Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
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Travel Blogs from Villafranca del Bierzo
Left Cacabelos at 0800. Walked 2 km to Pieros. Wonderful cafe for toast and tea. The music was inspiring to walk to. Took the longer scenic route which was through the vineyards. I just can't capture the beauty and scents in words. It is tough walking with the up and downs of the hills. I am a true prairie girl. We took a slow pace to enjoy the …
We left camp by 6:20 and ate a granola bar on the way. We headed to Ponferrada. By 8, we were drinking cafe next to the castle. It was a warm morning about 21degrees (66 or so). We had wifi and caught up on some connections. We saw Matthew, Toni, Leo and lots of new faces and plenty of towns along the way. They each have their unique or special qualities (the people and the towns). We saw a man outside his home who was hand carving spoons and spatulas. We watched for a while. ...
... and then found a gorgeous browny one.
Figured on getting to the top in 5 to 6 hours and did it in under four with coffee and drink stops. The horses passed us just near the top. Coming through one of the lower villages earlier this morning there was a sign to hire the horses for a ride to the top. If I could have done a half ride I would have done it for a different Camino experience but I wanted to walk the mountain and I didn't want ...
Today we did the 17 km walk up to O Cebreiro that I had been stressing about for almost a year - and of course it was just fine! It is a big ascent - about 800 metres, but it is so beautiful that you just stop and look around, admire, walk some more....and by now our legs and feet are much tougher, as is our stamina - I was much more worried about it a year ago than I was yesterday! And I don't like to harp, or tempt ...
... meal. We were all headed straight for a food coma and decided we should get to bed early, since we were going to have an early start tomorrow. However, the hospitalero had different plans and was trying his best to get us to come to dinner. We explained in Spanglish that we had already eaten and were very tired from today, as it was a very hot day. We stated we were going to bed now and he looked at his watch with a puzzled look. ...
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