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Walking the Camino is much more interesting than planning your next albergue or talking with cousin Bill on your cellphone, educational and fun if you know a bit of history, architecture, and art. Saint Bénézet for example, he who built the bridge we all know at Avignon (not Camino) and founded Frères Pontifes. Right from the start the Camino is chock full of ancient bridges, Trinidad de Arre and Puenta de la Magdelena entering Pamplona for example. Logroño sports a serious bridge too modern and full of buses, trucks, and cars, and Burgos has a nice bridge to look back and take a picture of the city. Then you have the wonder of Hospital de Órbigo, legends a fine but history counts. Saint Bénézet also built the bridge at Pont Saint Esprit. Please see below photographs of both Hospital de Órbigo and Pont Saint Esprit. For those unfortunate souls who have never walked there or those who were too tired from walking to notice, Hospital de Órbigo is the bridge with little or no water flowing underneath. 1701165475200.png1701165427154.jpeg
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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.
Bridges, whether old or new (as in Bilbao, for example, or here in Alexandria, VA) are a joy. Just this past weekend, I led our camino group on The Wilson Bridge Walk, which provides sweeping views from the top of all of downtown DC with the reward at the farthest point a stroll around National Harbor, with all its fun statues, including the world famous The Awakening, buried in the sand in front of the giant roller coaster. For those coming to Alexandria, park at Jones Point next to the bridge. First stroll to the end of the point where George Washington and his buds after tippling at Gadsby's Tavern took the stone marker and laid it at the southernmost point of what was designated in those days as the District of Columbia. That stone marker is still there, next to the lighthouse. It's a great walk, with the bridge providing something special few tourists ever enjoy.
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The bridge at Hospital d'Orbigo was made extra special when we looked over into the river below and spied a family of otters just below us, then, upon approaching the other end we heard traditional music and saw a procession of dancers in costume doing a traditional dance in the square at the end of the bridge.
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That bridge was dry both times I walked over it. We stopped at that square white hotel on the left right after the bridge. Once for a coffee and snack; another year for lunch.
Rumor was that the bridge had a jousting match between two rivals on it over a damsel.

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