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We met Tomas in Manjarin today

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Le Puy-SJPP
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Today we met Tomas “the last of the Knights Templars“ for the first time since our first CF in 2005
Then, he was dressed in the Knights Templar “uniform” for want of a better word
Today, as back then, the bell rang out as we approached
Since building his refuge in 1993 Tomas has devoted his life to helping pilgrims
He is an icon and a legend on the way to Santiago
It really was wonderful to meet him again 8D106FD5-68F6-44CA-935F-857C8B902C04.jpeg 6530673C-597C-4459-842C-4C148D06CA54.png 91EFE2D3-DB1E-491F-8113-07B3C7E9B67F.png DACD6C07-B5DC-4171-9217-CF4498B093E6.jpeg D3E1E7F3-ADC1-414C-83A7-8C41C368A199.jpeg after so many years
 
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2021
Today we met Tomas “the last of the Knights Templars“ for the first time since our first CF in 2005
Then, he was dressed in the Knights Templar “uniform” for want of a better word
Today, as back then, the bell rang out as we approached
Since building his refuge in 1993 Tomas has devoted his life to helping pilgrims
He is an icon and a legend on the way to Santiago
It really was wonderful to meet him again View attachment 125851 View attachment 125852 View attachment 125853 View attachment 125854 View attachment 125855 after so many years
He was there last year and I stopped in for a coffee. He is a hidden gem of the camino.
 

Margaret Butterworth

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2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
He was there last year and I stopped in for a coffee. He is a hidden gem of the camino.
Who did I meet a few days ago?
 

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Margaret Butterworth

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2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
Doesn’t look like the same guy! Maybe there is more than one. He chatted to me for a long time, as if he was a hermit and needed some human contact. He only had fizzy drinks and no wine: he said he didn’t drink alcohol.
 
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Stopped at Manarjin twice, and am surpised that no one has commented that the view from the 'long drop' has to be one of the best in the world - for a facility of this type
 

Margaret Butterworth

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2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
Stopped at Manarjin twice, and am surpised that no one has commented that the view from the 'long drop' has to be one of the best in the world - for a facility of this type
But I was desperate for a toilet and he said he didn’t have one!
 
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When I went by on my first Camino I somehow got wind (pun intended) that Tomas at least had an outhouse for his guests. Thankfully it was quite early and I was not ready to "call it a day".
Outhouse is the kind way of saying a hole cut in a platform hidden by some trees. No walls, no roof, no seat.
 
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CFx5
Norte
Primitivo
CP
Le Puy-SJPP
Via F
Stopped at Manarjin twice, and am surpised that no one has commented that the view from the 'long drop' has to be one of the best in the world - for a facility of this type
Yes, you are right
i took loads of pictures for a forum friend
she said that this region reminds her of her home in Scotland
the whole area is magical
 

Pilgrino21

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Frances
Met him today and got to talk to him briefly. Had a senior moment and had to ask him his name. Perfect timing as he was walking up to his spot. He said something about being 80 years old and either retiring or returning back ..
 

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