Camino pics#11Rabanal, Cruz de Ferro, El Acebo, Ponferrada

Night number 28 was in Rabanal. Left the next morning for Cruz de Ferro to place the grandkids rocks and head towards the Templar castle in Ponferrada.

a water font

a water font

early morning

early morning

climbing again

climbing again

uphill

uphill

a snake!

a snake!

Now this looks fun

Now this looks fun

Cruz de Ferro ahead!

Cruz de Ferro ahead!

The grandkids rocks! Seahawks 12th man of course, my pink quartz rock and our googly eyes.

The grandkids rocks!
Seahawks 12th man of course, my pink quartz rock and our googly eyes.

Flip side! Stacey, Jordan and Hunter and John, Lisa and Aidan

Flip side!
Stacey, Jordan and Hunter and John, Lisa and Aidan

Glad not to be carrying them anymore.

Glad not to be carrying them anymore.

Here they go!

Here they go!

Here's a good spot

Here’s a good spot

Here's where they are

Here’s where they are

Can you sot them?

Can you sot them?

Another arrow

Another arrow

upcoming hills

upcoming hills

Dale stopping for another handful of blackberries

Dale stopping for another handful of blackberries

more mts ahead

more mts ahead

Manjarin coming up. A refugio w/o running water or electricity

Manjarin coming up. A refugio w/o running water or electricity

The Latrine

The Latrine

Manjarin

cows, mountains and wind turbines

cows, mountains and wind turbines

another arrow

another arrow

up another hill

up another hill

a town ahead but we won't be there for two days

a town ahead but we won’t be there for two days

El Acebo coming up

El Acebo coming up

Ran into Jesse from Australia and due to the 5 minutes we talked we missed getting the albergue we wanted. Giid thing! This Casa Rural was sooo much better.

Ran into Jesse from Australia and due to the 5 minutes we talked we missed getting the albergue we wanted. Giid thing! This Casa Rural was sooo much better.

If you're ever in El Acebo this is a great place.

If you’re ever in El Acebo this is a great place.

Dale's meal

Dale’s meal

my dinner

my dinner

overslept the next morning and will have to hurry if we're to make it to the castle in Ponferrada  before closing.

overslept the next morning and will have to hurry if we’re to make it to the castle in Ponferrada before closing.

coming into Riego de Anbros

coming into Riego de Anbros

pretty flowers

pretty flowers

And who should we run into but Gilad from Israel. We first met in Bayonne at the train station before we even started the Camino.

And who should we run into but Gilad from Israel. We first met in Bayonne at the train station before we even started the Camino.

Bill and Gil

Bill and Gil

great refreshment stand in the middle of nowhere

great refreshment stand in the middle of nowhere

Still a long way to Ponferrada

Still a long way to Ponferrada

Still a long way to Ponferrada

Still a long way to Ponferrada

a bike pelegrino

a bike pelegrino

very rocky path

very rocky path

great tree

great tree

coming in to Molinaseca

coming in to Molinaseca

church of San Nicholas

church of San Nicholas

streets of Molinaseca

streets of Molinaseca

Templar Castle in Ponferrada

Templar Castle in Ponferrada

Templar Castle

Templar Castle

we stayed at the parish albergue in Ponferrada. 170 beds. Imagine our surprise when in walk our bunk mates for the night- yep ! Gilad, Bill and John.

we stayed at the parish albergue in Ponferrada. 170 beds. Imagine our surprise when in walk our bunk mates for the night- yep ! Gilad, Bill and John.

getting closer

getting closer

somewhere near Cacabelos

somewhere near Cacabelos

Camino pics#10 Astorga to Rabanal

I know this was the last pic yesterday but had to start with it again. Superb architecture!!

I know this was the last pic yesterday but had to start with it again. Superb architecture!!

Pictures today start out inside Gaudi Palace and the cathedral. We leave Astorga  and stop for a morning coffee or two and run into Sue from Australia, whom we haven’t seen since breakfast in Burgette after leaving Roncevalles. We walked the day together and stayed at the same albergue where her husband Kevin and grandson Jesse joined us.

statues in Gaudi Palace courtyard

statues in Gaudi Palace courtyard

Gaudi Palace

Gaudi Palace

Dale at the Palace.

Dale at the Palace.

door to Gaudi

door to Gaudi

inside Gaudi Palace

inside Gaudi Palace

ceiling

ceiling

cathedral detail

cathedral detail

cathedral interior

cathedral interior

Dale & cathedral door

Dale & cathedral door

organ

organ

Foot bath at St Javier albergue

Foot bath at St Javier albergue

not sure what this is but only a couple blocks from Gaudi

not sure what this is but only a couple blocks from Gaudi

large square with drinks and dining available around the edges. Ran into a couple from California that we had met at Orisson

large square with drinks and dining available around the edges. Ran into a couple from California that we had met at Orisson

Two statues clang the bell on the hour. Look close

Two statues clang the bell on the hour. Look close

Left Astorga in the dark with firemen from Atlanta. Stopped for coffee and in walked Sue from Australia. Hadn't seen her since breakfast in Burgette just outside Roncevalles. She walked with us for the day. We met her husband and grandson in Rabanal.

Left Astorga in the dark with firemen from Atlanta. Stopped for coffee and in walked Sue from Australia. Hadn’t seen her since breakfast in Burgette just outside Roncevalles. She walked with us for the day. We met her husband and grandson in Rabanal.

note the storks nest on top of the church

note the storks nest on top of the church

love the doors

love the doors

Very pretty home

Very pretty home

... with a great door

… with a great door

long, hot and flat for awhile

long, hot and flat for awhile

slight fixer!

slight fixer!

storks nest

storks nest

Lynda and Sue sharing a laugh

Lynda and Sue sharing a laugh

They must've filmed a Cialis ad here.

They must’ve filmed a Cialis ad here.

another church...

another church…

... with a great door

… with a great door

We finally made it to Rabanal  and stayed at the Guacelmo albergue. It was by donation. In the afternoon they had English Tea in the garden. Lots of cookies, chips, muncies and several types of tea. Would highly recommend this albergue.

We finally made it to Rabanal and stayed at the Guacelmo albergue. It was by donation. In the afternoon they had English Tea in the garden. Lots of cookies, chips, muncies and several types of tea. Would highly recommend this albergue.

dinner salad

dinner salad

Sue, Dale, Kevin, two other pilgrims and Jesse at dinner.

Sue, Dale, Kevin, two other pilgrims and Jesse at dinner.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Camino pics #9 Leon to Astorga

Bascilica de la Virgen del Camino

Bascilica de la Virgen del Camino

long hot road

long hot road

Dale and Kat on the road again

Dale and Kat on the road again

flowers along the way

flowers along the way

storks nest

storks nest

old door

old door

great green door

great green door

country side

country side

Kat and wheat fields

Kat and wheat fields

Lynda on the trail

Lynda on the trail

bodega

bodega

kitchen at our albergue San Antonio de Padua in Villar de Manzarife

kitchen at our albergue San Antonio de Padua in Villar de Manzarife

dining room

dining room

dinner salad

dinner salad

paella

paella

yummy dessert

yummy dessert

sunrise

sunrise

Gaudi Palace in Astorga

Gaudi Palace in Astorga

Gaudi Palace

Gaudi Palace

church bells

church bells

Gaudi Palace

Gaudi Palace

Astorga cathedral

Astorga cathedral

stunning

stunning

entrance

entrance

door

door

our albergue in Astorga

our albergue in Astorga

our albergue

our albergue

our bunks

our bunks

fabulous door handle

fabulous door handle

narrow street

narrow street

nun on a cell phone

nun on a cell phone

cathedral

cathedral

window

window

cathedral

cathedral

this was supposed to be hot chocolate but was more like hot pudding!!! Very thick

this was supposed to be hot chocolate but was more like hot pudding!!! Very thick

Gaudi Palace

Gaudi Palace

Gaudi

Gaudi

the cathedral and Gaudi Palace

the cathedral and Gaudi Palace

Camino pictures part 8 Leon

another Camino marker

another Camino marker

We stayed two nights in Leon. We booked into Hostal San Martin. A double room was 31 euro with our own bath. Would highly recommend. As we were waiting for the key, I looked down at the register and saw that booked into the room across from us was Kat! Out of all the hostals and albergues we both chose this place. Unbelievable! I’m still sick so many trips to the bathroom even with the pills!! Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy today’s pics!

Streets of Leon!

Streets of Leon!

Cathedral in  Leon

Cathedral in Leon

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If the hand fits!

If the hand fits!

Impressive!!

Impressive!!

lunch!

lunch!

Lynda And Kat in the streets of old Leon

Lynda And Kat in the streets of old Leon

Shoeprint!

Shoeprint!

Lynda meets Elvis!

Lynda meets Elvis!

Bank of Spain

Bank of Spain

Quiet gentleman!

Quiet gentleman!

Another of Leon"s many statues

Another of Leon”s many statues

Lovely walkways

Lovely walkways

The San Marcos Parador in Leon

San Marcos Parador in Leon

San Marcos Parador in Leon

entrance to the parador

entrance to the parador

famous pilgrim statue in front of the parador

famous pilgrim statue in front of the parador

shell motif on the parador

shell motif on the parador

our room at Hostal San Martin

our room at Hostal San Martin

the bathroom was huge

the bathroom was huge

thatched roofs

thatched roofs

bodega

bodega

Pictures #7 including San Bol

Tardajos to just past San Bol

Tardajos Had planned on staying here but couldn't find an open albergue

Tardajos
Had planned on staying here but couldn’t find an open albergue

green door

green door

shell marker

shell marker

Kat coming into Rabe de las Calzadas

Kat coming into Rabe de las Calzadas

storks nest on top of church

storks nest on top of church

view from our room at the Liberanos Domine albergue in Rabe

view from our room at the Liberanos Domine albergue in Rabe

church in Rabe

church in Rabe

Dale and Kat exploring

Frenchman at the water font. We run into him several more times in  upcoming weeks

Frenchman at the water font. We run into him several more times in upcoming weeks

church steeple w stork nest

church steeple w stork nest

our albergue Liberanos Domine= very good

our albergue Liberanos Domine= very good

dinner w our pilgrim friends. The lady w the blue scarf is Marie & the guy to her right w glasses is her significant other who became known as Dale 2.0 - his name is Dale Lawrence

dinner w our pilgrim friends. The lady w the blue scarf is Marie & the guy to her right w glasses is her significant other who became known as Dale 2.0 – his name is Dale Lawrence

church w rainbow

church w rainbow

Kat, Marie, Dale 2.0 and Lynda leaving Rabe de las Calzadas

Kat, Marie, Dale 2.0 and Lynda leaving Rabe de las Calzadas

church

foggy morning

foggy morning

still foggy

still foggy

the way thru valley

the way thru valley

Lynda, Marie and Kat

Lynda, Marie and Kat

Marie and Dale 2.0

Marie and Dale 2.0

Lynda and Kat

Lynda and Kat

Dale 2.0 pretending to pull down supports holding up building.

Dale 2.0 pretending to pull down supports holding up building.

the hills ahead

the hills ahead

Dale next to rocks stacked by Pilgrims

Dale next to rocks stacked by Pilgrims

Kat, Lynda, Dale 2.0 & Marie just before San Bol

Kat, Lynda, Dale 2.0 & Marie just before San Bol

approaching San Bol Albergue. I REALLY wanted to stay here. Planned on it from home. Used to be a hippie stop over w no shower/power. It now has showers & electricity for a few hours each evening and morning.

approaching San Bol Albergue. I REALLY wanted to stay here. Planned on it from home. Used to be a hippie stop over w no shower/power. It now has showers & electricity for a few hours each evening and morning.

lunch time note the vino we're all drinking

lunch time note the vino we’re all drinking

Too early for Kat, Dale 2.0 and Marie to stop walking for the day so they go on and we'll catch up later.

Too early for Kat, Dale 2.0 and Marie to stop walking for the day so they go on and we’ll catch up later.

soaking pool and albergue

soaking pool and albergue

dining room

dining room

we had the attic to ourselves and then the Frenchman showed up. As we found out, sitting up suddenly can injure your head.

we had the attic to ourselves and then the Frenchman showed up. As we found out, sitting up suddenly can injure your head.

main sleeping area

main sleeping area

San Bol. If you have the chance stay.

San Bol. If you have the chance stay.

San Bol

San Bol

these boots are made for walking

these boots are made for walking

some Irish Pilgrims

some Irish Pilgrims

paella dinner

paella dinner

paella

paella

some pilgrims at dinner including the Frenchman

some pilgrims at dinner including the Frenchman

more pilgrims

more pilgrims

outlets are at a premium

outlets are at a premium

leaving San Bol - rained for ten minutes

leaving San Bol – rained for ten minutes

looks flat today

looks flat today

Nope, more hills

Nope, more hills

marker entering Hontanas

marker entering Hontanas

shell

shell

hostal sign

hostal sign

WALLS IN SPAIN DON'T LAST FOREVER!!! USUALLY ONLY 1000 YEARS!!!!

WALLS IN SPAIN DON’T LAST FOREVER!!! USUALLY ONLY 1000 YEARS!!!!

Pictures part 6 – Burgos

All of this posts pictures are in Burgos. Many are of the cathedral which is exceptionally beautiful. You can view a larger picture by clicking on them. Burgos is one of the most beautiful cities on the Camino.

spire of the Burgos cathedral behind the arched entrance to old Burgos

spire of the Burgos cathedral behind the arched entrance to old Burgos

Lynda & Kat approaching the arch

Lynda & Kat approaching the arch

Lynda & Dale nearing the arch

Lynda & Dale nearing the arch

the arch - magnificent!!

the arch – magnificent!!

the cathedral

the cathedral

Camino friends taking a break

Camino friends taking a break

line for the Casa de los Cubos  Albergue. 150 beds 5 euro. Very clean. Dale's stitches were taken out here. He did one, another gentleman did one and I took one out.

line for the Casa de los Cubos Albergue. 150 beds 5 euro. Very clean. Dale’s stitches were taken out here. He did one, another gentleman did one and I took one out.

statue of a pilgrim rubbing his feet

statue of a pilgrim rubbing his feet

exterior view of cathedral

exterior view of cathedral

narrow side street

narrow side street

Dale and the cathedral

Dale and the cathedral

my lunch

my lunch

Dales lunch

Dales lunch

Kat's lunch

Kat’s lunch

Monica catches up to us

Monica catches up to us

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a tour of Burgos on the "Choo Choo Tren" is only 4 euro

a tour of Burgos on the “Choo Choo Tren” is only 4 euro

city wall

city wall

2 pilgrim statues

Choo Choo Tren

Choo Choo Tren

river Arlanzon

river Arlanzon

Monica, Lynda and Kat

Monica, Lynda and Kat

marker

marker

These boots are made for walking!!

These boots are made for walking!!

our bunk

our bunk

nice shower

nice shower

another bocadillo!!!

another bocadillo!!!

Lynda and another PILGRIM!

Lynda and another PILGRIM!

Lynda and a police officer

Lynda and a police officer

we went to the Museum of Human Evolution

we went to the Museum of Human Evolution

quite often you can see hams hanging in storefront windows

quite often you can see hams hanging in storefront windows

Part 6 Pictures on the Camino

Belorado to San Juan de Ortega

Pool we didn't use at our albergue Cuatro Cantones in Belorado

Pool we didn’t use at our albergue Cuatro Cantones in Belorado

Emilio Estevez hand and shoe print in the street in Belorado

Emilio Estevez hand and shoe print in the street in Belorado

new friends at the albergue

new friends at the albergue

another new friend joins us

another new friend joins us

Wall mural in Belorado

Wall mural in Belorado

another outdoor mural

another outdoor mural

Albergue Cuatro Cantones

Albergue Cuatro Cantones

bridge over Rio Tiron

bridge over Rio Tiron

leaving Belorado

leaving Belorado

we ran into the Polish girls again

we ran into the Polish girls again

more sunflowers

more sunflowers

Near Tosantos look right and back to see the caves. Once occupied by hermits. Most famous is San Caprasio- Patron Saint of Via Francigena. Also has been used as shelter for pilgrims.

Near Tosantos look right and back to see the caves. Once occupied by hermits. Most famous is San Caprasio- Patron Saint of Via Francigena. Also has been used as shelter for pilgrims.

farther away than we could detour

farther away than we could detour

Ermita de la Pena near Tosantos

Ermita de la Pena near Tosantos

zoomed a bit

zoomed a bit

flat, dry and hot today

flat, dry and hot today

lonely poppy

lonely poppy

rolling hills - looks like Eastern Washington

rolling hills – looks like Eastern Washington

coming into Espinosa

coming into Espinosa

church if the Asuncion in Espinosa

church if the Asuncion in Espinosa

a welcome break

a welcome break

town  square

town square

more sunflowers

more sunflowers

more gentle hot hills

more gentle hot hills

not sure what this is but interesting

not sure what this is but interesting

peacock at our albergue at the Hotel & Albergue San Anton Abad in Montes de Oca

peacock at our albergue at the Hotel & Albergue San Anton Abad in Montes de Oca

church in Villafranca Montes de Oca

church in Villafranca Montes de Oca

Hotel San Anton Abad & Albergue

Hotel San Anton Abad & Albergue

Fellow pilgrims in the courtyard bar. (Monica in the background, we ate dinner with and ran into in Burgos).

Fellow pilgrims in the courtyard bar. (Monica in the background, we ate dinner with and ran into in Burgos).

Santiago church in Villafranca

Santiago church in Villafranca

church door

church door

side entrance to the hotel/albergue

side entrance to the hotel/albergue

gets hot quickly in the morning. The zip off pants are great.

gets hot quickly in the morning. The zip off pants are great.

gentle hills, no clouds, hot

gentle hills, no clouds, hot

shade of the trees cooled us down for a bit

shade of the trees cooled us down for a bit

picnic area but it's in the sun!

picnic area but it’s in the sun!

WATER! I need WATER!!

WATER! I need WATER!!

lots of heather along the Way

lots of heather along the Way

more sunflower fields Spain has got to be the Sunflower capital of the world

more sunflower fields
Spain has got to be the Sunflower capital of the world

coming into San Juan de Ortega

coming into San Juan de Ortega

Refreshing drinks after a hot day! This is Kat on the left. We have known her for twenty minutes. I had just realized we would not make it to the next ATM machine and had only 5 euros left after paying for the albergue. She gave us $50 euro and said pay it back at next town/ATM. Pilgrims are so giving and trusting.

Refreshing drinks after a hot day! This is Kat on the left. We have known her for twenty minutes. I had just realized we would not make it to the next ATM machine and had only 5 euros left after paying for the albergue. She gave us $50 euro and said pay it back at next town/ATM. Pilgrims are so giving and trusting.

San Juan de Ortega church & monastery

San Juan de Ortega church & monastery

interior of church

interior of church

church interior

church interior

church interior

church interior

We are so Mad/disappointed. We were told wait for 2nd shift for dinner at the only restaurant in town. Two hours later everything was gone and we ended up with dry bocadillos. We are getting tired of bocadillos.

We are so Mad/disappointed. We were told wait for 2nd shift for dinner at the only restaurant in town. Two hours later everything was gone and we ended up with dry bocadillos. We are getting tired of bocadillos.

The church just before sunrise

The church just before sunrise

morning temps are cool

morning temps are cool

breakfast - chocolate filled pastry and coca cola

breakfast – chocolate filled pastry and coca cola

Pictures Part 5

Aw MORE hills!

Aw MORE hills!

varied terrain

varied terrain

zoomed in pic of church we never got closer to

zoomed in pic of church we never got closer to

great cactus

great cactus

great square in front of Santa Maria church

great square in front of Santa Maria church

Dale's calamari bocadillo lunch

Dale’s calamari bocadillo lunch

Lynda's lunch of seafood paella and Sangria

Lynda’s lunch of seafood paella and Sangria

interior of Santa Maria

interior of Santa Maria

gorgeous ceiling

gorgeous ceiling

Santa Maria door

Santa Maria door

The arches

The arches

flat path but hot

flat path but hot

"Casa Mariela" our albergue for the night

“Casa Mariela” our albergue for the night

church Santo Sepulcro  in Torres Del Rio thought to be associated w Templar Knights

church Santo Sepulcro in Torres Del Rio thought to be associated w Templar Knights

backside

backside

late night pizza  (note the little cleaver for cutting the pizza)

late night pizza
(note the little cleaver for cutting the pizza)

No, they don't make paella with hay. (We thought so , too). It means "we have paella".

No, they don’t make paella with hay. (We thought so , too). It means “we have paella”.

early morning start

early morning start

early morning start

way marker

way marker

ruins amongst the vineyards

ruins amongst the vineyards

part of the Camino is on the road

part of the Camino is on the road

This must be where rose wine comes from

This must be where rose wine comes from tee hee

town of Viana coming up

town of Viana coming up

I love this picture

I love this picture

storks nest atop a church

storks nest atop a church

church in Viana

church in Viana

church in Viana

church in Viana

church entrance

church entrance

gorgeous

gorgeous

Izar, our albergue for the night

Izar, our albergue for the night

coffee and ham and cheese bocadillos

coffee and ham and cheese bocadillos

on the  outskirts of Logrono is a souvenir/refreshment stand. Dale bought a Camino cap and I got my granddaughter a bracelet and a shell necklace for myself.

on the outskirts of Logrono is a souvenir/refreshment stand. Dale bought a Camino cap and I got my granddaughter a bracelet and a shell necklace for myself.

path coming into Logrono

path coming into Logrono

Rio Ebro

Rio Ebro

Puente de Piedra bridge over the Ebro river

Puente de Piedra bridge over the Ebro river

street in Logrono

street in Logrono

mixta salad and a prawn tapa

mixta salad and a prawn tapa

ANOTHER BOCADILLO

ANOTHER BOCADILLO

Statue in the park

statue

statue

Logrono  street

Logrono street

another church

another church

view out our albergue window

view out our albergue window

church in Logrono

church in Logrono

the square at night

the square at night

statue at night

statue at night

night scene

night scene

Two brothers from Barcelona that were our bunk mates in the Logrono albergue.

Two brothers from Barcelona that were our bunk mates in the Logrono albergue.

breakfast

breakfast

Dale's face is healing but lots of scabs and discoloration

Dale’s face is healing but lots of scabs and discoloration

sight seeing or should I say sight sitting in Logrono

sight seeing or should I say sight sitting in Logrono

I love this statue

I love this statue

UMMM Sangria

UMMM Sangria

Pictures Part Four

We took a taxi after Dales accident to the next town - Villatuerta. This is our albergue. Casa Magica or Alvergue de Villatuerta. Highly recommended.

We took a taxi after Dales accident to the next town – Villatuerta. This is our albergue. Casa Magica or Alvergue de Villatuerta. Highly recommended.

entry to Casa Magica- a really good albergue

entry to Casa Magica- a really good albergue

reportedly in the old days - grapes were crushed on the rough stones on the floor for local wine

reportedly in the old days – grapes were crushed on the rough stones on the floor for local wine

Dale in shade on side street in Villatuerta. The wind and sun is really hurting the abrasions  on his face

Dale in shade on side street in Villatuerta. The wind and sun is really hurting the abrasions on his face

bridge in Villatuerta

bridge in Villatuerta

pretty hibiscus

pretty hibiscus

Being a Pilgrim is hard work

Being a Pilgrim is hard work

outdoor area at Casa Magica

outdoor area at Casa Magica

paella pan

paella pan

paella dinner at Casa Magica (would highly recommend) . Peggy arrived but is sleeping

paella dinner at Casa Magica (would highly recommend) . Peggy arrived but is sleeping

not much paella left

not much paella left

Our Scottish friends caught up with us at Casa Magica

Our Scottish friends caught up with us at Casa Magica

quite often there is an abandoned church in the middle of nowhere

quite often there is an abandoned church in the middle of nowhere

waterfont

waterfont

Santo Sepulcro church entering Estella

Santo Sepulcro church entering Estella

Façade of church with Santiago  and apostles

Façade of church with Santiago and apostles

Rio Ega in Estella

Rio Ega in Estella

San Andres Hotel in Estella. Peggy is staying here too.

San Andres Hotel in Estella. Peggy is staying here too.

Square in front of Hotel

Lunch- The small glass if coke was $1.80, the pinchos $1.70 each and the red wine was only 80 cents!!

Lunch- The small glass if coke was $1.80, the pinchos $1.70 each and the red wine was only 80 cents!!

Face starting to scab over on the abrasions

Face starting to scab over on the abrasions

The square in Estella

The square in Estella

street in Estella

still lots of swelling and scabbing over

still lots of swelling and scabbing over

another church in Estella

another church in Estella

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Drinks with Peggy. We over slept the next morning and she left before us so this is the last time we saw her

Drinks with Peggy. We over slept the next morning and she left before us so this is the last time we saw her

Dale and Lynda

Dale and Lynda

pizza and salad

pizza and salad

Our room in the San Andres Hotel

Our room in the San Andres Hotel

breakfast

breakfast

leaving Estella

leaving Estella

Camino sign

Camino sign

leaving Estella

leaving Estella

Bodegas Irache

Bodegas Irache

The Irache  vineyard has a fountain with two spouts. One is water the other red  wine. Both FREE

The Irache vineyard has a fountain with two spouts. One is water the other red wine. Both FREE

since it's only 9am, it's good the font is nearly empty

since it’s only 9am, it’s good the font is nearly empty

the Irache monastery I think

flat path for awhile

flat path for awhile

upcoming  mts

upcoming mts

zoomed view of "my"castle

zoomed view of “my”castle

my castle is on top of the far hill

my castle is on top of the far hill

the castle on top of the mt

the castle on top of the mt

zoomed view of the castle - more like fortress ruins

zoomed view of the castle – more like fortress ruins

digging potatoes

digging potatoes

quick refreshment in Azqueta

quick refreshment in Azqueta

getting closer

getting closer

gorgeous grapevines on home

gorgeous grapevines on home

another hour and it is 90+ degrees

another hour and it is 90+ degrees

coming into Villamayor de Monjardin

coming into Villamayor de Monjardin

After arriving in Monjardin, I decided I wanted to go to the castle but Dale did not want a further hike. It was over 90 degrees and several kilometers UP. I HAD to go.

After arriving in Monjardin, I decided I wanted to go to the castle but Dale did not want a further hike. It was over 90 degrees and several kilometers UP. I HAD to go.

made it

made it

the view down

the view down

The Key to the Castle- If I were in charge of the key it would be a really big old fashion key.

The Key to the Castle- If I were in charge of the key it would be a really big old fashion key.

side another view

the bell I rang at Castillo de San Esteban (the Castle)

the bell I rang at Castillo de San Esteban (the Castle)

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view

view

castle

castle

castle wall

castle wall

Castle of Monjardin

Castle of Monjardin

view of Monjardin below

view of Monjardin below

more ruins

more ruins

more ruins

more ruins

castle gate

castle gate

bust of Sancho Garcos I (bust) & church

bust of Sancho Garcos I (bust) & church

interior of church

interior of church

church in Monjardin

church in Monjardin

Hostel Hogar de Monjardin run by Dutch volunteers

Hostel Hogar de Monjardin run by Dutch volunteers

fellow pilgrims at dinner

fellow pilgrims at dinner

my bunk

my bunk

breakfast at the albergue. Better than mostbreakfasts. Usually no meat, cheese or juice

breakfast at the albergue. Better than mostbreakfasts. Usually no meat, cheese or juice

Monjardin church at dawn

Monjardin church at dawn

bogega

bogega

uphill in sun

uphill in sun

still another hill

still another hill

Sheep

Sheep

They're coming!

They’re coming!

Had to move off path for sheep

Had to move off path for sheep

Villartuerta to just passed Monjardin