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Sep 21, 2014 - Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k

Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k 21 September 2014 Dinner - Hotel Ponterroxan  Bean & potato soup Pork chop & chips Grilled hake & salad Salad fruit Cheese cake Ice cream Coffee 2 bottles of wine Breakfast 1 croissant Coffee Price 31e dinner bed & breakfast The weather  12 to 25 (stifling in Santiago) The ride - will you get me to the church on time? We leave bang on 7.30 knowing that the 65k and problematic directions closer to Santiago would be difficult to achieve by the preferred 10.30. First thing...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Santiago (Old Town) Spain

Hello again, arrived in Santiago safely with no problems. The weather is warm and a little humid and NO RAIN!! We walked around the cute town most of the afternoon and evening. It is very modern and old at the same time. These people really love their food and time sitting out on the patios of the shops and restaurants eating their meals. We found a restaurant that specialized in Paella!! Seafood Paella for me. Was really good. Then had some real cheesecake that was soo smooth and creamy it tasted like flan and was not rich at all. Was...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Bien Camino

Bien Camino - Yes, I've done it and what an awesome, humbling, challenging and spiritual experience. Everything I hoped for and more, the experience rates up there with my Macchu Picchu experience and memories. Not quite as physically challenging, however I certainly achieved my spiritual inspiration expectations as the trail was so peaceful and relatively uncrowded, I would often hike for 20 minutes before I came across another pilgrim which I would then overtake and be on my own again. The track was beautiful, apart from when I actually...

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May 25, 2014 - It's been a while

It's been a while since my last post. I am relaxing. Yes, Santiago was wonderful! The emotions, the gratitude, the people, etc. But I really wanted to go to Finestere. The rains were beginning and I didn't feel like walking in the rain on this particular section. So on Monday morning, the 19th, I hoped a bus and left Santiago in the pouring rain for a 3 hour bus ride to Finestere. An hour or so later, the rain had cleared out and sun was shining again. The coastline was stunning with the rocks on one side and the water on the other side....

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May 15, 2014 - Santiago update with photos

The walk into Santiago from Arco is generally quite nice until one reaches the suburbs of the city...and then it is just a slog through town until one reaches the lovely old part of the city. Near the centre there appears to be churches on every corner and in every square. There are two in the tiny plaza outside our hotel - located within 100 ft of one another - and just behind the churches rise the spires of the Cathedral (a 4 minute walk away). It is interesting to speculate about how these churches vied for faithful to fill their...

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May 13, 2014 - Santiago!!!!!

Sorry no photos but wanted you to know we are now in Santiago. We met up again with Pat's nieces who walked to Muxia and Finisterre after arriving in Santiago. They came back to met us at the end of our Camino. We went for dinner tonight. The girls are doing very well and have good stories to tell. We are all going to church tomorrow morning to see the Botafumeiro - we hope. It is not always used but I've been lucky every time I went to the church in Santiago thus far. From Wikipedia: "The Botafumeiro is a famous thurible found in the...

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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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