Hotel Temple Ponferrada
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... One rock that reminded my of the pink terrazzo stone used so often on staircases in San Francisco. This was a remembrance stone for me, remembering all the people, family and friends who have passed away. The second stone was a flat piece of granite. I have made many choices in my life that have brought a blend of joys and pains and have wondered often if the resulting pain could have or should have been been avoided. So although it is like my nature to ...
... s. As we exited Riego, the Camino became, according to our guidebook "a picturesque dirt footpath leading into Molinaseca". Well, not only is the Camino an "Indian giver" but "picturesque" was the last word we would use to describe the next overwhelming 4 miles. The terrain and descent was similar to yesterday, but instead of lasting for about a mile, it continued with only short periods of relief for nearly 4. The best paths we had were dirt with loose shale and medium ...
... to say the least, that we could not prove the validity of our guidebook.
The countryside was incredible. We are back in the mountains with the rolling Galicia mountains looming around us. This is viticulture country. Once again, we are walking between fields of vineyards. The red rocky soil is again home to vineyards that produce white grapes for the white wines of this area. This area is also famous for it's cherry trees that have ...
... iron cross on top. The significance of this point is that it has been an ancient monument since the time of the Celts and also the Romans. It has been a Christian site since the 9th century and pilgrims have been visiting this site since that time. There is a pilgrim tradition to leave a stone here, perhaps one from home or from other travels. This stone represents your burdens and you leave the stone on the hilltop along with those burdens. ...
... old! So, I decided to pretend I was 10 again. While I didn't hop, skip, and jump over the rocks, I could certainly remember Craig, Tonya, Karen, and I would have done it just way.
We stopped for a late breakfast, early lunch in Molenesca at 10:30. This was the prettiest little town. Ancient and new, totally refurbished, it almost could have been part of Disney's Epcot Center. We stopped at the first cafe over the picturesque stone bridge because ...