Saturday, December 29, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Palas de Rei

For the most part, I'd say the Camino is pretty well marked and easy to follow . . . except maybe for when you arrive at Palas de Rei. My destination was a hotel just off this map to the left. I entered the town from the opposite side, and in between was where things got a little confusing, I think maybe because there are some alternate routes. Anyway, that's when a little Spanish came in very handy and where I met some very helpful locals who got me back on track. Gracias, mis amigos! :-)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Some choose to walk the Camino, some to run, and some to bike. On this particular day, before I reached Palas de Rei, I was joined (briefly ) by a group of runners.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2018


"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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Quite a lot of farming is being done along the Camino between Portomarín and Palas de Rei, which makes me think of the current debate swirling around the cattle business vis-a-vis the environment. I can't say I'm partial to one side or the other in that discussion other than to note how I have personally become much more of a vegetarian in recent years. It's not that I would be opposed to eating number 4225 here. :-) I just think I would prefer a nice plate of rice and beans instead. How about you?  

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


In answer to a question from Ventana de Photo yesterday, I did stop to see the excavations at Castro de Castromaior, if ever so briefly because I still had a long way to go to reach Palas de Rei that same day. Nonetheless, I did stop to photograph the flora that has grown up along part of the castro's fortifications.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018


The view from high on a hill between Portomarín and Palas de Rei

Saturday, December 15, 2018


A pilgrim with a heart for animals, especially dogs. Notice the Camino shell on her backpack.

Friday, December 14, 2018


There are some very lovely gardens along the Camino. Part of the joy I experienced along "the way"  came from simply discovering what new beauties might be waiting for me just around the next bend.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

High Plateau

Much of the terrain from Portomarín to Palas de Rei . . .

is what I'd call high plateau

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fire Damage

I was told that northern Spain is having difficulty with both drier than normal conditions and the proliferation of Eucalyptus trees, which are not native to Spain. The latter, I'm also told, is extraordinarily combustible. The combination is increasingly a problem.

El Camino
Galicia, Spain

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


An almost church-like granary, complete with rose window.

El Camino
Galicia, Spain

Monday, December 10, 2018


After an all too short night's rest in Portomarín, I got up before dawn the next morning and headed to Palas de Rei, passing by some more wonderful farms.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

San Froilán 2018

Pretty cool looking poster. Shades of the 1960s? Looks like a fun event, too. Take a look here. :-)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Church of San Xoán

Well, now, after I took a shower and before supper, I did take a few moments to walk downtown. There I discovered this--the late Romanesque (12th c.) Church of San Xoán, which just happened to be across the plaza from a lovely little café where I enjoyed a couple of cups of hot tea with tiny squares of chocolate.

El Camino
Portomarín, Spain

Friday, December 7, 2018


According to my maps, there was just this one last climb before I could throw my sweaty self into a shower, get into some clean clothes for supper, and then hit the sack.

El Camino
Portomarín, Spain

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Belesar Reservoir

A severe drought, I understand, has severely depleted the amount of water . . .

El Camino
Portomarín, Spain

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Did I mention I was approaching Portomarín? Well, it looked a lot closer than it was. Many more kilometers and lots of open farmland to cross first. :-)

El Camino
Galicia, Spain

Sunday, December 2, 2018


After passing some lovely fruit trees, my first glance of Portomarín--my destination for the first day of hiking.

El Camino
Galicia, Spain