Category Camino de Santiago

Europe 2017 – Summary, Part Four

August 24 – November 15 The next big portion of the trip was spent in Spain, where we took on the challenge of completing the Camino de Santiago.  What would have been approximately five weeks walking got shortened by ten days when we decided to rent bikes to finish our trek.  We used nine of […]

Europe 2017 – Summary, Part One

August 24 – November 15   This trip was unlike any that we have taken in the past.  Three major factors defined this difference: We would not, except for a brief period, be using a car for transportation We would not do any camping With the exception of our time with Francois, we would not […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Eighteen

October 25-27, Toulouse We ate a quick breakfast of yoghurt and a coffee beverage we’d been purchasing, a latte like product usually produced by Nescafe, both capable of being stored unrefrigerated overnight, and made our way to the Termibus Station. With a little time to burn we each had a café con leche and split […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Sixteen

October 21 – 23, Burgos The train trip to Burgos was relatively short at two hours and after arriving we took a taxi for 9 euros to the Hotel Cordon, located right in the heart of historic part of town.  Much like La Salle in Santiago, this was a very nice property yet still only […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Fifteen

October 19 – 21, Astorga to Leon The train ride to Leon took a little under thirty minutes and once there we again took a taxi, for 6.5 euros, to our lodging, a return visit to Check-In Leon.  We’d been so impressed with the uncrowded and clean conditions there when passing through the first time […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Thirteen – A Summary Part Two

September 23 – October 18, St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela Food All things considered, we ate reasonably well for not a whole lot of money, averaging 41 euros ($48) a day for the two of us.  Some of the times breakfast was supplied by the albergue, other times it cost us […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Thirteen – A Summary Part One

September 23 – October 18, St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela Much like with our trip in 2014, a journey of this duration, nearly three months in this case involves a bit of planning.  And like that earlier trip, except for the Camino itself where each day would plan itself, we’d left […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Twelve

October 16 – 18, Santiago de Compostela We finished off the Cava and in a light drizzle walked over to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office to see about getting our certificates.  As it was late in the day the line was pretty long, likely a 30-minute wait and knowing we had all of the next day […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Eleven

October 15 – 18, Melide to Santiago de Compostela We arose to dark skies, a combination of the latitude of Spain (it doesn’t get light here this time of year until after 8am) and the smoke from the fires, which had been dampened by a mist that would turn into rain later in the day.  […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Ten

October 14 – 15, Sarria to Melide The day out of Sarria, just two more to go to finish the journey, would be the one where the wheels came off the wagon. Joanna was physically and mentally done, truly in need of a rest day yet I, the unbending task master and cheapest man in […]