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Sep 27, 2018 - Segovia - Alcazars and Aqueducts

Segovia, surely this is where I shall meet my Spanish Cabillero, knight in white shining armour, as opposed to our Cabillero with the swinging pony tail, the Alcazar looks like a good spot to start looking. Ahhh San Sebastián was fun and Evan’s favourite city, Evan you and Rach would not have got further than the beaches, such a lovely place, I could’ve stayed longer. Five hours on the train through pretty boring countryside to Segovia and entertainment was somewhat lacking as Trumps 1st cousin, unfortunately, like her Uncle Donald, had...

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Apr 24, 2018 - Cacabelos to La Faba

Day 23 - El Camino Maximum & finishing elevation = 893 m, minimum & starting elevation = 483m. 10 - 27 degrees. Sunny. We got up and out early, just after 7am. Walked the undulating hills for 8 kms to Villafranca de Bierzo. Vineyards ruled dotted with flowering fruit trees. Villafranca del Bierzo was nestled into the base of a mountain, castle, cathedral, beautiful. We breakfasted on Tortilla. Then, headed out into the mountains. River on our left, road on our right, the mountains towering above us on both sides. We wound around the...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Acebo to Cacabelos

Day 22 - El Camino Maximum & starting elevation = 1123 m, minimum & finishing elevation = 483m. 10 - 27 degrees. Sunny. A storm about 30mins after we got in last night cleared away the cloud and humidity. We headed out to a blue sky and cooler morning. Downhill this morning through Riego de Ambros to Molinaseca. Lovely villages, particularly Molinaseca with a Roman bridge and riverside cafes where we stopped for coffee. 5km on to Ponferrada. T & I toured the 12th Century knights templar castle (Castillo de los Templarios) - free today as...

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Apr 20, 2018 - León to Hospital de Orbigo

Day 19 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 920 m, minimum & finishing elevation = 818 m. 10 - 22 degrees. Mostly sunny. We walked out of a big city today and that's exactly what the walk was like. Only occasionally broken up by something like the Bodegas in the hills on the outskirts of León or some pretty trees, it was a very urban walk on a path beside the N-120 - a very busy road. We lunched in San Martin del Camino. The usual fatal mistake, didn't stop at the first bar. It was 2pm and we'd walked 25km. The only other bar at the other end...

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Apr 20, 2018 - A Day In Salamanca, Spain

One of the major cities of Spain that we did not get to visit last year was Salamanca, so when we saw it was included on this year's itinerary we were excited. Salamanca is a beautiful city and the heart of it is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also called the Golden City because the stone used for the ancient buildings has aged to a golden tone that glistens in the sunlight. Everywhere you turn you see the warn honey colored architecture, intricately carved sandstone facades and plazas busy with university students and fabulous shops. The...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Mansilla de las Mulas to León

Day 18 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 902 m, minimum & starting elevation = 791 m. 10 - 22 degrees. Mostly sunny. Another lovely morning. We headed out through the crumbling medieval walls of Mansilla de las Mulas. A short day today walking into a large city so the path was often close to a busy road and for a very short section, through Villarmoros, on the roads shoulder. A coffee in Puente Villarente at 7km and then a hard slog all the way to the Cathedral in the centre of Leon, 12km later. The only amusement: A guessing game of how...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Bercianos del Real Camino to Mansilla de las Mulas

Day 17 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 880m, minimum elevation & finishing elevation = 797 m. 6 - 24 degrees. SUNNY!!. Another beautiful day. Quite warm by 10.30 - how unusual. The tree lined pathway that we followed yesterday afternoon continued all day today. A few undulations and overall downward trend but felt pretty flat. At 7.5km, we made the fateful decision to walk past the first bar in El Burgo Ranero. At the other end of the village, it was apparent it was the only bar. Walk back? Not likely!! The four of us shared my half...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Ledigos to Bercianos del Real Camino

Day 16 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 893m, minimum elevation = 801m. 5 - 18 degrees. SUNNY!!. What a beautiful day! Clear from the outset and sunny all day. By the end, almost too hot! We bid a sad farewell this morning to Em who was returning to the UK. Back to the only girl :( Started out walking through a number of villages - Terradillos de los Templarios, Moratinos and San Nicolás del Real Camino. Moratinos introduced us to the Bodegas - wine and food cellars built into the side of hills. At San Nicolás we found a great bar for...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Villalcazar de Sirga to Ledigos

Day 15 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 903m, minimum elevation = 802m. 5 - 16 degrees. Mostly sunny. Headed out at 7.30am for Carrion de los Condes for breakfast, 5km away. Another version of Pan con tomate, Mmmmmm!. Then, a pretty exit of the town before a long, flat, straight stretch of path for about 17km with no villages. Was hard on the feet and the eyes. The view the same for most of it. Green pastures all around us, to our right; snow capped mountains on the horizon and on our left, wind turbines on the horizon. A large haystack...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Itero de la Vega to Villalcazar de Sirga

Day 14 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 830 m, minimum and starting elevation = 767m. Cold. 5 - 15 degrees. Same temperature range as yesterday but totally different day. We started out with a cold morning, a bit of mist and then drizzle. It did bring the snails out - all sizes and colours! We wandered along the snail superhighway trying to avoid stepping on them. The only significant uphill today was before morning tea and we were enchanted by a couple of deer that pranced across our path. Over the climb, a cold wind kept us chilled. We...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Hornillos del Camino to Itero de la Vega

Day 13 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 937 m, minimum & finishing elevation = 765m. 5 to 15 degrees. Another friend of M's, S3 joined us this morning for a few days. So team lad is at 6 members again. We headed out into a clear morning - quite unusual. Straight up was a gradual climb to our maximum elevation for the day. And then, THE SUN CAME OUT!! (and not for just a second). What a lovely day it turned out to be. I was able to strip down from my usual 4 top layers to 2!! And, what a day to do it. We passed through beautiful villages...

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Apr 13, 2018 - Villafria to Hornillos del Camino

Day 12 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 922 m, minimum elevation = 817m. Cold, under 10 degrees. Headed out 7.20 for the 8.5km walk to the city centre of Burgos. The wiff of churros con chocolate kept us moving. The scenery - industry and early morning peak hour. And, drizzling rain. S2 described it best - Camino nightmare. But all better once our tummies were full of sugar. The walk out of Burgos around the river was beautiful and the exit from the city not nearly as bad as our entrance. Rain stopped - yay! Lunched at an amazing little...

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