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Apr 30, 2019 - Foncebadon and Ponferrada

207 Kms to Santiago Ponferrada 30 April 2019 The little car made it to Ponferrada today with no mishaps. I returned the car and hobbled to my hotel. The receptionist was able to book me for an appointment with a physiotherapist/massage therapist for 5:15 this afternoon. I assumed the therapist wouldn’t speak much English so I wrote down what was bothering me in my very best “google English”. When she read my “Spanish” account, she looked puzzled. It probably came out something like this: “My feet have stabbed me in the heart. They are on...

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Solo Camino 2019

Sep 12, 2016 - Day 15 rest day. Molinaseca to Ponferrada

Overview Catarina left the albergue with us and walked together as far as Ponferrada. John spent some time walking ahead with a Spanish man from Madrid, who had walked the Camino several times. Found ripe figs and picked them along the route. Yum. Being a short walk and rest day we arrived at Ponferrada early. Nothing much open. Eventually settled in a cafe for awhile even though it had nothing for me to eat and we had been planning breakfast. Went to tourist office who offered to keep our backpacks whilst we toured the castle for a...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Foncebadòn - Ponferrada

35km - 10h (pour Laurent et Francis) - 13km pour Paul et taxi! Je savais que mes frères ronflaient mais pas à ce niveau sonore.  Et comme Paul m'a dit que j'étais également un ronfleur on ne va pas tarder à ce faire blacklister dans la communauté des pelerins ! Donc après une nuit sonore mais à peu près complète le réveil s'est merveilleusement bien passé : frères debout à 5h30. Bon Paul et Francis  (mais surtout Paul) n'ont  pas échappé à la désorganisation des premiers jours. Extrait : - Paul : vous n'avez pas vu la housse du duvet? -...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Priests and bike racing

Well, no internet yesterday or last night. We left Astorga at 6 , usual time.had a great breakfast at a small roadside pueblo about 5 k out of Astorga. Best food I've seen. Woman said her food was a political statement. She grew everything herself and it was absolute delicious. Still dark when we left her restaurant. Passed thru some small towns, some seeming totally deserted until we reached a jewel-box of a tiny town whose name escapes me. Salvatore found a great alburgues there run by an English hospitaliero and a French woman. Really...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Down to Ponferrada and 'Pinch Me'

I didn't want to leave my sleepy little hamlet in the mountains. I was up well before dawn and spent a long time in the dark and silent kitchen of the inn, sipping coffee and eating toast and marmalade and waiting for the sky to be light enough to navigate by. All too soon, it was, and so I slipped on my pack, stepped out onto the gallery porch, and descended the stone stairs to the cool and empty street. My morning walk was beautiful. Soon I was out in the mountains again, surrounded by trees with turning leaves and the sound of rushing...

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Taoman

Jun 29, 2013 - Mountain goats again

June 29 - We take to the mountains again. Up at the crack of dawn today, and we see the sunrise over the beautiful vineyards and orchards of Bierzo. This is cherry country and huge trees are ripe and laden everywhere. Little roadside stands appear along the Camino offering sweet cherries to the parched pilgrims. We walk through the nice riverside town of Villafranca del Bierzo with beautiful squares, surrounded by ancient stone churches, convents and a 15thcentury castle atop the hill. We have a choice leaving this town of 3 different...

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On Our "Way"

Jun 28, 2013 - Bierzo

June 28- Our Albergue experience last night got 4 stars - the Polish, Italian, German, Canadian and Korean mixture agreed on having the window open, were so exhausted that they were quiet as mice after 10:30, and didn't even think of stirring until after 6:30 am. It was a Camino albergue miracle. The 17 yr. old polish boy we chatted with last night had to be pried from his bed by his grandmother(who he's walking with) at 8 am. (Reminded us of a certain someone at home). Doug is 'back on track with a pack on his back' and we do a nice easy...

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On Our "Way"

Jun 16, 2013 - Estoy en Ponferrada ya

Yesterday, Saturday, I walked 17 km to a tiny village, called El Acebo. Not a long day on the Camino, but since it included about 350 m (~1100 ft) of both ascent and descent, it was a challenging walk. I had my pack transported (a very handy sevice here on the Camino Francés), so I could enjoy the stage, and boy, it was worth every euro! The scenery was gorgeous, with heather and other flowering bushes everywhere, towering over my head. Mountains with spots of snow off to one horizon and pines and scrubby oaks and cherry trees along the...

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Sep 11, 2008 - A lesson in Spanish politics

You all have probably seen headlines about terrorism in the Basque region but what is it really all about? A friend explained to me the Basque region gets the most attention but there are really three separatist movements in Spain. I knew there was a Basque language but I didn´t know the culture was so strong. In fact, in Spain the Basque region is called Pais Basque. Pais translates as country. The Basque region has its own language and culture. The Spanish language is considered to be secondary. The signs in Pais Basque are usually in...

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Jun 15, 2006 - Foncebadon

Amazing day Left this am at 7am. Very green fertile area with crops of dilferenf veggies. Rain overnight had freshened the air. in fact I was slightly cold for the first time. Walked with 2 women from Holland. Then met a Canadian from Halifax. But I had a lot of energy. My ankle was good so I ran on to Astorga. Beautiful city. Met up with George from Eire. Had 3 coffees. One of the best things about Spain. Went to Cathedral Amazing. Left with no idea where I was going. This is my preference. 2 hours later talked to Raphael Actually his...

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Tim's Journey

Jun 3, 2006 - Molinaseca to Cacabelos (Day 20 - Day of the Templar Castle)

Wow, I slept so good. I was so cosy that this was the first time so far along the camino that I wanted to stay in bed til 10am. Since I had ended the day so well in my sandals I started the day in them. Didn't feel my heel blister at all today, first time with no stinging sensation in the feet area. Aunt B has been feeling good too although she's been taking a few more anti-inflammatories for her heel inflammation than she had at the beginning our our walk, not that you ever hear her complain. Tough Polish stock! Lots of tarmac and asphalt...

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