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Mar 5, 2014 - Santiago de Compostela

Yesterday we drove to Santiago de Compostela through steady rain and fog most of the way so there was not much to see. There were 3 tolls on the way totalling €11.60 and we arrived at Camping As Cancelas (N42°53'24" W8°31'26") early afternoon, a campsite very convenient to the “old centre” of town but rather expensive; €26.20 per night (including €5 for 5amp electricity!!) but WiFi is free on our pitch. It continued to rain for the rest of the day (David’s birthday) so we just had a few drinks together in Homer to celebrate. This morning...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Santiago to Cape Finisterre and return

Today we could have slept in because the Walkers World tour of the Camino was over but we woke by 7:00am anyway. After reading for a while we dressed and went for breakfast. It was strange not to see the whole crew there at the same time and no Garry, Deb or Pablo. After a leisurely breakfast we joined with Iris and Esther and made our way to the Cathedral to find a seat for the 10:00am mass. As we were expecting the Cathedral to be crowded we were seated by 9:30 and listened to some Latin chanting from a group of priests. Maree and I were...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Portomarin to Santiago

Another rainy morning today as we packed the bus for the last time. My walking shoes have not dried and I choose to wear my runners hoping that the rain will clear before we have to do any walking. There seemed to be hope of this happening as there were some breaks in the clouds. Our first stop was in a market town of Melide which is famous for octopus (fried, sauteed, boiled, grilled or any other way of cooking). There is also a medieval church and a leather goods store. Guess which one got the most interest?? All the while we were in the...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Santiago ( 2)

July 9 -We have been lucky to spend 3 days in Santiago de Compostela at the end of our Camino. We toured the amazing cathedral and the cathedral museum and crypts, saw the ornate baroque Iglesia San Martin and explored the immense Monesterio San Martin - this was an important centre of scientific,and medical learning and the rooms of ancient equipment, the apothecary, animal and fossil specimens and anatomical models as well as old printing blocks and presses, all from the 15th to 18th century, was fascinating. We also toured the ancient...

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On Our "Way"

Jul 7, 2013 - Santiago de Compostela

July 6 - We are up at 5 am for our "assault on the summit ", our last walk of the Camino, a short 18 km. For the first time we need the little flashlight I have brought, as we start through a woodland path, but my flashlight is dead! The first good thing of the day happens before sun-up, as the 2 young Spanish women we are following give Doug one of their little lights and attach it to his finger. In no time the sun rises and we make it to the city limits of Santiago in no time. Once through the modern suburbs, the Camino route takes us...

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On Our "Way"

Jun 28, 2013 - Bye, Bye Spain

A long drive today, over 500km to get back to the Santiago de Compostella area of Galicia. Originally we had planned on staying in Santiago again but decided something close to the airport would be better as we have an early flight to Zurich tomorrow. The Hotel Amenal in O Pino was a great find! Another cheap but cheerful place, right on the Camino de Santiago. We did our laundry in the hotel's coin operated laundry room and then headed to the restaurant where we had some of the best food and service we got anywhere on the Camino. And it...

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Jun 27, 2013 - La Catedral

Here are photos I took in and around the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In addition to visiting the cathedral and its adjoining museum, I took two guided tours: one of the Pórtico de la Gloria, now being restored and under scaffolding; another walking about the roof of the Cathedral. Below, some background to illuminate the pictures a bit. While current construction and overall ambiance of the Cathedral are not the most glorious, the history and details are rich. The cathedral was constructed over the ruins of the earliest shrine to...

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Jun 25, 2013 - Llego a Santiago

I made it! I arrived in Santiago today! Sunday, June 23, one month after I started walking in Roncesvalles, I walked from Palas do Rei to Arzúa, 29 km. Started in the dark just after 6 a.m. and was glad I did even though it ended up being a cool, partly cloudy morning. Being Sunday, no businesses were open to speak of and few people out at all. Lucked into being able to see an old Romanesque church with later murals by landing there just as mass let out. All morning, the walk was pretty and green as usual, but after about 20 km, one can...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Exploring Santiago

The legs were happy to stroll around Santiago today instead of pushing up more hills! We heard that there was a "Pilgrims Ceremony" in the Cathedral and figured we might as well see what it was all about. Turned out that it was a special Catholic Mass and although the singing was nice, it wasn't really our thing so we snuck out early and got in line to get our official Pilgrims Certificates. A bit anti-climactic but we celebrated with a treat in a nearby chocolate shop! Highlight of the day was a rooftop tour of the Cathedral. Great views...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Camino Day 5 - Arzua to Santiago de Compostela

Only 42km today but quite difficult with some steep sections and lots of off-road as we were on the Camino track dodging pilgrims for most of the day. But the weather was good, the route was interesting and it was really fun interacting with the pilgrims as they got closer to the final destination. We enjoyed a last coffee break and a bocadillo lunch in a village (no idea which one!) before our final approach to Santiago. The last site before the city is the Monte de Gozo where there is a huge monument built in honor of the pilgrims. We did...

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Nov 26, 2012 - Hobbits, cat adoptions and caves…………

In the last week we have hiked some amazing mountain trails in the Picos de Europa range, seen 25,000 year old cave drawings at Altamira, been “adopted” by 2 cats, visited the mountain village of O Cebreiro (which looks like a Hobbit village or somewhere in rural Ireland from 200 years ago) and ended the week in the city of Santiago de Compostela – the end of the pilgrimage for everyone hiking the Camino de Santiago. Things we have learned about Spain in the last week: • If you enter precise coordinates into your Sat Nav and rely 100% on...

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Jul 2, 2012 - PORT/SPN-N Pt, Galicia, Asturias (T-bike)

This cycling adventure started in the South of Spain (Huelva) and went West into Portugal, to the SW point of Sagres, and then up the coast of Portugal. The south was warm and windy (almost always a North wind which is not ideal when you are riding North), the middle of Portugal a bit cloudy, and Northern Portugal and Northern Spain unequivocally RAINY! And then some more rain. If you cycle up this way, be prepared for mountainous rainy riding. The scenery is fantastic but it is tough riding. If you need or want any specifics for a bike...

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