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Rabanal del Camino
Iglesia de la Asunción

photo taken November 17, 2011

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Within the Iglesia de la Asunción a niche holds this small stone which displays the Order of Santiago insignia, a red cross resembling a sword, with the shape of a fleur-de-lis on the hilt and the arms.
 
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I've got a cutie to add for the bridge photo theme. I've submitted it before and I was able find it with the forum search engine so, to save server storage, I give the photo's link.
At the time we thought this took the camino cute bridge cake. Not as old as Rick's though - nor will it last a fraction as long. Vasco 2019.
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The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage

Give me my scallop shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of salvation,
My gown of glory, hope’s true gage,
And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage.

Blood must be my body’s balmer,
No other balm will there be given,
Whilst my soul, like a white palmer,
Travels to the land of heaven;
Over the silver mountains,
Where spring the nectar fountains;
And there I’ll kiss
The bowl of bliss,
And drink my eternal fill
On every milken hill.
My soul will be a-dry before,
But after it will ne’er thirst more;
And by the happy blissful way
More peaceful pilgrims I shall see,
That have shook off their gowns of clay,
And go apparelled fresh like me.
I’ll bring them first
To slake their thirst,
And then to taste those nectar suckets,
At the clear wells
Where sweetness dwells,
Drawn up by saints in crystal buckets.

And when our bottles and all we
Are fill’d with immortality,
Then the holy paths we’ll travel,
Strew’d with rubies thick as gravel,
Ceilings of diamonds, sapphire floors,
High walls of coral, and pearl bowers.

From thence to heaven’s bribeless hall
Where no corrupted voices brawl,
No conscience molten into gold,
Nor forg’d accusers bought and sold,
No cause deferr’d, nor vain-spent journey,
For there Christ is the king’s attorney,
Who pleads for all without degrees,
And he hath angels, but no fees.
When the grand twelve million jury
Of our sins and sinful fury,
‘Gainst our souls black verdicts give,
Christ pleads his death, and then we live.
Be thou my speaker, taintless pleader,
Unblotted lawyer, true proceeder,
Thou movest salvation even for alms,
Not with a bribed lawyer’s palms.
And this is my eternal plea
To him that made heaven, earth, and sea,
Seeing my flesh must die so soon,
And want a head to dine next noon,
Just at the stroke when my veins start and spread,
Set on my soul an everlasting head.
Then am I ready, like a palmer fit,
To tread those blest paths which before I writ.

Sir Walter Raleigh

The first verse of this poem suggests that the icons of the pilgrimage to Santiago were well-known even in 17th century, Protestant England.

Gallant, courtly and multi-talented, Sir Walter Raleigh was the archetypal Elizabethan swashbuckler. He was also highly ambitious and shamelessly schmoozed the Queen, who was furious to discover he had married without letting her know. He inveigled himself back into her favour but her successor, James the First of England, the Sixth of Scotland, did not trust him and clapped him in gaol. His persuasive powers were clearly formidable, however, as he convinced the King to allow him to lead an expedition to the Americas to discover El Dorado, the fabled city of gold, which Sir Walter probably knew perfectly well did not exist. With explicit instructions not to do anything to annoy the Spanish, he did exactly that by attacking and trying to plunder one of their settlements. On his return to England, he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death by beheading. This poem is assumed to have been written by him as he awaited execution. It displays outstanding courage and equanimity in the face of death.

The statue is in the church of Santiago in A Coruña
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Villarente
two bridges

photo taken November 19, 2013

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What a relief it was for me and my shadow to stroll along this wooden way without fearing being hit by traffic!

At Villarente on the CF east of Leon this new pedestrian bridge replaced the need to walk on that distant medieval bridge which was too narrow for two lanes of N 601 traffic plus pedestrians.
 
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The Xunta albergue in Hospital de Bruma. Camino Ingles.
Notice that there are pots, pans and crockery. A rare sight in a Xunta albergue.


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Although reading this information the pots and pans might have been something temporary!
 

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THE JOURNEY

The morning sea of silence broke into ripples of bird songs;
and the flowers were all merry by the roadside;
and the wealth of gold was scattered through the rift of the clouds
while we busily went on our way and paid no heed.

We sang no glad songs nor played;
we went not to the village for barter;
we spoke not a word nor smiled;
we lingered not on the way.
We quickened our pace more and more as the time sped by.

The sun rose to the mid sky and doves cooed in the shade.
Withered leaves danced and whirled in the hot air of noon.
The shepherd boy drowsed and dreamed in the shadow of the banyan tree,
and I laid myself down by the water
and stretched my tired limbs on the grass.

My companions laughed at me in scorn;
they held their heads high and hurried on;
they never looked back nor rested;
they vanished in the distant blue haze.

They crossed many meadows and hills,
and passed through strange, far-away countries.
All honor to you, heroic host of the interminable path!
Mockery and reproach pricked me to rise,
but found no response in me.

I gave myself up for lost
in the depth of a glad humiliation
—-in the shadow of a dim delight.

The repose of the sun-embroidered green gloom
slowly spread over my heart.
I forgot for what I had traveled,
and I surrendered my mind without struggle
to the maze of shadows and songs.

At last, when I woke from my slumber and opened my eyes,
I saw thee standing by me, flooding my sleep with thy smile.
How I had feared that the path was long and wearisome,
and the struggle to reach thee was hard!

Rabindranath Tagore

Original Bengali not found, and this translation may be by Tagore himself. A polymath and self-taught, Tagore was a near contemporary of Gandhi and like him, he opposed the Raj but was also opposed to chauvinistic nationalism. The message could be simplified as saying that it is not necessary to endure great hardship to attain enlightenment, and an attitude of struggle may even be an impediment, but you do need to be aware of the world around you and your place in it. Some pilgrims seem to approach the camino as if it were an endurance test, and Tagore is possibly saying that there is no merit in hardship for hardship’s sake. Being happy is not a sin.

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I have just posted this on another thread, so I thought I would pop it here as it is convenient. Cafe Avelinas, Camino Inglese, Sept. 2018. I am sure people know of this cafe, as it rightly famous for the warmth of its welcome.

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I am looking forward to visiting this legendary place in April!
 
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Was the bridge into Spain closed that day?
It was open.

As I was walking to Caminha from Vila Praia de Âncora on the stage to Tui, I saw an advertisement for the option of taking a kayak from Caminha to Tui up the River Minho (with lunch provided). Since I was (and had been for several days) walking on torn meniscus, it was just what I needed rather than walking farther that day.

We docked on the Portuguese side, had a toast with wine and then we walked across the bridge to Spain.
 

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The locals turned Napoleon back at that bridge, didn't they?
I don't know. After sending one kid off to war/ground combat twice and the other kid off to foreign lands with the possibility of combat, I'm not interested in learning anything more about war.

EDIT: I know my response sounds terse; not directed at you, John. War sucks.
 
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We've all got this one, haven't we?
I took the same picture but I don't have it; it was one that didn't survive the SD card accident. I do have a lousy shot of that bridge though from the little bridge on the other side. That bridge is where my affection lies anyway; we were camped near it at the municipal campground and we used it more than the other two. I get a kick out of seeing it in The Way. Good thinking on Estevez's part. He was able to keep those pesky pilgrims out of his way while filming.
 

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I took the same picture but I don't have it; it was one that didn't survive the SD card accident. I do have a lousy shot of that bridge though from the little bridge on the other side. That bridge is where my affection lies anyway; we were camped near it at the municipal campground and we used it more than the other two. I get a kick out of seeing it in The Way. Good thinking on Estevez's part. He was able to keep those pesky pilgrims out of his way while filming.
Would you like me to send you the original? Perhaps we can all fill in the blanks of your extinct SD card!
 
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Would you like me to send you the original? Perhaps we can all fill in the blanks of your extinct SD card!
Thanks for the thought but I'm pretty good at internet searching and I view others' posted pictures regularly and know how to download them. That's one reason why it only took a minute for me to recover once I noticed the disaster. That and the fact that I haven't seen any of my thousands of slides in decades.

I do enjoy looking at all the photos sent to this thread.
 
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leaving Sarria
tree

photo taken March 15, 2009

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My favorite tree was viewed within an enchanted wood in early morning;
after crossing the medieval Ponte Aspera over the rio Pequeno and traversing a railway track
I entered this magical space.
 
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Marking stone at the Xunta albergue in Hospital de Bruma.

Notice the symbol of Anõ Xacobeo.

Pelegrin, la eterna mascota.
 
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As I waited under cover from the rain in a portico across the plaza to get a photo of my arrival, I noticed the pilgrim in the orange poncho arrive. The pilgrim stood still in the rain looking up at the cathedral for quite some time; I wondered about their story, just one of 340,000+ stories of those who arrived in SdC in 2019.

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Oporto, Summer 2013.
The day I lost my hat. The wind on the far side of the amazing bridge stole it from me.

Hmmm... perhaps this hat seller knew the far side of the bridge was the perfect spot to set up his business! 😁

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Can you see the boys standing on the bridge rails? They were asking 5 euro to jump! I watched them jump, swim to the bank, climb up, and back to the bridge to repeat several times! July 29, 2015, Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto.

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For today's photo I randomly got a day from my Catalan camino and my eye was caught by the colors here. I took the photo to show off some mundane Spanish life that was different from what we experience at home.
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Rick,
Those colors are great; however I especially like the logo and raison d'etre of that red Caritas box.
 
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Pelegrin, la eterna mascota.
The diabolical Mickey Mouse. 🙃
I have always hoped they did not spend too much money on that logo.

On the theme of wondering how many pilgrims have stopped here...
There is a lovely little Ermita on the way out of Rabé; when I stay there I like to go in the afternoon and just sit and watch the world go by. A very sweet place.
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The diabolical Mickey Mouse. 🙃
I have always hoped they did not spend too much money on that logo.

On the theme of wondering how many pilgrims have stopped here...
There is a lovely little Ermita on the way out of Rabé; when I stay there I like to go in the afternoon and just sit and watch the world go by. A very sweet place.
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A perfect description about the mascota! My thoughts exactly. But I'm pretty sure the Xunta spent way too much money on that...

The Ermita, like the whole of Rabé de las Calzadas, has a special place in my heart.
 
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Murder in the cathedral, the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, killed by four knights. Becket was declared a saint two years later.
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A detail from an altarpiece(?) displayed in Astorga's cathedral museum.

King Henry II was blamed for ordering the assassination. Henry's daughter Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile, was instrumental in bringing the veneration of Saint Thomas to Spain, perhaps as a way of clearing her father's name.

The full piece:
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fin del mundo (El Viento)

Por eso tengo que volver
a tantos sitios venideros
para encontrarme conmigo
y examinarme sin cesar,
sin más testigo que la luna
y luego silbar de alegría
pisando piedras y terrones,
sin más tarea que existir,
sin más familia que el camino.

Pablo Neruda -




"And that's why I have to go back
to so many places in the future,
there to find myself
and constantly examine myself
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy.
ambling over rocks and clods of earth,
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road [camino]."

Pablo Neruda (translator unknown)

I've been absent from the forum for a few days. Things are getting hectic: after infinite postponements and disappointments, we are finally set to fly to Spain via UK in April to start the via de la Lana and we have about a month to get ready as well as all the other stuff we'd arranged to do before that, but we are really excited about it, especially as we will be hospis on El Burgo Ranero second half of April. Feel free to drop in and say hello, I'm the one with the beard.

Photo is of Finisterra harbour between sunset and moonrise, sometime in October 2012.
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fin del mundo (El Viento)

Por eso tengo que volver
a tantos sitios venideros
para encontrarme conmigo
y examinarme sin cesar,
sin más testigo que la luna
y luego silbar de alegría
pisando piedras y terrones,
sin más tarea que existir,
sin más familia que el camino.

Pablo Neruda -




"And that's why I have to go back
to so many places in the future,
there to find myself
and constantly examine myself
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy.
ambling over rocks and clods of earth,
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road [camino]."

Pablo Neruda (translator unknown)

I've been absent from the forum for a few days. Things are getting hectic: after infinite postponements and disappointments, we are finally set to fly to Spain via UK in April to start the via de la Lana and we have about a month to get ready as well as all the other stuff we'd arranged to do before that, but we are really excited about it, especially as we will be hospis on El Burgo Ranero second half of April. Feel free to drop in and say hello, I'm the one with the beard.

Photo is of Finisterra harbour between sunset and moonrise, sometime in October 2012.
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dick bird,
Thank you for sharing this lovely picture and your good news with your forum friends.
May you have a safe and wonder-filled camino and hospi stay.
Here in France near Aurillac there is, indeed, another spot known as the end of the world!

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I took this photo through the icy Monte Irago albergue window as proof of the 2009 blizzard which obliterated the nearby landscape in deep snow. For more from my diary/blog re this unexpected storm which would last 3 days see this earlier post.
 
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Repost from September 2020. Aother foodpicture, it is afterall weekend...

Churros in Miño on the Camino Ingles. Churreria Bello on a busy marketday. Got myself the last place at the bar. Pre Covid times!


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Wonder if bars in Galicia still have the fifty percent capacity rule for sitting at the bar due to Covid?
 
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Just before the New Year seems a fine time to start a new thread. For those just joining us, the routine is to post a single photo per day from any camino.. If you can let us know where it is and which year, and if you are running out of images. repetition is quite OK.. Short stories are fun too, but not obligatory - part of what I so enjoy here is that other people's photos bring up memories, which keeps the thread endlessly interesting.

Such a blessing.
Gratitude for hospies everywhere.
Here is Luis, checking us in at the wonderful municipal in Beasain on the Vasco in 2018. Endless caritas there too:
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These are amazing. I wouldn't have gotten much farther for a while..
On Camino del Norte in May of 2013 my 2 friends and I spent the night in Comillas. We planned arriving early in the day so we could visit the exquisite El Capricho by the world renowned Catalán architect Antoní Gaudí. When we saw Gaudí's statue sitting in the patio contemplating his finished work, we couldn't help but join him to do the same!
It’s hard not to be impressed by this magnificent and unique building, a true gem not to be missed if you happen to be in Comillas!
 

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Repost from September 2020. Aother foodpicture, it is afterall weekend...

Churros in Miño on the Camino Ingles. Churreria Bello on a busy marketday. Got myself the last place at the bar. Pre Covid times!


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Wonder if bars in Galicia still have the fifty percent capacity rule for sitting at the bar due to Covid?
Nothing better than churros con chocolate on a cool rainy day to lift up your spirits:)
 
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