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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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May 1, 2014 - Cacabelos

Last night we stayed in a room with beds which were 3/4 size - and felt we had each been given a king-size bed. I'm getting mighty tired of sleeping on narrow little beds which seem to be about a third more narrow than most of our single beds. The hotel, with a huge green courtyard and a restaurant under vines was lovely, shady and cool. Celtic music greeted us as we arrived. Wooden floors creaked in a loving fashion in the bedrooms and the wood and stone and scalloped slate roof gave the place a warm ambiance. This morning as we left, we...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Ponferrada and on to Cacabelos

Longish day again today because we stopped in Ponferrada to tour the castle. Lots of grape growing in this area..known as Bierzo wine-growing region of Spain. Lots of vineyards on the Camino and a lot of the walk is on roads through suburbs of Ponferrada so it wasn't the most pleasant walk. A big difference from the walk through the wilderness yesterday. Outside some of the bars we have seen the expression "Hay Limonada" and we have ordered the lemonade drink. It is purple (surprise) and tastes fruity. It is a combination of wine, water,...

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Sep 12, 2008 - Bugs that bite

I have told you there are a series of albergues or refuges along the trail for pilgrims. For hundreds of years towns have provided shelter and water to pilgrims. Thankfully the shelters have been updated over the years. Every 10-20 kilometers there is a albergue. Some are run by the local government, others are privately run. The costs run from a donation to $8 a night. They usually have the basics: bunk beds (pilgrims supply their own sleeping bags), a kitchen, hot showers, and occasionally a computer. Pilgrims are only allowed to stay for...

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Sep 10, 2008 - A change in seasons

Tonight I am in Cacabelos. It´s a small town but with a nice feel. I arrived yesterday. A friend and I decided to get a room in a hostal and spend an extra night. Usually we stay in albergues which are big dormitories with shared bathrooms. I can´t tell you how incredibly wonderful it was to take a bath and shower today in the privacy of my own bathroom. There was no line outside. It was clean. There are no bedbugs (oh, more about that problem later). For the past few days the terrain has been changing. It´s been remarkable. For a few...

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