AC Hotel Ponferrada by Marriott
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A liesurely start this morning with breakfast at the hotel after which we made our way to the bus station. We were able to catch a slightly earlier bus and enjoyed a one hour ride into Poderrata. A 20 minute walk found us at our hotel, almost right opposite a Knights Templar castle from the medieval ages. Of course we have spent time looking at the well preserved castle but not before a cup of coffee in the plaza.
We had previously seen two ladies riding ...
... town, a few bars, restaurants and of course the church. If it wasn't for the camino I doubt that many would come here. Good wine and tapas followed but already that wasn't enough as we'd had little through the day so a plate of fish for Laura and steak for me helped us settle into bed for the night. This was at 9:30pm??? I'm sure I'll appreciate the rest when we start walking tomorrow at 6am ...
... church - when I get the internet I will look up what the name is. But certainly something I have never experienced in Australia.
All in all, while I am looking forward to settling in one place for longer than a night or two, I am still sad that the Camino is finished. The ending was a little bit of an anticlimax, and it wasn't until the afternoon on our final day that Elvis and I looked at one another and really realised what we had accomplished. Experiencing this together ...
... bit iconic as I had seen pictures of this "cross of iron" many times and knew we would eventually see it ourselves. Of course a big part of this place is the placing of a stone, which I commented on in yesterdays blog. Cruz de Ferro is also the highest point on the Camino and the views, as I said, are really beautiful. From that point, the area drops and plateaus slightly and then rises a little a further 13 kms on. After that point we descend again very ...
... but has a great sense of presence. At Murias de Rechivaldo, we stop for a rest break and a coffee at a small place run by a woman who has a great range of vegetarian, vegan and organic food. This has been the first of its kind that we have found along the Camino in either small town or City. The woman is absolutely delightful and obviously provides this service with a great deal of love for good healthy food. I take some with me in my backpack to have ...