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Second breakfast at Cafe Zuriain where I found myself going into an ecstatic state over a slice of spinach omelette and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Exercise heightens the senses.
 

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Yes, but I walked every step of the 799 kilometers of the Frances and must have seen them.
Chris, you can't have not seen them, unless you walked wth a blindfold. But if they didn't make an impression, forgetting is more likey than remembering.
 

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Chris, you can't have not seen them, unless you walked wth a blindfold. But if they didn't make an impression, forgetting is more likey than remembering.
According to the picture, they are unique and definately made an impression...perhaps a bit of dementia?😅
 
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Just a PSA for winter Caminos... Yes, February can look like this in Galicia!

I noticed a huge difference in water levels between Jan/Feb and April. This February day gave me a quick peek at some old structures poking their heads out of the reservoir (zoom in to cloud reflection in middle) at Portomarin.

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The doors of the Museo de Arte Sacro de las Clarisas de Monforte open to welcome the eager visitors waiting in the courtyard.
Sigh. It was closed the day I was in Monforte.
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This is the first vista of the plain of Alava after you come down from the Tunel San Adrian on the Vasco. It's a whole different landscape than the other side of the mountain!
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Who else stopped to have a chat with Dan at his refreshment stall a few kilometres outside Pamplona?

He was very proud of his picture with Martin Sheen.
 

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While going through my culled camino pictures the other day I came across this one, appropriate for today, Thanksgiving Day in the US, often called Turkey Day for the traditional meal served.

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As an aside, a few years ago Peg and I were in a beach town in New Zealand on our Thanksgiving Day. We went to every restaurant in town but not one had turkey. We lucked out though. At the restaurant that we did end up going to we chatted with a US resident Kiwi visiting her father. As they left they gave us the last half of their pizza as an appetizer. The toppings: chicken and cranberries. Close enough and a reason for giving thanks.
 
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For all who celebrate may you have a
Happy Thanksgiving!
Here in rural France we old Americans are, as always, truly thankful to be alive and together.

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” —Epictetus

Ultreia!
 
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It was my third day on the Camino, and I was still in that mode of thought that was quite proud of myself for actually coping with the sheer physical effort.

I was also constantly on the lookout for sights that I'd seen in "The Way" so that I could compare my Camino with Martin Sheen's experience.

So when I saw this bridge, the Puente de Arre, on the outskirts of Pamplona, I immediately connected it with the scene where Martin loses his rucksack with its precious cargo into the river.

Cheesy photo posed for, blog post composed and posted. Job done.

Naturally, it took about five minutes before the Internet informed me that it wasn't the same bridge, nor the right river or even the same part of the region.

Oh well.

 

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Camino Frances- September, 2014 Ermita San Sebastian, Riego de Ambros, about 5 kms before Molinaseca. We loved Molinaseca but for some unknown reason we don't have any photos from our overnight stay. Pat had the best seafood soup of the whole camino and he was given enough to feed an army!
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@VNwalking has the same pic.
I do indeed:
Haha...but now I can't find it! I'll post it later.🤣
Edit~Here it is, not on a ridge but the crest of a gentle hill after Portomarin.

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And to add a new pic, here's a lovely start to the morning after staying at Albergue El Beso, a few kms past Triacastella, walking towards the setting moon..
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The Portugues are one of the nicest and most generous people I know but they sure can speed in their cars. Can be a bit stressy for a pilgrim/ walker on these kind of roads.

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Agreed! This stretch in the early morning mist outside Vila do Conde was a tad alarming.
 

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We loved Molinaseca
I absolutely loved Molinaseca too, but it never worked out for me to overnight there. I do recall a stellar early afternoon meal in a restaurant downstairs with lovely decor, but do not recall its name to pass on unfortunately; it was on the far side of town, left side of the road.
 

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Agreed! This stretch in the early morning mist outside Vila do Conde was a tad alarming.
I agree as well. A few times I was inching along the edge of the road, nearly hugging the walls. Thankfully just a few short-lived stretches.
 

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I absolutely loved Molinaseca too, but it never worked out for me to overnight there. I do recall a stellar early afternoon meal in a restaurant downstairs with lovely decor, but do not recall its name to pass on unfortunately; it was on the far side of town, left side of the road.
I heartily recommend the Meson Puente Romano.
 

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Fascinating article Sabine. But can you help me out with "Sempre no camiño"?

Gallego for ' Always on the Camino ". Although it would be nice to hear from a Gallego speaking member here if the " no " in this sentence can be interpreted differently.
 
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Gallego for ' Always on the Camino ". Although it would be nice to hear from a Gallego speaking member here if the " no " in this sentence can be interpreted differently.
Not a native from Galicia, but google seems to be... you are 100% correct, Sabine!
 

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Walking late one evening in Santiago, nearing San Martin Pinario, we could hear the music of a violin. It took a moment to see her - playing alone in the shadows. We sat on a stone wall, quietly in the dark, listening to a beautiful solo concert, till she finished, packed her violin and left. A wonderful memory.

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Sweet melancholy. I love those quiet evenings in Santiago.
 
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lovely photo. I’ve been looking at maps of the Norte and a lot of it seems to follow minor roads. Is this so? I’m thinking could be ideal on a bike.
 
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My experience of the Norte, from Bilbao to Castro-Urdiales, was not of a bike friendly route.
 

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Moonlight evening stroll in Castrojeriz (I was actually hunting for the bus stop for the following morning as I had hurt my ankle and was heading home - but returned 10 weeks later to finish!) when I ccam across this dashing night time pilgrim
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lovely photo. I’ve been looking at maps of the Norte and a lot of it seems to follow minor roads. Is this so? I’m thinking could be ideal on a bike.
Hi Peregrinopaul
There are parts that we remember would be bike friendly but also some parts that wouldn't be. But you might be able to take a different option where it isn't suitable for bikes. Some of the options we took certainly wouldn't be suitable, for example between Islares and Laredo via the coastal route and between Soto de Luina and Cadavedo there is the option to take a high route which wouldn't be suitable for bikes.
Also the 'Alpinist Route' after Santuario de Guadalupe and Pasajes de San Juan would be difficult on a bike but there is a low variant, don't know how bike friendly it is.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Norte, walking at the end of April, May and beginning of June 2018.
Some others may be able to remember more than we can to assist you in your planning.
Buen Camino
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The terrace off my room at the albergue Hogar Monjardin, operated by the Dutch. One of my best memories sharing wine with my son looking out at that view.
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Your view took in my albergue at the tall white building to the right of your photo.
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I’ve been looking at maps of the Norte and a lot of it seems to follow minor roads. Is this so? I’m thinking could be ideal on a bike.

There are parts that we remember would be bike friendly but also some parts that wouldn't be. But you might be able to take a different option where it isn't suitable for bikes.

The Norte’s main frustrating disadvantage for pilgrims on foot is that it is so frequently on asphalt about 2 km from the ocean. Yet on the coast itself there are unbelievably beautiful trails for walkers. I have put together a list of some of the alternatives that walkers can take that get you off the asphalt and on the coast.

Your problem would be the reverse. You could easily follow much of the Norte since it goes along the road, and then on those occasions when the Norte does take walkers directly over to the coast, you could stay on the minor roads. But that, IMO, would make for a very unsatisfying Norte experience. Your coastal experiences would pretty much be limited to seeing the ocean in the towns that are on the coast and on the camino. That may be somewhat of an overstatement, but you would miss a lot of the most inspiring scenery on a bike, I think.
 
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Ok, I need some asparagus education. I thought that the white asparagus were just green asparagus that have been kept in the dark. Either underground or under black plastic. I think that’s right. But I also thought that white asparagus were never sold fresh, just in jars or cans. I guess that’s wrong.

To my taste, there is nothing that rivals fresh green asparagus, I never liked those white slimy things. 😁 But I have never had a fresh white asparagus.
Brought back memories of the bar in Arres on the Aragones. We watched the owner sitting ,peeling freshly picked white asparagus. Next thing she brings over a plate for my friend and I. So delicious! Since then I have loved it...
 
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(@VNwalking ... chunky felspar crystals in the bottom right block. Just sayin';))
So I see. 😊
Thank you for saying, because they would be easy to miss looking at the photo on my phone. (BTW, Paul, I replied on Laurie's thread about an option for getting from Zumaia to Pamplona.)

Here is the Iglesia San Nicholas in Pancorbo, with its facade only partly visible because the train cuts right in front of it, within meters. The town sits in a very narrow cleft between rugged terrain, and there aren't many other places for the train to go (besides a tunnel, and then it would miss Pancorbo altogether).
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So I see. 😊
Thank you for saying, because they would be easy to miss looking at the photo on my phone. (BTW, Paul, I replied on Laurie's thread about an option for getting from Zumaia to Pamplona.)

Here is the Iglesia San Nicholas in Pancorbo, with its facade only partly visible because the train cuts right in front of it, within meters. The town sits in a very narrow cleft between rugged terrain, and there aren't many other places for the train to go (besides a tunnel, and then it would miss Pancorbo altogether).
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Good that you took some pictures of the village. To the others here : I was too lazy to stroll through the village that day ( following the results of my country's elections on smartphone and lying on my bed in the hostal :)).
 
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On the Caminho Português da Costa between Perafita and the Praia de Angeiras. The camino path follows along boardwalks that protect the biodiversity of the sand dunes and passes by the Obelisco da Memória. We encountered a group of children who were on a nature walk learning about the dune plants and animals.

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Those sand dune boardwalks were taxing pathways - walking on sand is not an easy task with a rucksack on.
 
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Albergue municipal Cacabelos. The cabinetype rooms with two beds each.
When I walked by I thought that was a wonderful setup. At least in good weather.

Your picture @SabineP helped me pick out mine for today. As I remember it, just a few minutes past the albergue I came across a newly painted wall with a "Post no bills" instruction and an indication that someone found a loophole in the rule.
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I too, stayed at the municipal in Cacabelos. I liked the quirky little "mini cabins"...definitely a "one of a kind" experience on the Camino Frances.
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We looked at these, but ploughed onwards uphill to Pieros, where we had a fine evening at the funky El Serbal y la Luna.
 
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Nice and comfy though. Stayed in far worse places.
The hospitality on a pilgrimage makes all the difference.
Just Googled it. What a unique set-up; seems amazing for a municipal! I'm sorry that I missed out on it.
 
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Albergue municipal Cacabelos. The cabinetype rooms with two beds each.
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We also passed this albergue as we were leaving Cacabelos in September, 2014. This is the view from our Cacabelos accommodation. At the time we were pleased not to have chosen this accommodation for the night!
22 Sep #3 1834hrs Cacabelos From our room in lovely Hostal Santa Maria.JPG
I (Anne) was suffering from bed bug bites and decided to stay in a Hostal for a change, we were also in grand company as the Azerbaijan cycling team were also staying there! The World Team Cycling Championships were on in the Ponferrada area when we walked through there in 2014! We had wanted to stay in Ponferrada and visit the Castle but there were no beds to be had!
 
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