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... of Madrid in a strange manual car. Well, we made it to Burgos in fine time and found our hotel. There was no place to park in front of the hotel, so I hopped out and announced our arrival to Reception. The Front Desk clerk suggested we park in the parkade (the entrance being a few meters behind where we were stopped) the check in. After reversing the car on a busy street we entered the parkade. It was a nightmare navigating the corners of the entrance ramp (I was sure ...
... be greeted by "Sue, Sue, Sue....."
All in all, another 20 mile day that we thought would be less than 18. Oh well, I think we are starting to get used to this.
You can always tell who the pilgrims are when you arrive in town by the typical tan above the sock line, the flip flops and the sometimes limping gait.
Buen Camino -
We have our route posted with Sparky.
... to walk around the church and really soak in the
immensity of it. The priest (and a few of the locals) sang certain parts
of the mass and the sound in this great, grand place was
extraordinary; full, rich and layered. We felt very priveledged
to be almost alone to just take it in.
We then followed our noses downhill about 100m to the place where the whole
town had gathered for the Fiesta. Men were ...
We took a slow, evening stroll through town ... stopping to watch families on the streets. All day long we see only seniors tending to grandchildren, but at the end of the day, school children and parents emerge ... as do toys, and dogs, and soccer balls.
We went to the Burgos cathedral ... an immense, really immense, structure. The cathedral was founded in 1221 at a time when the city was the commercial centre ...
... people turn up to let you in. Anyway things worked out ok as he must have eventually got through and after 10 frustrating minutes of trying to find the obscure, European, alcove entrance, someone found me in the street and asked if I was Peetor.
All good though and I am sitting penning this blog and watching Murray do battle with Nadal. So what did I see today? The 13th Century Ermita de San Nicholas is now operating as an Albergue although the original part of the ...