AC Hotel Ponferrada by Marriott
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Today's blog goes in English.....
Although every day is important, significant and kind of magical along the Camino, today was a special one, emotionally and visually. Here's why;
As usual I started my day having breakfast with unknowns, this time a Canadian couple. While I was having breakfast they had already been on the road for an hour and a half. :) They were under no time constraints, they have taken 2 1/2 months off their regular ...
... 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 ...
... to get through the drink. I must say it smelt like death but tasted a bit like Tia Maria, just a lot more potent. Anyway, I went and paid for the dinner and they refused my tip. I mean, tried twice and he pushed the money back to me both times. So, this morning we come downstairs for breakfast (hot chocolate and croissant). While we're eating, the host brings out two glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice. I mean, real oranges juiced in this nifty ...
... 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 ...
... Jock crew all sharing a brew and conversations covering a multitude of topics, including a romance from a previous Camino. There is always an interesting story on the Camino, you just have to learn to listen.
Sadly the dinner joint we chose was inappropriate so we had to go back to the afternoon bar again, what a shame. This was an excellent choice as the food was excellent and the company was superb, ...