- Camino(s) past & future
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My brother had a vizsla for many years...a great birding dog, too. What a lovely spot in Scotland you live.With my vizsla Huba to the top of the nearest hill for the first time in two months. Only an hour's walk from my front door, but it's so nice to be back, with see south west Scotland disappearing into the distance across the Solway. And social distancing is quite easy up there ...
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Alan is looking north from Cumbria (in England). This is the borderlands which is rich in history as well as beauty. There is an ancient Roman wall (Hadrians) which marked the boundary of the Roman empire at the time. You can walk it from one sea to anotherWhat a lovely spot in Scotland you live.
Hi Galloglaigh,Today was an early start to Canterbury. We're allowed to travel further now and it was worth going.
Canterbury is usually wall to wall with tourists at this time of year but the streets were empty and so were the stores. Can't see all of them re-opening as it will be a while before the city is bustling again.
Like the cathedral at Santiago (or most cathedrals) there is always restoration going on. Taking a pic through the cathedral gates caught the attention of one of the cathedral police who looks more like paramilitary than police. They must get rowdy crowds on Sundays there.
Outside the cathedral gates is the start of the Via Francigena. Some will know that sign. Others will ... soon.
We took a 55 minute walk in the same area today with no intention of counting but right away hit a big patch so we changed our minds. We finished with 206 but 112 of them came in the first 5 minutes.
Alan, I tried to view but no luck. I do love your photos, and there will be more, I am sure.A nice 19km walk from my front door up to and round the local lake, Tindale Tarn, nestled underneath Cold Fell, most northerly of the North Pennine hills. I have played a couple of times with an app called "Relive", which shows the contours of your route and makes a sort of video of the pictures you take whilst walking:
The longest hike I've made since leaving the Camino Mozárabe in December. Only passed four people in nearly five hours. All but one km is off tarmac. The birds were wonderful, with many skylarks singing busily up the top (the collective noun is "an exhaltation of skylarks"), and also several lapwings doing their acrobatics overhead, geese on the tarn, and black-cock and grouse fledging their young up in the heather. Down in the dale the may blooms are almost over, but higher up they're still in full flower, with some elders and rowans starting to blossom, and I also saw a couple of Early Purple Orchids.
There are worse ways to get "camino fit".
The other day we walked there again and I immediately had the chance to take a picture of a patch of eleven lady slippers. I did and was going to send it in but Google notified me about a picture I took four years ago, a patch of four almost in the same location (a couple pictures later is a photo of ten). I'm posting the picture of four instead of either of the others. Here is my very first smartphone photo:We took a 55 minute walk in the same area today with no intention of counting [the pink lady slippers] but right away hit a big patch so we changed our minds. We finished with 206 but 112 of them came in the first 5 minutes.
Thanks a lot.Roland, such beautiful pictures! I've yet to visit Germany...it should be added to my bucket list.
Yes Germany is a beautiful country and the people we met were so helpful and so nice and welcomingThanks a lot.
Yes, Germany has some great landscapes, landmarks and places worth visiting!
If you search for it, you will find many vids on YT from americans who are living here or visiting Germany on a sometimes regular basis. Don't take it for real, that all germans wear Lederhosen and Dirndls and drink beer for breakfast. There is more to see and more to taste than just the southmost parts of germany, that is in fact, only a very small fracture of the german culture.
You're welcome over here and in most cases germans can speak relatively good english. No need to learn a lot of german.
Annette, you are so fortunate to live relatively close to all the interesting EU and UK countries.Yes Germany is a beautiful country and the people we met were so helpful and so nice and welcoming
A few years ago we walked from Bonn to Wiesbaden...on a way marked path called The Rhinstag ..by the Rhine, above the Rhine and through the forests .... the views were stupendous...
I was so happy to see the Loreley on the Rhine as I'd read about it as a child ....always loved a fairy tale back then!...still do!!
The Camino to Santiago also runs through this area ..it was so nice to see the signs
Annette, you are so fortunate to live relatively close to all the interesting EU and UK countries.
Yes, I've been to many of the outstanding, gorgeous scenery areas in the US and Canada, but we don't have castles and the incredible old architecture of Europe...completely different.Hi Chris,
Yes the UK and Europe H have some beautiful places and walks and each country has its own charm but America also has some beautiful places and scenery too ...and Caneda has some of the best scenery and walking in the world
Agree with you on this one and the old buildings and architecture is wonderful, but for us it's the natural scenery of those mountains and rivers that attract us now.Yes, I've been to many of the outstanding, gorgeous scenery areas in the US and Canada, but we don't have castles and the incredible old architecture of Europe...completely different.
Well, our national parks have become just as over run, I kid you not! Many of them now have buses that take you to the highlights as the parking lots can no longer accommodate all the visitors, many on bus tours from other countries. Glad I saw many of them 25+ years ago, because when I've returned in the last 5 years they are so busy...thankfully the beauty is still there.Agree with you on this one and the old buildings and architecture is wonderful, but for us it's the natural scenery of those mountains and rivers that attract us now.
The European cities that we used to visit have now become so crowded is that for us at least, it's no longer pleasurable to go there.
For example, not so long ago one could just walk into the Varican or the Colosseum in Rome ....now it's hours and hours of queuing and shoving
So now we just head into "them there hills"
Hiking at Buntzen Lake, Anmore with family on Day 28, Camino Athome. 15 km lake side and forest trails with varied elevation and terrain. If I lived closer, I'd walk this beautiful trail every day!
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Annette, how can you pick nettles? Ours sting like crazy and the pain lingers... I avoid touching them with my bare legs at all costs when walking on trails in summer!A short drive and another part of the Essex way...which to begin overlaps with the pilgrims St Peters way ....another day for that
Nice and sunny and not boggy after a few days rain which was a bit surprising
A lopsided footbridge and a very lonely stile ....do we go over it or around it??
A field of nettles
I did pick some of them and they are now being boiled as I read that nettle tea contains a lot of good things!!!!
We will see but I might need to wash it down with a drop of "something"
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Hi chrisAnnette, how can you pick nettles? Ours sting like crazy and the pain lingers... I avoid touching them with my bare legs at all costs when walking on trails in summer!
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