Monday, October 12, 2009

Home Sweet Home | Returning Spanish Party

Our Spanish themed potluck featured, Sangria, lamb, "dirty clothes", roasted red pepper stuffed with cheese, Pollo de Ferrara, Spainish lentil soup, Spanish olives, meats, Swiss chard with pinenuts, cheeses, flan and Santiago cake.

After dinner we watched a presentation of music and pictures from the Camino.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More photos of Toledo, Spain

More photo´s of the catheral and a pastry shop. They make the pastries fresh every day and they sure are good!! This is our last night in Spain and I will surely miss this beautiful place. The journey has been incredible! I am looking forward to more adventures and we will be back......

Toledo, Spain

The photo is a picture of the surrounding area of Toledo and part of a corner of the catheral. It is really a lovely place, with so much history and so much to see. Wish I had more time to explore this wonderful place they call Toledo.

Adios Santiago..we are on our way to Toledo!

We decided to rent a car and drive back to Madrid, making a two day stop in Toledo. What a lovely place. The sights were incrediable. It was build a long side of a river, with stone walls to protect the the city. The bridges were built from both side to cross over the hills. We took a tour on a fun train and stopped for a mohitos along the way. I would come back to visit this place again. More photo to come.....

Apartment in Santiago

We stayed in a charming apartment in Santigo. It was built in the 12 century. The lady ( Concepcion) explained how the archaelogist were able to tell her from the stones that the wall was from the 11 century and added to during the 15 century. It was beautifully furnished, and we were in the center of everything.
I told Concepcion that we would be back!!

Having fun in Santiago

We were just having a little fun when we ran into an angel and Saint James...So, I had to get a picture with them. Kate is our adorable pilgrim ready for another adventure.

Catheral in Santiago de Compostela

We went to the philgrims mass on sunday and we were blessed with stronger hearts and good will. The catheral is so beautiful, it is hard to capture the whole thing. The other photo is of St. James. We visited his tomb, and on the top it stand a solid gold, jewel incrusted statue of him. We got in line to see it and everyone hugs the statue for thanking him for good blessings and a safe journey.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Woo hoo! Look at us and our Certificates....

Linda and I were so excited to receive our certificates! Posing on the steps the Catheral and getting ready to celebrate with some good food and wine. Tomorrow, we will all go to the pilgrims mass and the final blessing for all pilgrims.

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela

We saw the first sign of Santigo and I just had to take a picture of Linda and Andrew. We walked quite a way into town until we reached the plaza where all the pilgrims gather to celebrate and get their certificate. We were all so excited!! More pictures to follow....

16k and we are on our way....

The local bread(Pun) truck delivers to the locals daily. I caught this lady picking up her bread as we were walking through Monte do Gozo. A view of Santiago, we are only 2 k to finally arrive!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Some of our relaxing moments..Click....

Andrew taking a break midway through our 32k today. Kate relaxing and checking her facebook and email...

More Photos of our Journey today....

We walked through some beautiful smelling euycaliptist trees for miles today. We also came across some locals riding on their horses and enjoying the nice weather.

Santiso-Castrofeito-O Pine

We left this morning from Melide. Our plan was to walk to Santa Irene, but all alberguea and hostels were all full, so we ended up at a really nice place called ¨Casa Bao¨ in Santiso-Castrofeito-O Pine. We have really nice rooms and the food was great! We walked over 32 k today and tomorrow we are only have 16 K to Santiago de Compostela!!! The following photo´s are the terrain and rasberries for sale $1.50 E. More photos to follow...

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The gentlemen is preparing fresh octopus for anyone who chose to try it. The house was made of old stones, but they added a more modern look with lots of glass and plants. We will be walking 25k tomorrow and rest for the big day on Saturday!


As we were walking through the village called ¨Casanova¨ I decided to take these photographs. I believe they store their grain for the winter in these interesting structures.

Photos of our day on the road to Melide

I caught Andrew in a pose with the 69 k marker. Most of our day was enjoyed walking through these beautiful tall covered trees which the trail goes through, beside the small villages we encountered.

Walking to Melide...

We left Ligonde this morning and continued to walk up and down hills all day. The terrain was mostly beautiful green trees shading us as we walked through cobble stone villages. It was partly cloudy, as the sun peaked out once in a while. We arrived in Melide about 2:30pm today, which is in a some what large city. We are staying at an alberge with 100 beds. It is only costing us 3 euro, but we usually have to put up with the snoring. We all like the private alberge´s, which we get a room with 4 beds or a smaller albergue with 20 beds or less.
We have only 50 k left and will arrive in Santiago de Compostela this Saturday! We are so excited, but at the same time will miss this beautiful place. I will upload photos as soon as I find a place the fits my USB stick. Adios for now...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On our way to Ligonde

Linda and Kate are crossing the bridge out of Portomarin. We are on our way to Ligonde and will stay there for the night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


We arrived in Portomarin late this afternoon. Portomarin was built close to the river hundreds of years ago. It was flooded and they had to build the city up on the hill. If you look close at the photo of the river, you can still see ruins of the orginial city. The other photo is the church located in the center of town. We have 90K left of our journey and haven´t decided yet where we will stop tomorrow afternoon.

More photo´s along the way to Portomarin

On our way..

We left this morning for Portomarin. Andrew is standing next to a beautiful painting on the wall outside of Sarria. We walked and walked and finally found the mark for 100k to Santiago de Compostela. I am so excited as you can see!!


On our way to Sarria....As you can see the cows followed me from Fonfria (Just kidding). Andrew is crossing over a small stone bridge and feeling pretty good, hoping to catch a ride...


As we were entering into Fonfria, I decided to take this beautiful picture of the village. Life in the village is pretty busy with the animals roaming down the main path through town. This is where we ate fresh cheese within a hour of it being made. So, so good!


Over looking the beautiful valley outside our albergue in O´Cebreiro (We walked up those mountains.). The other photo is a traditional Irish looking store also in O'Cebreiro. It was a very cute village.

Climbing a mountain Glaicia

We climbed and climbed very rocky terrain through most of the mountain on our way to Glaicia. Linda and I were so happy to reach the top and a marker to prove we did it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Galicia, O´Cebreiro, Fonfria and Sarria

We traveled up the biggest mountain in in Northern Spain and entered Galicia a couple of days ago. The view was incredible. The mountain kept going up and up into several small villages, where we would take a break to catch our breath. We cross over rocks, mounts of dirt and sunny weather. We stayed over night in O´Cebreiro. The albergue overlooked the mountain. The village was like a movie set in Ireland. Beautiful stone walls and green as can be.
We left the next morning and walked to a small village called Fonfria. The village had cows, chickens, cats and dogs walking down the dirt road. We bought fresh cheese made with in a hour from one of the locals. It was so good on our fresh french bread.The scenery was like a picture from 100 years ago. The houses were all made out of stone and slate. The albergue was quiet to sleep and the meal filled our bellies.
We left this morning on our way to Sarria to travel 30k. On our way we walked up and down hills, through creeks, muddy trails, friendly cows bell rings and a beautiful view of Sarria. We arrived today at 3:30pm to shower, eat and rest for our adventure tomorrow. I will send photo´s of our journey when it is available to upload my pictures. Good night for now....

Friday, August 21, 2009

More photos´s at Albergue Brasil in Vega de Valcarce

Here is the entrance to "Albergue Brasil" with great music, food and decor. We really liked this place, especially the food!