Torta de Santiago looks plain but is almondy, moist, sweet, deliciousness especially after a fair few kilometers. Scallop shells are everywhere. You just have to look for them. The wooden pew armrest is in the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. There are grain stores: The Knights Templar are still keeping us safe in spirit.… Read More My Symbols of Santiago
Madrid is great my friend, It’s 5 to 8 in the evening and I’m drinking Sangria in Puerto del Sol. It takes a lot to get me out at night when I travel but it is the perfect temperature for strolling, and the music and warmth of the people have me hooked. I am enjoying… Read More A Letter from Madrid.
A Day in Madrid at the Prado. Normally a visit to a museum has me drained and looking for the exit within 2 hours. I have been known to queue to get into somewhere longer than I can tolerate being in there. However, I was fully absorbed by the Capitolino Museum in Rome. It kept… Read More Hieronymus, Diego and the Whims of the Heavens.
Wednesday 17th May. Today I went to Toledo. I caught the train from Madrid’s Atocha station for €20 return & 33 minutes each way. Outside the Toledo station, I turned right, walked along to the bus stop, passing the lady selling hop on hop off tickets and jumped on the local bus. It was €1.30 for a… Read More Holy Toledo!
The patterns formed quickly. For the first week, when I arrived at my accommodation from walking the best part of the day, I would have a thumping migraine headache. I would close the curtains, peel everything off, shower and hop into bed with what I needed pulled around me to arms reach. My day bag, my… Read More Joyous
First published 5th April 2017, this is my most viewed, liked and commented post ever. As it turned out, this walking path and the associated travel became one of the most profound and treasured experiences of my life. It is said that the Camino teaches us all a life lesson. Mine was patience and it… Read More Pre-Walk Wobbles
How does a middle aged woman prepare to walk 112kms (70miles) over 9 days in Spain… …leaving for Europe in only 6 weeks? That is 12.5km average per day or 7.5 miles. Some days 10km, other days 18km. So this is what I have going on 6 weeks till departure: -purchased beautiful new walking shoes for… Read More 6 weeks out: blisters & bingeing.
After a nearly 3 year passionate and intense love affair with Italy, (which continues to this day), I am being disloyal and this year heading for her big sister, Spain! I have spent the last 2 years or so learning about the walk to Santiago de Compostela, (Camino de Santiago), in Galicia, the north west of Spain.… Read More Unfaithful
The scallop shell is a symbol of the pilgrim for some, especially associated with various camino routes across northern Spain. I spent a great deal of time planning a pilgrimage as the impetus for a return trip to Europe. Most appealing was a section of the Via Francigena, the ancient route from Canterbury in England, through… Read More Camino – The Long Walk