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Apr 23, 2014 - Leon

We are now ensconced in the Hotel Paris in Leon, located in the pedestrian only area of the old city, between the Gaudi building and the great Cathedral in Leon. Our rooms are on the third floor. They have dormer windows facing the sky where we do not see or hear the street life but see only sky and the occasional bird. Across the street is a pharmacy-perfumery where they have a fantastic window display using little gnomes as tiny penitents, wearing capirotes and carrying platforms of various ointments and medications. It was...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Leon Life

Here at an outdoor cafe around sunset, watching the fiesta crowds stroll by and enjoying my time on this earth. Of course, a good vino tinto helps. Today, the festivities quieted down by dawn and left the city to those of us who wanted to see it without a swelling sea of party animals. Although, I must admit, they have their place. I've done my cultural duties and toured the 13th c. cathedral and the 11th c. San Isidro chapel, adjacent to which are the remains of numerous Spanish royalty, who have very little to say. All the above have been...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Succor Trap

At long last Leon! Here at an extraordinarily beautiful hotel, which is providing much needed succor to my weary soul. It will be very difficult to leave on Monday morning. Here's the courtyard of my little shelter. Just by chance, I've arrived on Leon at the beginning of a huge week-long fiesta, and the town is jammed: street theatre, bandstands set up in the various squares, food booths lining virtually every winding medieval street. My brother-in-law Mark, a chef, would be grinning from ear to ear. Quite a mixture of food cultures,...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Leon

Hi everyone, tromprd into Leon yesterday afternoon and have enjoyed a rest day here today. Again we've lucked out with festival time. Street fairs, food fairs, dancing in the street. Tomorrow we head out for what will be the last stretch between here and Santiago. No more rest days. I'll walk as far as I can with Teganyi and Lucy, but in a few days time it will be necessary for me to bus over a couple of stages, then walk the final 100 km into Santiago on my own. This afternoon I booked a hotel in santiago close to the cathedral for my...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Leon

Today is a rest day in beautiful Leon. We arrived yesterday and have all day to wander this lovely old city. We have also splurged on a hotel and thouroughly enjoyed sleeping in with no interruptions. We are staying in an old monastery...previously the headquarters for the Knights of the Order of Santiago and before that, in the 12th century, a pilgrim hospital. We have finished walking the Meseta and really enjoyed that part of the journey. Soon we will be facing the hills and if forecasts are correct, rains of Galacia. Tomorrow we will...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Rest day in Leon

Overnight the incipient cold that I had been fearing came on with a vengeance. Thankfully I had managed to score some cold & flu tablets from Marie-France. We slept in this morning as it was a free day and as soon as the shops were open I headed for the nearest Farmacia to get some more tablets. With these in my system the day started to improve. Maree hit the local shoe shop and it wasn't long before her credit card earned its keep. I wanted to check out some other shops before making a decision and, in the end, missed out on spending some...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Carrion de los Condes to Leon

Hooray!! I slept very well last night, all was quiet, the room was just cool enough and the bed was just right. Isn't it strange how little things can make such a difference. For a fancy hotel the breakfast was a bit mingy especially after last night's delicious dinner but I've been eating too much so it was probably a good thing. Maree got a 'Happy Birthday' chorus at breakfast and no doubt will get another at dinner tonight. Today's journey started with a drive in the bus to get us onto the Camino. I still feel a bit guilty as I see the...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Loving León

We've done a couple of cycling trips in Spain and really enjoyed them. The last one was through a company called "Iberocycle" and we enjoyed it so much we decided to book another trip with them. We prefer solo trips to group trips and Iberocycle offers a number of different self-guided, "luggage assisted" trips. Essentially, they book your hotels, provide you with a bike and a route map and send you on your way. You are on your own except that your luggage is waiting at the next hotel each day when you arrive. We chose the "Way of Saint...

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Jun 15, 2013 - León y más

When I last wrote, I had made the long walk from Carrión de los Condes to Sahagún and then taken train to León. León is a really nice city, with many monuments and museums. I went to the Basílica de San Isidoro, a large older church with simple, elegant architecture and an interesting museum adjacent. Unfortunately, they didn´t allow photos inside the museum, so can´t show you the really interesting frescoes on the ceiling of the Panteón Real (royal crypt). Also, the Hospital de San Marcos, an old Knights Templar hospital and refuge for...

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Oct 7, 2010 - Leon - Day two

A good sleep and to the Hotel Café for desayaudo (coffee, juice, and bread) – the bread is thick and fried – very tasty. It’s a lovely day for a long walk. We first go to The Corte Ingles, as Linda wants to see the largest department store in Leon. It is, indeed huge, and while much the same as department stores in North America, the styles and design sense are very different – that is, to our eyes, everything is a bit off. And, interestingly, furs are quite acceptable – obviously no PETA organization here. The store has stuff from all over...

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Oct 6, 2010 - Leon

A cup of coffee and we are on our way. We have not been exercising and consequently Mark’s tummy is getting a tad rounder. The good news is that there is more to cuddle. The road from Burgos to Leon is quite pleasant and Linda feels it’s a lot like California as it’s quite deserty. We pass a construction of a major road with bridges in the middle of nowhere. It goes on for miles and miles – a very big project. We feel that Santiago (the third most visited Christian site in the world) may be a tad crowded so we Left Burgos earlier than...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Leon

An early start found us at the Altimira Caves Museum, where a very realistic recreation exists. We were all duly impressed. Our journey today takes us through through the Picos de Europa, a spectacular mountain range. We divert to go to Fuente De where a cable car to a significant height gives us remarkable views. We see Grackles again,just like at the Eiger. Moving on, we find our way to this remarkable Parador in Leon, with thanks to Helen for remembering that the Garmin GPS tells about nearby accommodation, just when we needed to find...

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