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This one is from.....
...Zabaldika (right??)!

I'm torn between posting something that reminds me of people - I seem to have quite of few like this
[...]or just something beautiful, like this
Both! You could alternate one day to the next...

Editing to add...wow, what a place to rest! Lounging in the lavender - I can almost smell it. All in pink. It wins the thread today, at least in the human interest category...;)
 
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15th October 2017:

Camino Frances. In the Igrexa de Santa María A Real do Cebreiro. A selection of the large range of gospels reflecting the varied languages of the pilgrims. This small group included one in braille and nearby I saw one in Cherokee. An amazing little church.

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More fortress than church on the outside.
It doesn't look like much on the outside, but if I had known what the inside looks like I'd have definitely found a way to visit!

(Photo from the website linked to above - do click on that image to see it full-size. It's amazing.)
 

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I have to be honest and say I forget, but I think this is one of our photos. In 2006, we had a system of taking photos and getting them saved onto disc... and then I kind of lost the originals, but a rediscovered thumb drive showed up. If this belongs to someone else, which is possible, sorry! The reason it was taken? It was just a voice. someone began it. The sound swelled with the addition of more and more. It was in and around Najera. That was a joy, Najera!
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And mine was taken just a couple of weeks after yours, @Madidi :) Sept. 21, 2012. Wonder if that little tree has continued to thrive?
On the latest Google maps, there are still a few of those small trees alongside the piles of stones: I think the maps are fairly recent, so they must still be there :)👍
 
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The little 13th century chapel of San Bartolomé de Ucero stands at the entrance to the Cañón del río Lobos near the Camino Castellano-Aragonés in Soria province. It faces north east, apparently because Santiago dropped his sword here when his horse jumped across the canyon, and they built the church in the direction the sword was facing. It was probably built by the Templars, and the exterior has many of their symbols - a circle of five hearts forming a pentagram, bees, vine leaves etc. It is allegedly exactly half way between Finisterra and the Cap de Creus in Catalonia. Whatever the Templar associations, it's a lovely little chapel on the cusp between late Romanesque and early Gothic, in an utterly spectacular canyon.
 

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First day walking the Camino Frances, 23rd June, 2006. Set off from Roncesvalles just after 7am. This photo was taken after the breakfast of a just made tortilla with fresh bread and cafe con leche. Was it Espinal? It got very warm. Stopped for the day in Larrasoaña. Chauffeur/hospitalero/father of my walking companion was waiting to take us back to Pamplona, and return us to the same spot the following morning. That happened for three nights, and then from Puente la Reina we went on without going back to Pamplona in the afternoons.

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On the 21st, August, 2014, 6 years ago today, we arrived in Bayonne to take the train/bus to St Jean Pied de Port, to start walking our first Camino Frances! We are going to relive that camino over the coming days one photo at a time, if you don't mind!? We should have been walking it again this year May/July. Hopefully next year. :)
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On the second day of the Invierno, I intentionally had most of the day to poke around in thee Roman mines of Las Medulas; in the afternoon I visited the lakes about a km away from the village that formed in areas where the rocks had been washed to separate the ore. Drainage patterns had been changed by the accumulation of tailings, and lakes formed in the depressions. Now they are well known for their flora and fauna.
Here is Laguna Largo in the middle distance, with mines of Las Medulas in the background.

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That's exactly the kind of thing this thread is for. I look forward to seeing your photos, @Anne&Pat !
 

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Autumn comes to the chesnuts of As Médulas, on the Invierno.
I wondered what that would look like. Thanks, Alan...glorious!

Following the misty and mysterious theme...
Morning on the Frances a little after Ribadiso.
I will have to string these along over a few days as I had a hard time choosing and can only post one!
 

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Kirkie, could that possibly be Venta Celta?
I can’t say, but I do know it was on the left, down a little bit from the church, and before heading out over on the right, past the albergue. If this is the same bar, then yes, because I found this and cropped it, from the Venta Celta website. Oh, my goodness. The cheese and honey set us up for the next stage of the day’s walk!
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but I do know it was on the left, down a little bit from the church, and before heading out over on the right, past the albergue.

Yes, I do believe it is the Venta Celta. I stayed here on my very first camino in 2000 — they have some private rooms in addition to the restaurant. At that time the place was owned and run by a young woman from Bilbao, who had fallen in love with the camino and had opened this place. At that time, as others might remember, there was only one set meal for dinner. Ensalada mixta, caldo gallego, and tortilla española. Dessert was — queso do Cebreiro con miel :)

When i was back there in 2015 or 16, just passing through for a coffee, the owner was still there, no longer enamored of the camino but she had expanded her business to include a small grocery across the street in an old hórreo. You had to take some steps down from the road to get to it, I don’t think it was very visible from the street in fact. The restaurant had changed dramatically — now offering a full menu of all sorts of things to meet the increasing demands of the pilgrim traffic. I know that souring on camino businesses happens frequently as the realities set in, but I kind of wish I hadn’t gone back, so that I could remember the whole enterprise in its romantic bubble.
 
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Yes, I do believe it is the Venta Celta. I stayed here on my very first camino in 2000 — they have some private rooms in addition to the restaurant. At that time the place was owned and run by a young woman from Bilbao, who had fallen in love with the camino and had opened this place. At that time, as others might remember, there was only one set meal for dinner. Ensalada mixta, caldo gallego, and tortilla española. Dessert was — queso do Cebreiro con miel :)

When i was back there in 2015 or 16, just passing through for a coffee, the owner was still there, no longer enamored of the camino but she had expanded her business to include a small grocery across the street in an old hórreo. You had to take some steps down from the road to get to it, I don’t think it was very visible from the street in fact. The restaurant had changed dramatically — now offering a full menu of all sorts of things to meet the increasing demands of the pilgrim traffic. I know that souring on camino businesses happens frequently as the realities set in, but I kind of wish I hadn’t gone back, so that I could remember the whole enterprise in its romantic bubble.
I understand, and I am sorry that your return experience was disappointing. I wish I had known the young lady was from Bilbao. That is where I learned my Spanish! I was lucky to be able to attend a second chance learning school, with other native people living in the barrio, and so did not have to go through learning how to order a meal! It really was immersion learning. Anyway, if my photo brought back your initial experience, I am happy.
 
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Camino Frances. One of the iconic pallozas at O'Cebreiro. A similar photo of this particular one on the old 'Google Earth' website was my introduction to the Camino de Santiago. I asked the guy who posted the photo about the structure and he mentioned the camino, I asked what the 'camino' was, he explained it..........and here I am, seven caminos of my own later :) 👍

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What an exciting thrill for me to see these sheep being herded through the village of Viskarret on my first Camino in April 2015. They ran right past Corazon Puro, the guest house where we had spent our first night.
 

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Camino Frances- 23rd, August, 2014 Day 2 We have reached Navarre, Spain! We had beautiful weather for this walk to Roncesvalles. After we arrived at Orrison, the day before, we had thunder, lightning and a massive downpour, luckily we stayed the night in Orrison and met many people who became camino friends and a few have since visited us in Australia!
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Camino Ingles. Strange cross atop a pig (I think) near the shoreside at Mino. I am sure there is a story to it :confused:

:) An image from one of my camino photos that I researched lately! It's a monument dedicated to Fernán Pérez de Andrade, a cross on the back of a wild boar or wild pig, symbol of Andrade's house.

 

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The cruz del niño muerto (or of San Juan) on the Vía de la Plata north of Mérida. In memory of an unfortunate shepherd boy chomped by a wolf one midsummer's day. If you ignore the arrow and take the next right you can detour to visit the lovely lonely visigothic church of Santa Lucía del Trampal.
 

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I wondered what that would look like. Thanks, Alan...glorious!

Following the misty and mysterious theme...
Morning on the Frances a little after Ribadiso.
I will have to string these along over a few days as I had a hard time choosing and can only post one!
Agree ,there is something mystical and spiritual about a misty morning and a stormy evening (this near O Cabo)
 

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Camino Madrid. Heavily tapped black pine tree in the forests on the way to Coca. A huge enterprise when you consider every tree as far as the eye can see is being tapped. One of the side effects is that the forest paths are churned to a very soft sandy texture by the heavy tractor traffic removing the barrels of resin, making walking conditions difficult underfoot 😅

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Harvesting apples for cider on the Vasco del Interior. When enjoying the local cider in Astigarraga that evening, my daughter described it as "Tastes like the real thing - made from apples that were scraped off the ground with a bulldozer, dumped into the back of a truck, and fermented. But in a good way!" 😁 We laughed joyfully and drank up!
 

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Camino Madrid. Heading into another beautiful forest on the way to Coca. You can see the soft sandy tracks created by the vehicles used to transport the resin tapped from the pines.

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Is this the place kirkie? The current Google maps street view Outside El Burgo Ranero
I confess to not remembering, but I will ask my friend. She might remember. I remember that the road was very quiet, if there was one vehicle while we walked along that was it. The heading I put on the photo at the time was “18km straight on”. Your sleuth skills are highly polished!
 
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View from Alto del Perdon, looking to Uterga, Muruzabal, Obanos and Puente La Reina in the distance.
I love that moment of coming to the top of the alto, when a whole new landscape opens up, and the old one disappears for good.

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Camino Frances. We stopped in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and were directed to an albergue in the Abadia Cisterciense by staff from the cathedral. The nun who booked us in was fearsome (well she scared me anyway) 😊 so we headed into the town for food and a beer. We came across Cerveceria Titanic on Calle San Roque: ironic, as I lived close to where it was built and also because I don't think you could find a more remotely unrelated location for a bar named after such an iconic ship. The 'canas' were good in any case and the albergue was first class too :)👍

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Haha, yeah - that was my thought at the time. Erased! :eek:

Today it is a favorite stork photo. He or she was skulking along the edge of the roof of the church in Boadilla, clearly hunting, peering carefully under the rooftiles for hiding prey while walking along, with a little difficulty - I caught a moment of loss of balance.
 

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Camino Frances. Ponte de Furelos on the approaches to Melide. A bit of a slog from here to the town but the promise of pulpo and alberino eased the pain 🐙🐙 🍾

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