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This is a place to share memories and short reflections, one photo per day, one day at a time. Some of us will not make it to Spain this year, so this is our every day Camino fix. If you have been along for the ride since 1.0, you may find you need to repeat your posts,, but that is totally fine! We will see them with new eyes.

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My photo for the day is definitely a repeat, but it is one of my all-time favorite camino sights, from the Vasco just after Segura. Someone was so kind as to construct a chicken bridge for their hens, so they can get from their coop to happy hunting grounds in a grassy paddock across the stream. This hen was screeching, obviously not so comfortable with the crossing. As soon as she made it over, she stopped yelling.
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Yes! A new thread! Here is a photo from the Salvador in 2017 (day two, heading to Poladura de la Tercia, that served for a while as my avatar. The road ahead looked impossible (impassable!)... but I want to say that most times, there is a way through the obstacles. Keep up the faith! { this is not intended as a religious sentiment. It is specific to believing that the way ahead has possibilities I just cannot see from my vantage point}.
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Yes! A new thread! Here is a photo from the Salvador in 2017 (day two, heading to Poladura de la Tercia, that served for a while as my avatar. The road ahead looked impossible (impassable!)... but I want to say that most times, there is a way through the obstacles. Keep up the faith! { this is not intended as a religious sentiment. It is specific to believing that the way ahead has possibilities I just cannot see from my vantage point}.
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Kirkie,
What a route that was! Thanks for your thoughts and photo.
May we all especially now like you "believe that the way ahead has possibilities I just cannot see from my vantage point".
 
He andado muchos caminos
he abierto muchas veredas;
he navegado en cien mares
y atracado en cien riberas.
En todas partes he visto
caravanas de tristeza,
soberbios y melancólicos
borrachos de sombra negra.

Y pedantones al paño
que miran, callan y piensan
que saben, porque no beben
el vino de las tabernas.

Mala gente que camina
y va apestando la tierra...

Y en todas partes he visto
gentes que danzan o juegan,
cuando pueden, y laboran
sus cuatro palmos de tierra.
Nunca si llegan a un sitio
preguntan a donde llegan.
Cuando caminan, cabalgan
a lomos de mula vieja.

Y no conocen la prisa
ni aún en los días de fiesta
donde hay vino, beben vino;
donde no hay vino, agua fresca.

Son buenas gentes que viven,
laboran, pasan y sueñan,
y un día como tantos,
descansan bajo la tierra.



“I Have Walked Down Many Roads

translated from the Spanish by Don Share

I have walked down many roads
and cleared many paths;
I have navigated a hundred oceans
and anchored off a hundred shores.

All over, I have seen
caravans of sadness,
pompous and melancholy men
drunk with black shadows,

and defrocked pedants
who stare, keep quiet, and think
they know, because they don’t
drink wine in the neighborhood bars.

Bad people who go around
polluting the earth . . .

And all over, I have seen
people who dance or play,
when they can, and work
their four handfuls of land.

If they turn up someplace,
they never ask where they are.

When they travel, they ride
on the backs of old mules,

and don’t know how to hurry,
not even on holidays.

When there’s wine, they drink wine;
when there’s no wine, they drink cool water.

These are good people, who live,
work, get by, and dream;
and on a day like all the others
they lie down under the earth.”
Antonio Machado,

“For the strategists, for the politicians, for the historians, it is all clear: we have lost the war. But in human terms, I am not so sure. Perhaps we have won.” (Antonio Machado, quoted by Javier Cercas.)

The photo is a field in Estremadura somewhere on the Plata, 12/5/12
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He andado muchos caminos
he abierto muchas veredas;
he navegado en cien mares
y atracado en cien riberas.
En todas partes he visto
caravanas de tristeza,
soberbios y melancólicos
borrachos de sombra negra.

Y pedantones al paño
que miran, callan y piensan
que saben, porque no beben
el vino de las tabernas.

Mala gente que camina
y va apestando la tierra...

Y en todas partes he visto
gentes que danzan o juegan,
cuando pueden, y laboran
sus cuatro palmos de tierra.
Nunca si llegan a un sitio
preguntan a donde llegan.
Cuando caminan, cabalgan
a lomos de mula vieja.

Y no conocen la prisa
ni aún en los días de fiesta
donde hay vino, beben vino;
donde no hay vino, agua fresca.

Son buenas gentes que viven,
laboran, pasan y sueñan,
y un día como tantos,
descansan bajo la tierra.



“I Have Walked Down Many Roads

translated from the Spanish by Don Share

I have walked down many roads
and cleared many paths;
I have navigated a hundred oceans
and anchored off a hundred shores.

All over, I have seen
caravans of sadness,
pompous and melancholy men
drunk with black shadows,

and defrocked pedants
who stare, keep quiet, and think
they know, because they don’t
drink wine in the neighborhood bars.

Bad people who go around
polluting the earth . . .

And all over, I have seen
people who dance or play,
when they can, and work
their four handfuls of land.

If they turn up someplace,
they never ask where they are.

When they travel, they ride
on the backs of old mules,

and don’t know how to hurry,
not even on holidays.

When there’s wine, they drink wine;
when there’s no wine, they drink cool water.

These are good people, who live,
work, get by, and dream;
and on a day like all the others
they lie down under the earth.”
Antonio Machado,

“For the strategists, for the politicians, for the historians, it is all clear: we have lost the war. But in human terms, I am not so sure. Perhaps we have won.” (Antonio Machado, quoted by Javier Cercas.)

The photo is a field in Estremadura somewhere on the Plata, 12/5/12
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Thank you for posting Machado and translation. Proof that Simple does not mean not Profound.
 
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This musician seated between two pillars amidst the lavish riches of the Santo Domingo de la Calzada cathedral is King David .

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you dont really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor falls, the major lifts
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.


The following link is to guitarist Paola Hermosín's version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah , one of my favorite versions. Her commentary is in Spanish (use closed captioning) but she sings in English. Click on the title, not the arrow for the CC icon.

 
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You’ll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Well known in the UK as a big hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 60’s and as the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, a song with bittersweet memories of triumph and tragedy. Also, another song with relevance to the camino and a sincere message.

The photo is 1st Aug 2019 on the Aragonés, shortly after leaving Árres.
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You’ll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Well known in the UK as a big hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 60’s and as the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, a song with bittersweet memories of triumph and tragedy. Also, another song with relevance to the camino and a sincere message.

The photo is 1st Aug 2019 on the Aragonés, shortly after leaving Árres.
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dick bird,
Indeed. As you wrote "another song with relevance to the camino and a sincere message".

These timeless lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein sung to music by Richard Rodgers were written for the 1945 American musical Carousel.

For all throughout the world who now, March 2022, seek hope may these lyrics continue to offer poignant encouragement.
 
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View from the Parador , walking towards Rua das Hortas. Santiago de Compostela.
Follow the yellow flecha towards Fisterre/ Muxia.
Sabine,

Your's is such an evocative shot of a favorite ramp. Thanks for posting.

Never wanting to be lazy after the bustle of Santiago it was always a pleasure to descend here to start walking towards the sea through the countryside where locals took the time to say Hola/Buen camino.
 
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A detail of a painting in a rather small gallery. My walking companion thinks it was in Gijón the day after arriving in Oviedo at the end of the Salvador.
If you dropped me down from the sky into the little plaza, I could take you right to it! 😁
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A detail of a painting in a rather small gallery. My walking companion thinks it was in Gijón the day after arriving in Oviedo at the end of the Salvador.
If you dropped me down from the sky into the little plaza, I could take you right to it! 😁
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kirkie,
The intensity of the image is indeed strong. This might be by the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla or José Malhoa who was Portuguese.

Here is a list of all the museums in Gijon

Update!! The painting is in
this museum. Here is a screenshot!!
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kirkie,
The intensity of the image is indeed strong. This might be by the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla or José Malhoa who was Portuguese.

Here is a list of all the museums in Gijon

Update!! The painting is in
this museum. Here is a screenshot!!
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Yes! This is the second time you have offered the name of an artist as I posted the photo not too long ago! We have had a power cut since 2am, today but it is almost fixed. I am using my phone as a hotspot, and cannot resist saying 100,000 thanks! 💐🌼🌻🥀🌸.
 
Yes! This is the second time you have offered the name of an artist as I posted the photo not too long ago! We have had a power cut since 2am, today but it is almost fixed. I am using my phone as a hotspot, and cannot resist saying 100,000 thanks! 💐🌼🌻🥀🌸.
kirkie,
Thanks for your thanks. I just sent an email to the museum for more info on the painting and will keep you posted.
 
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kirkie,
Thanks for your thanks. I just sent an email to the museum for more info on the painting and will keep you posted.
Here is the reply from the museum

Enviados: Domingo, 13 de Marzo 2022 17:18:44
Buenas tardes,

La obra a la que usted se refiere corresponde a Ventura Álvarez Sala (Gijón 1869 - 1919) y su título es PESCADORAS DE MARISCO de 1912, siendo la obra, óleo sobre lienzo.

Le indicamos por si fuera de su agrado, algunas curiosidades sobre el autor y su obra:

Álvarez Sala inició su formación en Gijón como pintor decorador, trasladándose después a Madrid para estudiar en la Academia de San Fernando. Participó en todas las Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes que se celebraron entre 1892 y 1915 obteniendo diversas medallas y menciones honoríficas.

Esta obra pintada para presentar a la Exposición Nacional de 1912, representa a un grupo de pescadoras del barrio de La Arena recogiendo marisco en un pedrero. En ella, el pintor trata de demostrar su capacidad para afrontar composiciones difíciles, con varios planos en profundidad, perfectamente unificados por una composición en doble diagonal, en cuya intersección está la joven de camisa roja con un niño en su regazo.

Esperando que la información haya sido de su interés, quedamos a su disposición para cuantas consultas desee.

Dándole las gracias por su interés en el Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos, le saluda atentamente,
 
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You’ll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Well known in the UK as a big hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 60’s and as the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, a song with bittersweet memories of triumph and tragedy. Also, another song with relevance to the camino and a sincere message.

The photo is 1st Aug 2019 on the Aragonés, shortly after leaving Árres.
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Indeed. 🥰 del Norte July 12, 2019.
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Veer left ... maybe 3 work better than 1. Not sure where but am guessing that it might be in Sarria, May 2013
 

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The Rolling English Road

Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;
A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread
The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.

I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire,
And for to fight the Frenchman I did not much desire;
But I did bash their baggonets because they came arrayed
To straighten out the crooked road an English drunkard made,
Where you and I went down the lane with ale-mugs in our hands,
The night we went to Glastonbury by way of Goodwin Sands.

His sins they were forgiven him; or why do flowers run
Behind him; and the hedges all strengthening in the sun?
The wild thing went from left to right and knew not which was which,
But the wild rose was above him when they found him in the ditch.
God pardon us, nor harden us; we did not see so clear
The night we went to Bannockburn by way of Brighton Pier.

My friends, we will not go again or ape an ancient rage,
Or stretch the folly of our youth to be the shame of age,
But walk with clearer eyes and ears this path that wandereth,
And see undrugged in evening light the decent inn of death;
For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen,
Before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
G. K. CHESTERTON

The English, of course, did not arrive in England until after the Romans had left. Chesterton liked paradoxes and parables and he used them, combined with his intellect and wit to show up the supposed follies of his antagonists in debate. But his own ideas do not always stand up to scrutiny. He seems to have believed in a picturesque, feudal kind of society where even the elite had responsibilities, but everyone knew their place and kept to it. Essentially a kindly, humane man, and very talented, he had attitudes that would not be tolerated nowadays (and were sometimes a bit on the nose even then).

The camino does not always take the most direct route either, and like the ‘rolling English road’ follows a route that has always changed and is still changing in response to all kinds of human and often conflicting demands. Parts of it also pre-date the Romans.

The photo is of St. James, Shere taken from a path known locally as 'the Pilgrims'Way'.
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August 22, 2015. Clambering about the rocks at Muxia I found this eye petroglyph. Old? New?
It was hard to tell. This photo is a screenshot from a video I took. I couldn't find any info about the eye but there are many petroglyph sites around Pontevedra.

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Salvador, summer 2017. I think this was taken the day after Pajares, on the way to Bendueños. Possibly before the spot where, looking over to the right, the view is indeed as described on a stone...¡Impresionante!
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I had to Google that one Rick --- I've never heard of a javelina. I don't think we have them DownUnder
it is a boar ;) male, what I know is that there aren't any javelinas in Europe.


VDLP 2018 i was confused that the horse was without the princess..
 

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it is a boar ;) male, what I know is that there aren't any javelinas in Europe.


VDLP 2018 i was confused that the horse was without the princess..
Correct. The javelina, or collared peccary to its friends, is native to Mexico and the southern USA. The name probably comes from the Spanish for wild pig 'javeli', a species that has started to become a feral, urban species, like foxes, and a nuisance. We saw two galloping around Tres Cantos and they have reportedly been sighted on the streets of Madrid, which would make you think coming home from a party at 3 in the morning.
 
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Camino Frances
Roncesvalles monastery
Iglesia de Santa María
interior detail

photo taken February 7, 2007

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At Roncesvalles this carved coffre (??), encased on a side aisle near the main entrance, appeared enigmatic and somber amidst the Gothic splendor of the Iglesia de Santa María.
 
I've made two mistakes with my last post. I mis-remembered the Spanish word for the wild pig. It is jabali which led to the name for the North American mammal, javelina (as @dick bird pointed out). I was more familiar hearing javelina and so I messes up.

Things weren't as scary as the photo would lead you to think. The picture is a zoom on a high resolution photo so there is significant distance between us. Also, I was there first and in the open so I didn't startle them. The jabali was on alert but also curious. I had enough close encounters with bears (and a face to face with a bull moose) to know not to do anything stupid.

My second mistake was to post the boar picture before posting this one. This is where I stopped to sit on a rock and snack. You can see why. This is looking west. The boars then showed up and my photos of them were looking east.

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Camino Frances
Roncesvalles monastery
Iglesia de Santa María
interior detail

photo taken February 7, 2007

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At Roncesvalles this carved coffre (??), encased on a side aisle near the main entrance, appeared enigmatic and somber amidst the Gothic splendor of the Iglesia de Santa María.
The monogram on the left is a stylized common Christogram for the name of Jesus, next to the right is the Bishop's Crosier-- and the fleur-de-lys probably a reference to French Roncevaux and Notre Dame of Paris (which was the model for the church in Roncesvalles), next the Madonna & Child, then the Bishop's miter ( the construction of the present church was ordered by the Bishop of Pamplona & King Alphonse), last a coat of arms probably that of the Bishop, King or other patron.
 
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I didn't start out on my first Camino thinking, "I'm gonna walk across Spain and take photos of every door I see." But, as a natural-born, lifelong carpenter (non-vocational) and DIY person, I couldn't help but admire and appreciate the craftsmanship of the Spaniards (and later, the Portuguese). To see and touch doors mounted in stone that have been used for decades or centuries is both a visual and tactile treat.
 
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I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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I hope all goes well for you. Watch out, @mspath! @Rowena is catching up on you on the CF!
 
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I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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Rowena,
What happy news this is! You must be so very excited as you count down the days.
I wish you good weather and great new experiences. Looking forward to seeing your pics and reading your comments.

Stay safe, Carpe diem and Buen camino.
 
I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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Wow?? First of all I can't believe how clean that sign is compared to August 2019. 😳

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Secondly a big BUEN CAMINO to you. 👣😎 May the road rise up to meet you.
 
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A range of prices for different varieties (grades?) of Bacalhau in Vila Praia de Âncora. CP Coastal.
August 6, 2015.

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👏good shot, thank you! The different prices are for the waters of origin, and the cheapest price is for cut pieces. A time machine that takes us back 600+ years and still is commonplace. Combining salt and north atlantic codfish was a refrigerator before electricity. Salt and cod were the stuff of international commerce and armed conflict. Now salt is common and inexpensive. Bachalhau ready to heat and eat from the mercado freezer.
 
👏good shot, thank you! The different prices are for the waters of origin, and the cheapest price is for cut pieces. A time machine that takes us back 600+ years and still is commonplace. Combining salt and north atlantic codfish was a refrigerator before electricity. Salt and cod were the stuff of international commerce and armed conflict. Now salt is common and inexpensive. Bachalhau ready to heat and eat from the mercado freezer.
I've always found the history of this ship and cod to be a fascinating account of renovation and repurpose.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
I have a confession to make, I do not like Bachalhau. I have tried, but never found one to my taste. Merluza (Hake), on the other hand I can eat a lot of, especially in Galicia. Picture is in A,Coruna, Camino Inglese Sept 2018.

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I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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Have a very safe and wonderful Camino. You will be arriving in Santiago when we are leaving St Jean Pied de Port on the 9th, May, or before, we are going to take it slowly!
Buen Camino Rowena.
Anne & Pat.
 
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I have a confession to make, I do not like Bachalhau. I have tried, but never found one to my taste. Merluza (Hake), on the other hand I can eat a lot of, especially in Galicia. Picture is in A,Coruna, Camino Inglese Sept 2018.

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It's an acquired taste. Try living in Portugal for 3 years. I'm addicted.
 
Camino Frances
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Notre-Dame du Bout du Pont
interior

photo taken October 13, 2015

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At the bridge over the river Nive In Saint Jean Pied de Port the church Notre-Dame du Bout du Pont was always a welcoming sanctuary before begining each camino.

May it still be so.
 
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Road and Hills​

I shall go away
To the brown hills, the quiet ones,
The vast, the mountainous, the rolling,
Sun-fired and drowsy!

My horse snuffs delicately
At the strange wind;
He settles to a swinging trot; his hoofs tramp the dust.
The road winds, straightens,
Slashes a marsh,
Shoulders out a bridge,
Then
Again the hills.
Unchanged, innumerable,
Bowing huge, round backs;
Holding secret, immense converse:
In gusty voices,
Fruitful, fecund, toiling
Like yoked black oxen.

The clouds pass like great, slow thoughts
And vanish
In the intense blue.

My horse lopes; the saddle creaks and sways.
A thousand glittering spears of sun slant from on high.
The immensity, the spaces,
Are like the spaces
Between star and star.

The hills sleep.
If I put my hand on one,
I would feel the vast heave of its breath.
I would start away before it awakened
And shook the world from its shoulders.
A cicada’s cry deepens the hot silence.
The hills open
To show a slope of poppies,
Ardent, noble, heroic,
A flare, a great flame of orange;
Giving sleepy, brittle scent
That stings the lungs.
A creeping wind slips through them like a ferret; they bow and dance,
Answering Beauty’s voice. . .

The horse whinnies. I dismount
And tie him to the grey worn fence.
I set myself against the javelins of grass and sun;
And climb the rounded breast,
That flows like a sea-wave.
The summit crackles with heat, there is no shelter, no hollow from
The flagellating glare.

I lie down and look at the sky, shading my eyes.
My body becomes strange, the sun takes it and changes it, it does not feel,
It is like the body of another.
The air blazes. The air is diamond.
Small noises move among the grass. . .

Blackly,
A hawk mounts, mounts in the inane
Seeking the star-road,
Seeking the end. . .
But there is no end.

Here, in this light, there is no end. . .

Stephen Vincent Benet

The landscape of a lot of the camino is the meseta, and this poem recalls that landscape although he never visited Spain. You could call him an old-fashioned American; patriotic, a lover of liberty but sympathetic to the poor, especially in the rural south. He probably worked himself to death, partly trying to convince as many as possible of his compatriots to oppose fascism.

Looking back at Segovia, 11th Sept 2018.
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I have never lived in Portugal, but I am concerned I may have a problem addiction!
I'm staying very far away from those. Never having tasted them, there is no addiction.

Looking back at Segovia, 11th Sept 2018.
Gorgeous photo, Dick. Wow.
And it goes perfectly with the Benet.

Madrid. Where Caminos begin, for many - at least landing at the airport, and maybe taking a day or so to get over jetlag - even if not walking the Madrid.
This is the Catedral de la Almudena, with its astonishing ceiling.
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I'm staying very far away from those. Never having tasted them, there is no addiction.


Gorgeous photo, Dick. Wow.
And it goes perfectly with the Benet.

Madrid. Where Caminos begin, for many - at least landing at the airport, and maybe taking a day or so to get over jetlag - even if not walking the Madrid.
This is the Catedral de la Almudena, with its astonishing ceiling.
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Some hold a traditional view that camino starts with their first step away from home with Santiago in their sights. It is fun to think of it this way, especially when someone asks “where did you start your camino?” And you can reply with a grin “Beaverton”. 😇
 
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I have a confession to make, I do not like Bachalhau. I have tried, but never found one to my taste.

Idem here! 🙂
:) I didn't either until this very delicious dish was served for dinner at Casa Velha in Perefita. Bacalhau com Natas. Cod with cream, potatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, bit of nutmeg, baked with gratin. July 30, 2015.

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:) I didn't either until this very delicious dish was served for dinner at Casa Velha in Perefita. Bacalhau com Natas. Cod with cream, potatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, bit of nutmeg, baked with gratin. July 30, 2015.

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Theatregal,
The ingredients in your Spanish dish appear similar to Brandade de morue here in France and Quebec; hearty and delicious especially on a chilly or cold day during Lent.
 
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The Serf

His naked skin clothed in the torrid mist
That puffs in smoke around the patient hooves,
The ploughman drives, a slow somnambulist,
And through the green his crimson furrow grooves
His heart, more deeply than he wounds the plain,
Long by the rasping share of insult torn,
Red clod, to which the war-cry once was rain
And tribal spears the fatal sheaves of corn,
Lies fallow now. But as the turf divides
I see in the slow progress of his strides

Over the toppled clods and falling flowers,
The timeless, surly patience of the serf
That moves the nearest to the naked earth
And ploughs down palaces, and thrones and towers.

Roy Campbell

South African, but he somehow ended up in Spain where he and his wife at one time took the young (and clearly unwell) Laurie Lee into their care. The Civil War found them on opposite sides but they maintained a strong respect and affection for each other which I think does both of them credit.

The photo doesn't really relate to the poem except by contrast. This was on the Francés, just after Sahagún on the variant route, 30 Sept 2019. Spain is not without its problems but life is a hundred times better than it used to be. This guy had done his daily walk around the village (doubtless involving a chupito or two) and was watching the local kids playing in the middle of the road. This, to me, is what Spain is about. And maybe we could look at his life with a certain amount of envy.

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I’m posting this photo today, of my first arrival in Santiago on October 17, 2015 because I’m about to set off again. Leaving home this Saturday and starting my Camino from Roncesvalles on March 22. This will be my third Camino Frances, sixth Camino in total.
I won’t post for a while, as I’ve pretty well run out of photos worth posting anyway, but if I get some good new photos I’ll post from the Camino!
Rowena

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Go safely Rowena as your departure draws near. I am very envious. I'm sure you'll have many interesting photos to choose from when you're back in "posting on forum" land.
Buen Camino
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
Have a very safe and wonderful Camino. You will be arriving in Santiago when we are leaving St Jean Pied de Port on the 9th, May, or before, we are going to take it slowly!
Buen Camino Rowena.
Anne & Pat.
So they've let you out of DownUnder prison Anne & Pat. I'm equally as envious of you. Stay well, tread lightly and wave the Aussie flag. Buen Camino
 
I've loved the collection of doors that have been posted. Today I post an old boarded up window leaving Acebo May 2013. I have many windows and door knockers in my collection of Camino photos and like those venturing out again, I hope one day we will tread the same paths.
 

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Road and Hills​

I shall go away
To the brown hills, the quiet ones,
The vast, the mountainous, the rolling,
Sun-fired and drowsy!

My horse snuffs delicately
At the strange wind;
He settles to a swinging trot; his hoofs tramp the dust.
The road winds, straightens,
Slashes a marsh,
Shoulders out a bridge,
Then
Again the hills.
Unchanged, innumerable,
Bowing huge, round backs;
Holding secret, immense converse:
In gusty voices,
Fruitful, fecund, toiling
Like yoked black oxen.

The clouds pass like great, slow thoughts
And vanish
In the intense blue.

My horse lopes; the saddle creaks and sways.
A thousand glittering spears of sun slant from on high.
The immensity, the spaces,
Are like the spaces
Between star and star.

The hills sleep.
If I put my hand on one,
I would feel the vast heave of its breath.
I would start away before it awakened
And shook the world from its shoulders.
A cicada’s cry deepens the hot silence.
The hills open
To show a slope of poppies,
Ardent, noble, heroic,
A flare, a great flame of orange;
Giving sleepy, brittle scent
That stings the lungs.
A creeping wind slips through them like a ferret; they bow and dance,
Answering Beauty’s voice. . .

The horse whinnies. I dismount
And tie him to the grey worn fence.
I set myself against the javelins of grass and sun;
And climb the rounded breast,
That flows like a sea-wave.
The summit crackles with heat, there is no shelter, no hollow from
The flagellating glare.

I lie down and look at the sky, shading my eyes.
My body becomes strange, the sun takes it and changes it, it does not feel,
It is like the body of another.
The air blazes. The air is diamond.
Small noises move among the grass. . .

Blackly,
A hawk mounts, mounts in the inane
Seeking the star-road,
Seeking the end. . .
But there is no end.

Here, in this light, there is no end. . .

Stephen Vincent Benet

The landscape of a lot of the camino is the meseta, and this poem recalls that landscape although he never visited Spain. You could call him an old-fashioned American; patriotic, a lover of liberty but sympathetic to the poor, especially in the rural south. He probably worked himself to death, partly trying to convince as many as possible of his compatriots to oppose fascism.

Looking back at Segovia, 11th Sept 2018.
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Where on earth do you find all these poems? Do you write any yourself?
 
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I've loved the collection of doors that have been posted. Today I post an old boarded up window leaving Acebo May 2013. I have many windows and door knockers in my collection of Camino photos and like those venturing out again, I hope one day we will tread the same paths.
Bronte DownUnder,
What happiness it can be to be together!
 
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