Friday, November 30, 2018

Cattle Ranch

If this were Texas, we'd call these critters, Longhorns.

El Camino
Galicia, Spain

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Yep, yet another one. Actually, there were a lot of these granaries along this stretch of the Camino. This one, you may notice, looks a little more "finished."

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


The Camino plays host to quite a number and variety of pilgrims.

El Camino
Galicia, Spain

Monday, November 26, 2018


El Camino, Galicia, Spain

"Because the interior of Spain is dominated by semiarid plateaus and mountains subject to temperature extremes, the most productive agricultural areas in the late 1980s tend to be the coastal regions. Thus the north and the northwest, where there is a relatively mild, humid climate were the principal corn=producing and cattle-raising areas. Apples and pears were the main orchard crops in this area, and potatoes were another of its leading products." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, November 23, 2018

Stone Walls

The Camino takes you across bridges, past farms, an industry or two, through towns, villages, and even some cities. Oh, and lots of stone walls.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


"The Iberian Peninsula is extremely rich in instruments. The bagpipe was a common instrument in the northern part of the country. This short overview of the different instruments one can find will hopefully give you an indication of the huge variety of bagpipes to be found in Spain and Portugal." ~ The Bagpipe Society

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What Is It?

Perhaps my readers can illuminate me about this. I spotted variations on this type of construction on numerous small farms located along the Camino. Some appear quite old. I first thought it might be used for storing corn. But now I'm not so sure. Do you know what it is? 

Thanks to all who responded. Your comments finally led me to this Wikipedia article:

"An hórreo is a typical granary from the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (mainly Galicia, where it might be called a Galician granary, Asturias and Northern Portugal), built in wood or stone, raised from the ground by pillars (pegollos in Asturian, esteos in Galician, abearriak in Basque) ending in flat staddle stones (vira-ratos in Galician, mueles or tornarratos in Asturian, or zubiluzea in Basque) to prevent access by rodents. Ventilation is allowed by the slits in its walls." 

Monday, November 19, 2018


Without a doubt the slowest and tiniest "pilgrim" on the Camino de Santiago Compestela

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ponte da Áspera

A work from the 18th century with medieval traces and built on the Celeiro River. It's a Romanesque bridge that pilgrims need to cross in order to leave Sarria and head toward Barbadelo.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Sarria, Spain

An albergue is a hostel where many pilgrims stay while traveling the Camino. Some, I understand, are community owned and operated, while others are in private hands.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Monasterio de La Magadalena

During my short stay in Sarria, I dropped in to visit the Monasterio de La Magadalena, "presently belonging to the Mercedarian Fathers, founded at the beginning of the 13th century as a pilgrim hospital by Italian monks of the Order of the Blessed Martyrs of Jesus, who were also pilgrims. The present building, which houses a small but lovely cloister and an interesting church, is a mixture of different styles of construction ranging from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Today, it is also a private school. (Wikipedia)"

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Finally arrived in Sarria, where I spent the night before setting out on foot the next morning on the Camino de Santiago. Pretty comfortable digs, even if the sink did preclude doing any in-house laundry. Liked the tile, though. :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hotel Abad San Antonio

A strange choice, perhaps. But I share this just to show the contrast between medieval and modern  construction, in this case a hotel in León. Remember my photo earlier of Madrid's airport? This sort of reminds me of that with all its emphasis upon geometry, glass, and metal,

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Basílica de San Isidoro, León, Spain

"In architecture, a tympanum is the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance, door or window, which is bounded by a lintel and arch. It often contains sculpture or other imagery or ornaments. Most architectural styles include this element." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, November 9, 2018


Basílica de San Isidoro
Facsimile of the Visigothic-Mozarabic Bible (year 960)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Basílica de San Isidoro

"The Basílica de San Isidoro de León is a church in León, Spain, located on the site of an ancient Roman temple. Its Christian roots can be traced back to the early 10th century when a monastery for Saint John the Baptist was erected on the grounds.

In 1063 the basilica was rededicated to Saint Isidore of Seville. Isidore was archbishop of Seville, and the most celebrated academic and theologian of Visigothic Spain in the period preceding the Arab invasions. With the agreement of Abbad II al-Mu'tadid, the Muslim ruler of Seville, Isidore's relics were brought to Leon where they could be interred on Christian soil. The tomb of the saint still draws many visitors today. An equestrian statue of Saint Isidore dressed as Santiago Matamoros is visible, along with many other sculptures, high on the facade." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stained Glass III

León Cathedral

Third, and finally, I was, blown away by how vivid these colors were.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Stained Glass I

León Cathedral

The conditions under which I captured this image were extreme. Most of the cathedral's 1800 square meters of stained glass windows are now covered as they undergo cleaning for the first time in ages. As a consequence, most of the church's nave is cast into pitch darkness but for the light pouring through the windows that remain uncovered.  I'm really quite surprised I came away with any images at all.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cordero Cochinillo

I had just got up and left the table in the foreground after a lovely salad (no lamb) in not quite the shadow of the Burgos Cathedral. Wouldn't have needed to put up the sun shade if I had been in the shadow. :-)

Thursday, November 1, 2018