- Past OR future Camino
Haha, Yeah. Weather.come wind, come weather;
there's no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.
It is said that the crucifix was a gift from German pilgrims. It looks like this could be true. It is in a German style as seen here (not the same crucifix):On the CF this crucifix was so distinctive that in Puente La Reina - Gares the church to which it was given and within which it hangs was simply named Iglesia del Crucifijo.
If you look at the formation of the early Spanish Kingdoms and the stages of the reconquista, this map explains a lot. We tend to forget that a lot of Spain is actually quite mountainous (until we have to walk up a bit of it).LIke many on here am fascinated by the topography of Spain. This is not my own image, original link and credit below. I love the illustration of the sweeping mountain ranges that traverse this land as well as the deep river valleys of the Douro, Ebro, Guadalquivir etc. Camino Frances clearly evident amongst others
Yes! He was fitter than I and 'pulled' me up the mountain. Not literally, of course, but it is nice to have someone to 'draft.'
What I actually love about this photo is that the bar holder-uppers are facing outward, not nursing their beers or whatever with backs to the rest of the world.
Sorry Beef; your picture never got attached.Seville / Italica
Rick,Sorry Beef; your picture never got attached.
Continuing my walk, a bit farther down the road I went a short way off camino to view this ruin.
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This is identified as Pardina de Escalete, a farmstead that was abandoned during the Civil War. From WWW searches it appears they kept cattle. I haven't found a translation of pardina but it seems to mean a small out of the way place for farming, ranching, forestry or mining purposes. Maybe outstation could be used as a translation. There may have once been a small settlement here as the name Escalete must have evolved over the centuries from Scalat.
I see that a place with this name in the middle ages had many more buildings and a saltworks. I think though that the real saltworks may have been a bit further west, where the names Sierra de Salinas and Foz de Salinas appear. Well, at one place or another the monks at San Juan de la Peña had the right to get salt once a month and salt water once a week.
Not all paths are smooth and easy to navigate. This ankle twister was in the Aumont Aubrac region of the via Podiensis in France. Late May 2015
WOW!! Yummm I carried boiled eggs in the carton with me but having a nice warm egg sandwich to start the day is on a whole other level. LOL
I love this, too. I once was in Norway and saw that all the farmhouses there had roofs like this. Our tour guide said that people throw their goats up there to take care of it when it's overgrown but haven't actually seen one up there.
Another enchanting thing in Najera were restaurants across the river. The food was so good, I would have loved to stay another night there if it weren't for my annoying daughter who decided to stay with me instead of her Camino friends. The only sure way to get away from her was leaving very early in the morning while she was still sleeping.
Yes, have a lovely weekend, everyone. I have surprisingly few food pictures. However, I found this one, it was my first night on Via Jakobi, Switzerland. There was a very attractive albergue in a beatiful old building and I had made it just before the grocery store next door closed. So my dinner was tea, bread and local swiss cheese called "red witch". Very simple, yet very memorable. Via Jacobi 2017Weekend so time for another foodpicture.
Well, these pictures literally gave me a shiver when I saw them. I'm not sure if was because I've been looking out a picture window at what is going to be a near blizzard. I've often taken walks at night in snowfalls but we've had a horizontal snow going on so I'm staying inside.
Glad to learn that you are inside and safe. Do take care.Well, these pictures literally gave me a shiver when I saw them. I'm not sure if was because I've been looking out a picture window at what is going to be a near blizzard. I've often taken walks at night in snowfalls but we've had a horizontal snow going on so I'm staying inside.
Not meant personally at all. I will hush for a while!El Camino de Santiago
Un pequeño mundo dentro de un gran mundo
Un pequeño mundo solidario
Vivimos un gran mundo egoista y poco humano
Un pequeño mundo caminando, avanzando con respeto y buen animo
Un gran mundo retrociendo en valores humanos
Cuando se cruzan estos dos mundos, reaccionan como extraños?
Puede el gran mundo cambiar en el cruzado?
Puede el pequeño mundo perderse en el gran mundo ávaro?
Unknown pelegrina, Estella 2018
A little world inside a big world
A little world of solidarity
We live in a big world, egotistical and barely human.
A little world walking, advancing with respect and good will
A big world retreating in human values.
When they meet, these two worlds, will they react like strangers?
Could the big world change in the meeting?
Could the small world be lost in the big greedy world?)
While we were working as hospitaleros in Estella, a Spanish pilgrim who stayed one night in the albergue wrote this and gave it to us. She didn’t leave her name, and I forgot to make a note of it. Next morning, as we were cleaning, there was a tap on the door. It was the pelegrina looking utterly forlorn. She explained that she had forgotten to put anything in the donativo box, so had turned round and come back to make her contribution. I don't know how far she'd gone but it must have added a fair number of kilometres (and a good hour or two) to her day. She could have done nothing, maybe put in double next time, we'd have been none the wiser but it obviously really important to her to do the right thing. I was blown away by this women's integrity, and I think that is a very important quality in a person.
The picture is on the camino between Estella and Los Arcos.
Intermittent? A lesser man might take that personally. Anyway, a lovely poem and a lovely thought. A cherished memory.
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I hope all is well with you and yours, Rick. That sounds like it was quite a storm.I've often taken walks at night in snowfalls but we've had a horizontal snow going on so I'm staying inside.
Just wow.Foz de Escalete
Another kind of wow.it obviously really important to her to do the right thing.
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Ponferrada --> Villafranca del Bierzo
CF, 19 oct 2016
The house on the hill surrounded by vineyards. I took photos of it from several angles as I walked. It has a prominent place in my memories of Camino. I've often wondered why...
Is it because I would love to live in a house on a hill surrounded by beauty, both of the countryside and the sky and solitude? Or, does the house on the hill represent that which so few of us know as we travel the busy streets of our home places? That out there--on Camino--there is peace and simplicity and connection with the natural world and people seeking the same. Those of us who've walked the Camino paths look like those we move among in the world, but we know the secret.