Madrid

Plaza Mayor Madrid was having a very unusual heatwave in June, with temperatures up to 40 degrees. Geraldine picking out some shorts for Gord Madrid is a wonderful place to overdose on art After two nights in Santiago we took the fast train to Madrid.  The...
What should we eat? 

What should we eat? 

Detail of The Cathedral at Mondoñedo Simplicity is one of the appealing aspects of a pilgrimage. Our days principally involve walking or cycling, sleeping, and eating. After walking 25 or 30 kms the last of these is one of the great pleasures of a pilgrimage. Spanish...

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Where should we stay?

Where should we stay?

We haven’t written much about the nuts and bolts of food and accommodation on our two Caminos. If only for my own memory, I would like to make a few general comments, first about our lodging and later about dining. I know I’m going to cause some head-shaking among our...

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Grandma’s Night at the Spa

Grandma’s Night at the Spa

Giving our respects to Santiago in Soto de Luiña I arrived in Avies covered in grease after Grandma Friday’s Chain came off of a third time. By 4:00 I had dropped her off at the repair shop to get a full tune up. What a difference, now she has a good range of seven...

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Words with Grandma Friday

Words with Grandma Friday

Gordon, Grandma and I A tough section of stony Roman road, not recommended for bikes. I have reconciled with Grandma Friday after a few misunderstandings. We have been together for a long time, so naturally one expects a few bumps along the way. She explained it all...

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Octogenarians

Octogenarians

Walt and I. Some people are just made of different stuff than the rest of us. Generally I feel like I am pretty fit and strong for a woman of my age, but there a lots of women on the Norte who are in their sixties and seventies. Unlike me most of them don’t coast down...

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Gaudi’s El Capricho 

Gaudi’s El Capricho 

Today we had a lovely walk through rolling hills that took us to the seaside town of Comillas by early afternoon.From the second half of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th, Comillas was a popular summer place for Spanish royalty and the aristocracy. This...

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Altamira

Altamira

We planned a short (12 km) walk into Santillana del Mar today. Santillana is a very pretty character village that was swarming with tourists when we cycled through in 2014, but in the shoulder season it was a pleasure to wander around. We also have the benefit of...

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Closer to the Sea: Castro Urdiales

Closer to the Sea: Castro Urdiales

We missed a lot of the coast on our cycle trip along the Camino del Norte in 2014. The last two days of walking, biking and pushing have been varied and simply stunning. We followed tracks around headlands, crossed beaches on boardwalks, and of course, climbed steep...

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Vizcaya Bridge

Vizcaya Bridge

Leaving Bilbao this morning. Gordon:  In a marked change from our first six days on the Camino del Norte, today’s walk was mostly flat and moderate in length.  (Yesterday I walked 31 kms, with almost 1000 metres of climbing, an experience my knees...

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Basque Country

Basque Country

I’m sitting in the square in the shade of the Santiago Cathedral in Bilbao. Gord should be along any minute, but this is a lovely place to wait.  As the signs have told us since we started the Camino del Norte, we are not in Spain, we are in Basque County....

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