Friday, January 1, 2016


Camino Gazetteer
.....Camino 3-2007:February 17, 2007
.....Camino 7-2011:October 25, 2011
.....Camino 9-2013:October 30, 2013
.....Camino 10-2014:October 30, 2014
.....Camino 11-2015:October 29, 2015



February 17, 2007

The sky was blue and the sunlight golden walking to Ventosa. Located slightly off the path I had always wanted to stay here, intrigued by the simple homemade sign. Arriving at the only bar in I drank a delicious thick hot chocolate; the real thing, not from a mix. When I went to pay a local had "covered it"! What a nice gesture. While waiting in the bar for the private albergue to open a German pilgrim joined me for lunch. We chatted about our journeys. He had just begun walking today and insisted on paying for lunch. Another gracious act ! (Perhaps I looked so exhausted that these men felt sorry for me!) We are the only pilgrims tonight at the albergue San Saturnio. This is a handsome renovation and very comfortable. I am so pleased to have stopped!

October 25, 2011

During the past few days the Camino has gently meandered through Los Arcos, Torres del Rio, Viana, Logrono, and Ventosa, crossing countless miles of red earth while passing through acres of recently harvested vineyards. The intense smell of grapes perfumes the air. Sunshine is milky and no longer brilliant while the sky is now the clear pale blue of late autumn and winter. A hat and gloves are needed walking at dawn each day and heat very necessary and welcome in the albergues at night.

During these past days I have been with a handful of fellow pilgrims from France, England, Holland, Sweden and Canada. We don't walk together but casually meet to drink a coffee or share a meal. Some will stop at the end of the month and continue next year; others like me are planning to walk all the way west. On the Camino each pilgrim finds his own pattern.


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