So many small farming towns along the Camino through Galicia. The smell of manure is eye-watering and astringentand the weather is moody.
Peregrinos on horseback scrounging for some food.
The last 100 k makes for a very crowded camino. It's a different experience than the first 600 kilometers and it requires an attitude adjustment. Galicia is so beautiful in my opinion, though, it makes the shock of sharing the way a little gentler. I tend to always be trailing behind Mike.
Unpredictable weather = empty cafe chairs.
Delicious pulpo in Melide
Romanesque era Santa Maria de Melide XII Century with some Visigoth era treasure.
Misty morning leaving Ribadiso, which was tiny and quaint though I was tired and cranky the night we crashed there in my least favorite hostel of the walk run by a mad woman who adored Mike.
Is this view where I came from or where I'm headed? In retrospect I just can't tell.
Leaving Rabanal to climb to the Camino's highest point at La Cruz de Ferro.
Cruz de Ferro where pilgrims leave a stone from home, also symbolically leaving behind a burden they have carried
Stopping for the evening in the tiny town of Reigo.
My camera is so dirty, I now have a nice Glamor Shots soft focus going on as we leave, climbing down from Reigo in the dark for nearly an hour before the valley began to fill with early morning light.
The very pretty town of Molinaseca still hasn't woken up when I'm passing through.
Yelling at this insane cat to go back inside made no difference in Ponferrada
The 12 C Knight's Templar castle in Ponferrada.
Plenty of grapes to harvest in the Bierzo wine region. This is just outside Cacabelos, where I was so tired for once I didn't not explore after arriving at the albergue.
Gorgeous morning's walk into Villafranca del Bierzo
Some interesting blue trees at the start of a long walk adjacent the highway leading deeper into the Valcare river valley.
TheValcarce river vallye is dotted with sleepy hamlets. Each one quaint and beautiful, like Vega de Valcarce
A space highway floating overhead
Lovely little Las Herrerias where we stayed in a cozy hostel with a delicious dinner. A restful stop before a steep climb to cross over into Galicia. I hope I can return to the Valcarce River valley some day. For me, it was one of the prettiest areas of the Camino.