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Jul 2, 2017 - Santiago Road Trips

July 1-3: Santiago de Compostela Accommodation: Virxe da Cerca Hotel. Three star room; 4 star character and outdoor relax space. Old house (or maybe couple put together); stone; nooks for private conversation/reading everywhere. Located across street from steps up into Old Town. A challenge to find as GPS first took us to the restaurant co-owned by the hotel. Oviedo to Santiago SPECTACULAR mountain, lakes scenery driving to and through national Parque de Somieto. Luarca—fishing village and resort town; church on the cliff; most...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Santiago and beyond!

We made it to Santiago!!! Due to a number of mishaps that early morning of June 21, both JoAnn and I made it to Santiago, but separately. I had this amazing adrenaline going with the plan to get into Santiago in time for the noon Mass for Pilgrims so JoAnn told me to go on ahead. Over the years JoAnn has become rather disenchanted with the Catholic Church and so rushing to attend yet another Mass was not high on her priority list. So off I went to the head of the pack in the dark at 6am from Padron. As most of you know, I am NOT a slow...

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Camino Portugues

Apr 21, 2017 - Spain - Signs of the Camino

Bilbao - I added this segment of the trip in order to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. My daughter came here about ten years ago on her first backpacking tour of Europe and recommended that I visit. We have remarkably similar tastes in art. I arrive mid-evening from Zurich and check into my pension. I pop out for a late dinner and find I'm still too early by Spanish standards. Bilbao has a different vibe from Switzerland. I would describe it as more relaxed, more communal. The old town is a pleasant place to wander. And I come across...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Day 27. O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

Overview Well an emotional day for a both. The end of a very long walk and it felt strange seeing our destination come into sight. We started in the dark and it was quite spooky as we left the town and went into a very tall and very dark forest. The sun was due to come up do it wasn't long before our eyes adjusted to the darkness. There were other pilgrims about most of the time. I was disappointed we were in the forest at sunrise as with the clouds I thought it would be lovely, but if it was we only saw the end as we emerged into farming...

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Aug 21, 2016 - August 15-20 Santiago de Compostela

After the kids left, things seemed very quiet. Mike and I got busy buying another small suitcase and packing up the souvenirs and gifts acquired during our time in Spain. We decided it would be less expensive and more reliable to check an extra bag than to try to ship a big, heavy box. On August 17, we took a 5-hour train ride northwest to the small city of Santiago de Compostela. This is the capital of the autonomous region of Galicia. It is also where a large network of ancient pilgrim routes, stretching across Europe, come together at...

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May 28, 2016 - The Long Walk Home

When I stop to think about how far we've come and what we’ve done I can’t contain my emotions. It’s been an emotional 24 hours since our arrival in Santiago de Compostela, which marks not only the end of a 30 day walk but also the end of our 14 month adventure. The adventure aside, I’m surprised by my own response to completing the Camino. The feeling of loss, and mourning for a process I’d fallen in love with on the path. The simplicity of it all: eat, sleep, walk, rest, repeat – and be present. Sure, I had always intended to do it with...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Santiago de compostela

We arrived in Santiago de compostela on Easter Sunday. We remained in Santiago until Wednesday. It rains here half the year and it rained during our stay almost the whole time. Santiago is one of the three centers of Christianity along with Rome and Jerusalem. The city is built around the tomb of apostle Saint James who died in Jerusalem, but was buried in Galicia in about year 44. The capital of Galicia is a city of about 90,000 and was founded about 813. If you have not visited this city, it is worth a visit. There is so much history and...

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Lavender's Travels

Apr 5, 2016 - Stage 8 from Teo to Santiago

Our final stage from Teo to Santiago will be about 12 Kms with a climb of 260 meters. Jorge returned us to Teo and we started to walk. We have loved the energy boost that comes from walking in the forest and suddenly having a deep breathe of eucalyptus. There is eucalyptus everywhere in Portugal and Spain and we have been enjoying the aroma along with pine and mint and freshness. Then we learned that it is a problematic invasive that aggressively takes over a forest and sucks all the water from everything else. We still love the aroma, but...

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Lavender's Travels

Sep 13, 2015 - Day 24 Santiago de Compostela.

First up, we decided to go to the train station to find out about the strike. We'd been told it was on 14 and 15 September so needed to know whether we had to make alternate arrangements to get to Barcelona. Found out it wasn't happening so booked tickets to San Sebastián for tomorrow. It's a long day as we leave at 10:06 and don't arrive until 20:48 however we decided we would see some of the countryside while getting closer to Barcelona. It's a bit drizzly again today so we need our warmer clothes. Santiago is on the coast (the pilgrims...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Day 23 Porto to Santiago de Compostela

Another travelling day. As our bus doesn't leave until 12:45, we went for a walk to Costa Cafe and enjoyed a coffee and pastry. They make really good sized coffees here, not the thimbles we've been ordering in most places. Had a little wander around and took some photos of the gardens and olives trees growing on the roof of the car park. The trees look very old so not sure if they've been there a long time or were transplanted into this area. Saw a sewing machine shop in the way back that had parts for Singer sewing machines...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Touring Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, August 30 The buses only ran hourly on the half hour and by the time we were ready to go we caught the 12:30 one into the old town. It was a good thing to catch a bus because our campground is perched on the top of a small hill and the old town is down, down and down. We passed many treed areas and parkland on our way. Santiago de Compostela seems like a very clean modern city a scant 50 km from one of the largest rias on this coast. History 101. “the door is open to all, to sick and healthy, not only to Catholics but also to...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Along the Ria

Glorious sun was shinning when we woke, finally. The beach area looked much different today. All the people who were hiding indoors during the rain were now out combing the beaches. We had about an hours drive to Santiago de Compostela so we took our time traveling up the northern side of Ria de Muros E Noia. It was very picturesque with the crystal clear water, and the lush vegetation around us. About 40 km later we headed inland across the forested hills to our destination. Our campground sat on a hill, overlooking a huge mall complex....

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