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Once away from the holiday costas, you could only be in Spain. In the cities, narrow twisting old streets suddenly open out to views of daring modern architecture, while spit-and-sawdust bars serving wine from the barrel rub shoulders with blaring, glaring discos. Travel is easy, accommodation plentiful, the climate benign, the people relaxed, the beaches long and sandy, the food and drink easy to come by and full of regional variety. More than 50 million foreigners a year visit Spain, yet you can also travel for days and hear nothing but Spanish.

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Day 23 Astorga & Day 24 Rabanal del Camino

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [36] | Comments [1]

We left for Astorga this morning across this amazing bridge in Hospital de Orbigo. This city is famous for a jousting festival of 300 knights in th Holy Year of1434 (Dintaman & Landes, 2017). The days are more sunny now and in the mid 70s. Nice! ... Read more >

Day 20 Mansilla de las Mulas, Day 21 Leon, Day 22 Villavante

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [44]

 We leave El Burgo Ranero again on a maple tree-lined path. Thousands of this maples have been planted on the trail to provide shade for pilgrims. These stone monuments are beautiful and simple reminders of why people have walked this trail for ... Read more >

Days 17, 18 and 19 - Calzadilla de la Cueza, Sahagun, and El Burgo Ranero

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [58]

Leaving the huge monastery converted into Hotel Real Monasterio del Zoilo in Carrion de Los Condes. Not a seamless transition from monastery to hotel, but really interesting, nonetheless. Construction on the monastery began in 1047.  These ... Read more >

Days 15 & 16: Castrojeriz to Fromista and Fromista to Carrion de los Condes

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [68]

We leave Castrojeriz along a street bordered by lovely roses.  We walk along a marshy area before crossing the Rio Odrilla. According to our guidebook (Dintaman & Landes, 2017) thousands of tons of stone were dumped into this ... Read more >

Day 14 Hornillos to Castrojeritz

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [62]

Manuel made us a great breakfast and then drove us back to town to resume our hike here in Hornillos. There's a legend that pilgrims who soak their feet in the San Bol fountain just outside of Hornillos will be cured of all foot pain. It was filled with ... Read more >

Day 13 Burgos to Hornillos del Camino

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [47]

After a terrific breakfast of literally everything, we roll ourselves out to the Camino trail on a cool morning in Burgos. Our focus still on food, Jeff finds his soulmate below. After posing with Mr. Gelato, he had to pull me away from this window display ... Read more >

Burgos Cathedral

Sat, 9 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [58]

We toured the cathedral at Burgos today. Wow.   \  

Day 12 Atapuerca to Burgos

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [66]

Our hotel from Atapuerca was several miles out of town and required a taxi ride. ...Have you heard the one about the two pilgrims who went into a bar? One pilgrim attempted to phone a taxi and got a recording, in Spanish, of course. After trying the ... Read more >

Days 10 and 11 Santo Domingo to Belorado and Belorado to Atapuerca

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [55]

We left the beautiful Parador Hotel in Santo Domingo as we headed for Belorado today. Lots of small towns and wheat fields today.  Saw the funniest sign, but didn’t take a pic as it was covered with graffiti. It said: Yay God, Boo Devil. Made ... Read more >

Day 9 Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Tue, 5 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [60]

Brisk when we started this morning, but we warmed up after the first hill! We are walking through lots of vineyards again today as we start out. Some workers below are out trimming the grapes. They’re not using any tools, just breaking of the part ... Read more >

Day 8 Logrono to Najera

Mon, 4 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [65] | Comments [1]

We left Logrono early as we have around 18 miles to go today and of course most of it is uphill! How does that work...seems like the days are mostly uphill. At some point we surely will start down. Seriously, every day is up and down hills--as you would ... Read more >

Days 6 and 7: Estella to Los Arcos and Los Arcos to Logrono

Sat, 2 Jun 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [58] | Comments [1]

No Internet Thursday night in Los Arcos. EEKS! Perhaps a blessing in disguise? Visited this cathedral in Los Arcos. We'd been told it looks like Vatican City. Very ornate.   Another iconic experience on the Camino de Santiago is the ... Read more >

Hiking Day 5 Puente de la reina to Estella

Thu, 31 May 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [69] | Comments [1]

After a great breakfast at the hotel, we put on our final layers (1 for Jeff, 4 for Donna), secure our packs in their rain covers and head out for Estella. It’s about 60 degrees and raining for the first four hours. Since we couldn’t take ... Read more >

Day 4 We hiked from Pamplona to Puente de la reina

Wed, 30 May 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [72] | Comments [3]

The skies are dark again as we leave Pamplona--but it's in the 50s and that's warm enough when we're hiking uphill...only the first 9 miles are uphill today! You can see that we are walking through the clouds again today. This is a typical Camino marker.... Read more >

Zubiri to Pamplona

Tue, 29 May 2018 | By donna_jeff | Views [59]

Another spectacular day on the Camino. The terrain was easier today, less mountainous. I didn’t say no hills and valleys, just fewer! We walked through acres and acres of wheat fields. We now know where they get the flour for all this great bread ... Read more >

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