Along the Way to Astorga

Life is good when the cafe con leche is hot and beautifully presented.

The mornings have been fall-like and chilly, making us feel much more comfortable and energized. Most mornings we leave at six thirty while it is still dark and the stars are bright. With Orion’s belt over our left shoulders, we find the right path easily and walk a couple of hours until we can stop for some breakfast and coffee. By the time we’ve walked six or more hours, we have finished the stage of our trip for the day and check in at an albergue. The fee? Usually between five and ten Euros. We feel like authentic peregrinas.

Here are some of the highlights of the past few days.

Virgen del Camino, statues of the important figures from the Bible
Stork nests on the bell tower
The bridge at Hospital de Orbigo – originally built in Roman times, rebuilt over the centuries
At the foot of the Hospital de Orbigo bridge
I gave this busker a Euro. He asked Judi, “Do you have any American dollars for me for a souvenir?”
Statue of a peregrino drinking from a gourd
Mural on the side of building in Astorga
Iglesia de Santa Marta in Astorga

3 thoughts on “Along the Way to Astorga”

  1. Hi Judi and Barb,
    I went out today and bought a copy of Brierley’s guide to the Camino. So now I’m following your posts with the guidebook that you are using, my journal from 2002, and the guidebook I used. The pictures from this post bring back memories. I personally hope you get to experience the quemada at the Ave Fenix refugio in Villafrance del Bierzo. I found many pilgrims were worried about the hike to O Cebreiro. I don’t think you two have to worry. You are real peregrinas. I found O Cebreiro one very cool place, an ancient Celtic village with unique architecture and legends. Looking forward to whatever photos you post.
    I check your website at least once a day. Thanks for all the updates, Jack

  2. Oh, Barbara I love seeing you with your new singing partner! Shall we call you Barb and the Busker? You must be having the most amazing time. Your photos are lovely. Safe travels.

  3. Your pictures and text really are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us. Safe travels.

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