Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Life Is A Beach

September 22, 2018 We packed a beach bag and hopped onto bus #32 for our trip to Valencia’s beaches. Turns out it was a transportation holiday and so we saved our ready €3 to spend on our café instead! The bus conveniently dropped us at Mercat Municipal del Cabanyal, a local, non touristy food mercado…

Viva Valencia!!

September 21, 2018 Today we basically went back to yesterday’s discoveries – and made our way INSIDE!! We had breakfast at a the Central Bar in the Mercado Central and oohed and awed at the stands upon lovely, fresh stands of amazing produce, fish, meats, wine, candies, etc!! We went into the Valencia Catedral!! The…

Vivacious Valencia

  September 20, 2018 Today we enjoyed a café in the inviting atrium of  Estación Atocha and left sunny Madrid on a two hour “fast train” ride into even sunnier Valencia, Spain’s third largest city. “The incredibly rich architectural legacy that is so characteristic of Mediterranean cities is very much the story in Valencia. Periods…

Walking, Walking, Walking

September 19, 2018 Another 11 miles today walking around Madrid with my Honey. This was full circle for me as I was in Madrid two nights (really only one full day) when I came to Spain for my first Camino. Bill was also here a day when he joined me after my second Camino. So,…

A Coruña

September 17, 2018 The following is a summary from information derived from Wikipedia (reposted from my April, 2018 one day visit here after completing the Primitivo route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela) Located in in the province of Galicia, Spain, A Coruña is the 17th most populated city in Spain. It is the…

Goodbye Santiago de Compostela, Hello A Coruña

September 16, 2018 It was a difficult decision, yet I left my walking shoes in our pension upon checkout this morning… Such a dichotomy –  I feel considerably “full”, yet very “empty” – too many tourists in Compostela and so many peregrinos that I do not know – at least not personally… yet honestly, another paradox,…

Santiago De Compostela

September 15, 2018 Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, was founded on the belief that the relics of the Apostle James the Greater were discovered in 820 in this lonely outpost of Christian Spain – back when the Muslim Caliphate of Córdoba dominated the Iberian Peninsula. Devotion to St. James…

Reflecting Back On The Enchanting City Of Astorga

September 14, 2018 My one night stay in Astorga was after walking 31.5 kilometers (19.7 miles) on day 22 of the Camino – so not a light day. In fact, it was quite an uphill into the actual town, I was quite tired, plus of course, my feet hurt. I surely Did Not want to…

But We’ll Live Like Kings And Queens Hear The Choirs Of Noise Sing

September 13, 2018 As a reward and treat to myself upon completion of El Camino Frances, I decided to stay a couple of nights at “The Paradore” which is adjacent to Catedral de Santiago on the Praza de Obradoiro. From the brochure in my room, “Arab fortresses, former convents and monasteries, palaces, castles, ancestral homes……