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Apr 28, 2019 - Astorga

Astorga is a pretty city but parking here is a disaster. I drove around quite a while trying to find a parking area outside of the pedestrian part of town and finally found one 5 or 6 blocks from this hotel. I just hope that I can remember where I parked the car in the morning. Astorga has a beautiful gothic cathedral and another building beside the cathedral built by Gaudi known as Palacio Episcopal (Bishop's Palace). Lots of pilgrims and tourists here. It's Sunday - I had no idea what day of the week it was - otherwise the hotel can...

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Solo Camino 2019

Sep 24, 2017 - Astorga to Molinaseca

Cecilia & I bounce out of bed around 7am and quickly get ready to go down for our 8:00am breakfast. Today is one of those incredible blue sky days and although the morning is a bit chilly, the forecast is for the high 20’s today. We chose the prefect week as last week it apparently was cloudy and quite cool. Departure time was 9:00am and we drove to Castrillo de los Polvazares – an historic typical ‘Maragato’ village whose architecture has remained unchanged since the 16th century. The stone buildings and paving stones are gorgeous. The...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Day 12 Santibáñez to Astorga

Overview Left Santibáñez and walked out of town through farm lands The countryside is getting greener and is undulating. After a while we came across a guy with drinks set up next to his car. If you took a drink you left a donation. John chatted with him in Spanish and found he was out of work. It was still cool and we were not thirsty so we went on. Not long after we came across a more permanent stand of fruit juices, various things to eat and drink on a roadside stand. Again donations if we wished. This was much more substantial and we...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Donny and Sancho

Well mike Gose verbalized exactly what I have been thinking. Don Quixote has taken over my body and Sanch Panza Bob's! We have met many Dulcineas and have tilted at more than a few windmills in our trek. Today was about 28 K and we had lots of rain, but also 3 breakfasts and a good lunch. Sancho did ok and found lots of people to keep him busy. I walked with Salvatore and got some good recipes and restaurants in Rome. The towns are tiny, Pescadero size and all based on farming. The Camino brings income to the small bodegas and cafés. People...

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Apr 27, 2014 - Astorga

Now that I've found my camera I can send you photos of the Albergue and the dinner we in Mazarife two nights ago. The food was obviously good by pilgrim standards and the guest clapped at the end of the meal. Last night in Hospital de Orbigo we had a lovely host in our hotel and I just had to take her photo with Pat Henderson. Today the hike into Astorga was lovely as we are finally off the meseta and onto more rolling countryside. In the distance we see snow covered mountains. Along the route there was a fantastic cantina run by David. I...

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Oct 8, 2013 - Into Astorga

My passage out of Leon was unexpectedly difficult, although It began sweetly enough. As I walked through the courtyard of my hotel and out into the plaza, I was surprised to see that all the festive "sets" of the night before--the Arabian tents, the food stalls, the craft kiosks--had vanished. In their place was a bare, cleanly swept space inhabited only by the quickly fading ghosts of the party. But as I headed back onto the camino, I entered the ugly, industrial dregs of Leon's outskirts. Both the landscape and the atmosphere were dismal,...

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Taoman

Sep 24, 2013 - Leon to Astorga

At breakfast this morning the hotel must have been short staffed because it took ages to get some milk for our cereal and the single waitress was running around madly pouring orange juice, then coffees or teas and then, finally, milk for my cereal. Why it hasn't occurred to them to do what every other hotel we have stayed in does and just let people help themselves is beyond me. It must make it very hard fro the poor staff. Today we started with another longish bus trip to get us right out of Leon and into the countryside. The walk began...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Camino Day 1- Leon to Astorga

Wasn't looking good when we woke up this morning - windy and raining. But we hung around a bit and it did let up and then it turned into a beautiful day. An easy ride today, mostly flat and only 50km. Not the prettiest of scenery as we were in an industrial area for some of the day and riding on a side road quite close to a major highway. But we did have some lovely stretches on hard packed dirt and quiet side roads. Following the route is pretty easy as there are "shell" markers and yellow arrows pointing the way. Also lots of pilgrims...

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May 8, 2008 - Hospital de Orbigo - Astorga - El Acebo

Om 8.00 uur vertrekken wij. De ooievaars op de kerktoren van Nistal hebben hun nest gereed. Zij trekken zich niets aan van de twee fietsers beneden hen en geven al vroeg in de ochtend toe aan hun lentegevoel. In half tien zitten wij 20 km verderop in Astorga aan het ontbijt en snoepen wij van de plaatselijke lekkernij, de mantecada´s. De bisschopsstad straalt statigheid en welvaart uit. Wij fietsen langs het voormalige bisschoppelijk paleis dat nu een muzeum is. Het gebouw is eind 19e eeuw ontworpen door Antoni Gaudi. Hiernaast staat de...

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Oct 11, 2006 - 3 walking days without compeed!

Hi, I have just arrived in Ponferrada, which is about 25k from Villafranca - if that means anything. There is a large sign over this computer that says 15 minutes. I can't tell whether it is asking people to restrict their time to 15 minutes or it will cut off after 15 minutes! Well yesterday I went over 1500m. It was a misty day, which suddenly kept clearing and exposing the mountains, and it was just lovely. I had intended walking 22k, but got there at about 11.45, so decided to keep walking, and in the end did 32k, ending up at a...

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CaminodeSantiago

Sep 25, 2006 - Mon - Day 7 on the Camino

On Monday morning we drove from Leon to Astorga to view El Palacio Arzobispo, designed by Antonio gaudi, the cathedral and the Roman Wall. Viewing the first photos the building appears to be one but as you move thru the photos you will begin to see three separate structure. Astorga is also know for it's sweets... melt in you mouth cookies and chocolate.

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Road to Santiago

May 31, 2006 - Hospital de Órbiga to Astorga (Day 17 Thought it was supposed to be hot in Spain?!?!?!)

Why is it that when our guide says that there will be 2 possibilities along the path (one nice one and one by the highway) that we always seem to miss that marker and end up taking the ugly highway path???? Think it actually cut down the walking distance by 1km or 2km but when we left Hospital early it was still a wee bit dark and didn't see any choices of routes. We just followed the precious yellow arrow guides and ended up on one of Spain's old highways. Spain is booming with their highway construction and have MANY major motorlane...

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