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Camino Photo of the Day: Welcome to Astorga!

The sign and the entrance to the city may not look like much, but Astorga is one of my favourite Camino towns. It has a number of beautiful churches, including a wonderful Gothic(ish) cathedral. There are museums dedicated to chocolate,…

Camino Photo of the Day: the Ugliest Church in Spain?

They left up part of the original church. It serves as the bell tower for a 20th-century meeting hall-style building that wouldn’t be out of place anywhere in suburban Protestant America. It’s positively disjointed and hideous. Why, oh why would…

Camino Photo of the Day: Thirsty Pilgrim

There is some great public art on the Camino. This larger-than-life pilgrim stands on the Camino route as it descends into the valley of the Río Tuerto and the village of San Justo de la Vega and the city of…

Camino Photo of the Day: Descent into Astorga

The Camino drops into Astorga following a relatively steep paved road. Great for bicycles, not so much for those on foot. Still, they have thoughtfully provided benches every so often. In the foreground, you can see the village of San…

Camino Photo of the Day: the Way is Clear

So after several hours of mucking about, we come to a broad, dry path, for which we are extremely grateful. Someone has thoughtfully marked out for us the way to continue. Date: 20 April 2016 Place: Approaching San Justo de…

Camino Photo of the Day: the Surface of Mars

After a brief respite, and what should have been our third and final warning, we came to this. Miles and miles of this. The surface of Mars. The clay stuck to the bottom of our shoes in layers that we…

Camino Photo of the Day: a Smoother Way

After we’d made it past the initial morass, the Way was clear for some time. It wouldn’t last. But for now, proper drainage for the win! You can already see the final omen, though, in the tire tracks of an…

Camino Photo of the Day: Second Warning

Ten minutes past our first warning, we came to a stretch of red clay mud that covered the Way from side to side for a length of maybe a dozen yards. It was slow, sticky going. Still, we were undeterred:…

Camino Photo of the Day: Unheeded Warning

With the villages of Villares de Órbigo and Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias firmly behind us, we head back out into the rural countryside. This rolling landscape is dominated by a red clay soil. Less than twenty minutes out, we passed this…