Enchanted forest is what I called this section of the Camino. We walked early in the morning and the mist was just slowly rising and burning off by the rays of the sun.
The trees covered in moss and ivy were plenty along the path. standing tall and looking like woodland protectors. Simply beautiful!
An ermita is a small church or chapel. Some of those structures could only hold a dozen or so people and even though they are small, some have works of art painted directly on their ceilings or walls. I had never seen anything quite like those before.
This escalator of sorts is one of the many found is the Basque Autonomous Community Capital city of Vitoria. I had not seen this type of rolling walkway (guess escalator implies stairs). Regardless of what you call it, it certainly helped those who are mobility challenged, ike us pilgrims after a very long day of walking.
Vitoria does have some good sized hills in it’s core and these apparatus are frequently used.
One of our early morning walks (after the Cruz de Ferro) lead us through large bushes of Eucalyptus and Lavender plants. On that day, the day was hot and humid, and as our packs brushed the bushes their soothing fragrance made me feel as if I was at a spa. It was such a sensory experience, and I slowed down my pace to truly take in the mystical surroundings.
I didn’t encounter anything quite the same after that one experience – Must have been a one-of-a-kind gift from nature!
Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!