July 2017
 
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One of the things that I like about the Camino Inglese from A Coruna, is that the bars/cafes, are very much local bars with the very occasional pilgrim. This often means that the locals are more interested and have more time for visitors. In three visits in June and September, I have only met one pilgrim and that was approaching the junction with the Ferrol route. The picture is of the Bar Casa Adolpho, near Sergude. It is run by a mother and son, who are very sweet.
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Beautiful blue tiles in Porto train station.

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I have a story to tell about this. We arranged for a friend in Porto to meet us at Porto railway station. We lived there for 3 years and knew it well. We get off the train and he's not there. What? Thank goodness for mobile phones. Turns out this is actually São Bento station. It is right in the centre of the city but 'Porto Station' is an ugly modern thing some way out. São Bento is spectacular though. Thanks for the photo.
 

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nearing Castrojeriz
photo taken October 23, 2004

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During my first CF I took this view. On the distant horizon at the entrance to Castrojeriz the camino turns west continuing for 1200 m. as the longitudinal urban spine.

Castrojeriz evolved from an antique castrum to an important pilgrim stop/major municipality of interconnected levels along the slope of a broad hill during 1000 years of history
 
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Leyre Monastery, a side trip from Sangüesa. You can walk if you have the time, but we cheated and took a taxi. They were preparing for an organ recital so we were treated to a preview. The older monk is instructing the younger one. 3 August 2019.
 

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Leyre Monastery, a side trip from Sangüesa. You can walk if you have the time, but we cheated and took a taxi. They were preparing for an organ recital so we were treated to a preview. The older monk is instructing the younger one. 3 August 2019.
A study in concentration. Thanks!
edit: cheated? Maybe just being practical!
 
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No prizes for those who have walked the Frances to Santiago in Galicia, whatever about other caminos.
I am only a blow in to Ireland, even after 50 years. The similarities to the West of Ireland are so amazing! of course the structures for the storage of grains etc are unique to Galicia, or maybe not if any Hawkeye knows better!
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Who didn’t enjoy such lovely treats along the way? Nearing Sarria August 10, 2019.

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One of the best reasons for an autumn camino. The Invierno was especially rich in (usually abandoned) fruit trees. We developed an uncanny ability to sniff out figs, but there were plums, walnuts, apples, everything. Along the Chemin d'Arles the French have had the fantastic idea of planting rare old varieties of fruit along the path, specifically to preserve them but also to be eaten.
 

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No prizes for those who have walked the Frances to Santiago in Galicia, whatever about other caminos.
I am only a blow in to Ireland, even after 50 years. The similarities to the West of Ireland are so amazing! of course the structures for the storage of grains etc are unique to Galicia, or maybe not if any Hawkeye knows better!
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The hórreo is pretty well unique to Galicia, but there is a version of it, square rather than rectangular, in Asturias, and there are a few over the border in Northern Portugal. The first written mention comes from the 16th century so they've been around a while. I believe they are protected, i.e. heritage listed, and if they aren't, they should be. Below is an Asturian hórreo.

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Foz de Lumbier (Lumbier Gorge). If you are walking the Aragonés, it is really worth adding just a day or half day to your camino and walking through this gorge from Sangüesa. It is short, but spectacular and populated with vultures, eagles and various other wild birds. You can stay in Lumbier, the small town, or carry on to Monreal if you are feeling extremely energetic. It is also the route of Spain's first electric railway, now a 'camino verde' but with traces of the old line here and there. 4 August 2019.

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Market day Astorga.CF 2017.
I always love to see how daily life goes on when walking a Camino. Makes me even more grateful being able to take off time from work myself. I never forget what " a luxury " it is to be on a Camino ( for months) and then still have a job when you come back.
 
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The hórreo is pretty well unique to Galicia, but there is a version of it, square rather than rectangular, in Asturias, and there are a few over the border in Northern Portugal. The first written mention comes from the 16th century so they've been around a while. I believe they are protected, i.e. heritage listed, and if they aren't, they should be. Below is an Asturian hórreo.

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dick bird,
For further info fellow walker D. Madill in his 2014 blog Gallician Granaries provides splendid research re the history/location/ protection of these distinct structures.
 
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Unless you are a real fan of industrial estates, I reccommend the route on the left . Camino Portugues, May 2019, North of Tui.

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I hope that by now the local bars and the confraternity came to an arrangement making both parties happy about signalling and rerouting.
 
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Unless you are a real fan of industrial estates, I reccommend the route on the left . Camino Portugues, May 2019, North of Tui.

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Snap! This one/these two on the Norte, left is the slightly longer, but more attractive, route via Miéres. Note to self, whenever there is a variant, take it.
 
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O Cebreiro
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photo taken November 8, 2004

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The first time I arrived at O Cebreiro on the CF
the weather was cold, but glorious with blue sky and bright sun.

Thrilled, I shot this view towards Ponferrada to show the distant landscape which day after day had been so tenaciously crossed.

...It remains a memento of an intense effort
 
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The camino goes from one city to another, as it always has done and as do modern motorways. It's a strange feeling to look down on this vast, busy piece of (really quite impressive) piece of engineering and think of all the people on it going about their daily lives totally oblivious to our slow, careful progress across the landscape. Life goes on.

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Every door has a story. On the CP

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The hand of Fatima (not Our Lady of Fátima, a 20th century saint, but Fatima, the daughter of Mohamed), or in the Jewish tradition the hand of Mirjam, the sister of Moses. A symbol of blessing, protection, and turning away from evil. A remnant of Islamic and Jewish influence.

My mother collected these doorknockers. They are found all over the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. I think they are very beautiful. I have one from Argentina.

I love doors. Here is a beautiful one from the Camino Portuguese, Branca, on 25 October 2018

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A group of storks, between Sarria and Portomarine. Is there a name for that kind of group? A flock? Anyway, it was something I had never seen before and it was impressive to see so many at the same time.

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A group of storks, between Sarria and Portomarine. Is there a name for that kind of group? A flock? Anyway, it was something I had never seen before and it was impressive to see so many at the same time.

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Looks like that paddock was full of something good to eat.
 
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Is there a name for that kind of group? A flock?
Flock works.
But I vote for 'clatter' as a much more apt collective noun for these guys.

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Boo. I looked it up, and it's a "mustering."
(Sorry, but no. Who makes these decisions anyway? I want to register a complaint.)
 
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