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Oct 21, 2018 - A Coruna

Near perfect weather stayed with us for the drive to the next overnighter near A Coruna. We took the long way to allow us to explore the coastal towns of Ferrol and Pontedeume. The latter was quite good with a popular market in full swing among its medieval buildings and cobbled lanes but Ferrol, as its name hinted, was not very pleasant. We moved on. The marina in A Coruna was the opposite so lunch was the go overlooking many spectacular yachts. Our hotel was perfect for us to rest up before our reasonably long drive to Portugal.

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Oct 20, 2018 - Lugo

The landscape along Spain's Atlantic coast was ruggedly beautiful with jagged rocks protruding from the sea which continued inland with similar but much larger shapes. Fishing villages dotted the coast so we visited one in particular because of its name. Puerto de Vega was very small but extremely pretty. A gorgeous, well manicured garden was partly surrounded by the old moorings and original buildings. It was a gem. Not only was it a great little spot but the coffee was excellent. Much of the continuing drive passed through mist, rain...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Santiago - Bueno Camino and adios

We have had the best time in this wonderful city of Santiago de Compostela, lively, pretty, exciting, great tapas, many new friends. I loved it the first time I was here and loved it the second time too. So much fun with pilgrims arriving constantly, we meet up in bars or around the town and catch up on funny accounts of our hike, the crazy people we met, sights we saw etc. This morning, after breakfast we met Paul from San Francisco yet again, actually in the room next door to us, ha ha and invited him to join us on a very interesting free...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Santiago de Compostela - destination reached, mission accomplished.

Oh what a feeling! We did it, 200 kms later we reached our destination Santiago de Compostela, we achieved our goal, mission accomplished, done and dusted. What a trip it has been, I have enjoyed every minute of it and could not have chosen a better companion than Lorna to share this wonderful experience with. The crazy sights we have seen along the way, the sometimes rough weather conditions, the strange, amazing and often wonderful pilgrims we have met and befriended (Wendy, you had better invest in some blow up mattresses at a Laurieton...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Padron - it’s a long way to Tipperary and even further to Santiago

We awoke to a stunning morning, misty with rays of sunlight shining through. What a blessing after all the rain and misery hiking in drenching conditions all day yesterday. Our boots and gear had dried in front of the heater and after our usual three course breakfast, we headed off for Padron. There were many pilgrims (which was unexpected along this route and perhaps a little disappointing) along the way, however we met the same people every day and got to know them and had fun with them all. There was the German couple, from North East...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Caldas de Reis - poor suffering pilgrims

Yes, poor suffering perigrinnes! We had a lovely evening last night sitting in the lively town square over a glass of wine, watching the local population do what they do on a Sunday night in Pontevedra. An interesting and totally relaxing experience. This morning we awoke to doom and gloom, after an extremely adequate breakfast in our luxurious Spanish Mansion, 3 courses which I devoured with glee to nourish my being before a big day of hiking and which Lorna did not appear to do the spread justice, we ventured out at 8.30 am to a dark and...

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Oct 14, 2018 - Pontevedra - These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do!

‘One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you’ Nancy Sinatra - or walk all over Spain more likely. Today was one of those days ...... When planning this trip, we had limited time so instead of wasting time walking through some of the boring towns or industrial areas, I cheated and cut them out by using trains and busses so we woukd only walk between the interesting towns where the pathway has mostly been away from main roads. So yesterday, Lorna’s maths skills were utilised together with my Broking skills, and we agreed that it...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Baiona - a lazy rest day from our pilgrimage

I organised a rest day in Baiona as I had read what a beautiful seaside/fishing town it was, plus we stayed in an ancient Spanish or Galician mansion where the old fort was with spectacular views, it was a good decision. We have enjoyed a really relaxing day in this beautiful mansion in readiness for a very big hiking day tomorrow with two fairly big climbs one after the other. Thank goodness the weather cleared up into a welcome sunny, if somewhat blustery day, however we were able to get all our gear washed and dried after our wet day...

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Oct 7, 2018 - A Coruna - Maria Pita the Awesome

Maria Pita Square A Coruna's main city plaza takes its name from the town's heroine, Maria Pita. Maria Pita is credited with (figuratively) stepping into her wounded husband’s’ boots and leading the charge that reduced casualties and repelled Sir Francis Drake's attack on A Coruna in 1589. Proving yet again that hero’s need neither capes nor trousers. Having crossed Drake’s Passage to Antarctica last March (2018) learning of Maria Pita’s very high esteem on his account was an unexpected surprise on this trip. Maria ranks right up there...

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Oct 6, 2018 - A Coruna -Around Town

After doing the long 20km loop from our apartment to the Torre de Hercules and back, we did not return to the city center a second time. Instead, on Saturday and Sunday we took time to work through some transit & accommodations planning. We’ve taken the lead from my sister Vicki Kapoor and her husband Anil and call these “technical days”. Even so, with another seawall walk just across from the apartment we got out each day to enjoy our coastal location.

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Oct 5, 2018 - Urban Hiking To The End of the World

To be precise, we walked 20.3 km along the shoreline and through the city of A Coruna to the one-time End of the World. The Torre de Hercules lighthouse, which sits upon a rocky elevation 60m above seal, was according to legend, constructed as one of the labours of Hercules, but really it was built by Romans in 1 AD, at the furthest edge of the civilized world. Looking across the Cantabrian sea, over the Celtic sea towards the southern tip of Ireland makes it easy to comprehend that until Columbus returned from disappearing over the...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Train Travel and Trekking Pilgrims

Train travel is so much more comfortable and civilized than flying. It gives us a chance to relax while taking in the countryside. This journey took us north-east of Madrid across the central plateau, through La Perdiza, (Madrid’s version of Yosemite in the USA, a climber’s hot spot) across the alliterative plain of Spain (where the rain mainly falls). The plain is certainly Saskatchewan-flat but red-soiled like PEI. After a few hours we reached the lush green valleys of the Galician grape-growing region. Growing a bit anxious, we made our...

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