San Francisco Hotel Monumento
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... a perfectly exultant conclusion to our little journey. Thankyou for reading these stories and reflections and to my sisters for being such fine companions through it all. Three cheers forBernadette on the epic tramp across the top of Spain that would have been 600km if not for those two taxi rides (her words not mine) and thanks also to her for the more diligent and detailed accounts that allowed me to record some other nonsense along the way. Adios and we will see you in Sydney soon ...
... my expectations. The mass was dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. San
Antonio lived a life similar to St. Francis of Assissi giving up worldly possessions to spread the word of Christ.
The culmination of the mass was when the Botafumeiro (a thurible or giant swinging metal container where incense is burned). The thurible is suspended from the dome of the cathedral with a pulley mechanism. It takes 8 red robed tiraboleiros (men) to pull the ropes. ...
... from the sky. Found brekky about the 4km mark, woofed down and out the door to see quite a traffic jam of pilgrims. Really picked up in the last few days. Doing our usual pace we left them far behind fairly quickly. No 2nd coffee stop this morning - simply charging for the finish line - except of course the compulsory bathroom stop and you can't use those unless you purchase something so Hamish squaffs down an espresso, Hedley a coke and I grabbed ...
... this was very quickly and innovatively addressed through a variety of water bottles, empty yoghurt cartons (adding a delightful strawberry nose to the wine as noted by John!) canister caps and even a shell - the symbol of a pilgrim and also a handy drinking vessel as it turns out - albeit minimal! A further few pilgrims were enticed to join us before the wine and snacks were exhausted and the clouds rolling across the sun dropped the temperature to the point where we ...
... and each would have been worth a fortune. There was another room full of priests robes, some as old as 300 years. In another room were massive tapestries hanging from the walls, some still full of vibrant colour. We also got to walk out into the Cloister (large rectangular courtyard) which is hidden from the main plaza and only accessible from the museum. It afforded great views of the Cathedral and had some of the old tower bells on display. ...