When one walks 6-8 hours per day, keeping up one’s energy can be challenging. One of the important daily preparation is to ensure one has enough snacks and water. Fortunately on the Camino Frances (the most populated Camino) there are so many cafes, stores and restaurants to provide us with food and drinks.
I always had with me the following snack items – chocolate, olives (for salt and minerals), fruit, some form of nuts and protein. In Astorga I visited the chocolate museum but it was closed for renovations, but I did manage to find some authentic Astorga chocolate; one of my guilty pleasures!
There are times where the number of pilgrims in one small village outnumber the available beds. Many smaller villages or towns open school gyms and provide small cots as a spill over shelter. I was fortunate that I never had to experience the “gym albergue”.
I wonder just what how loud the night time must be with dozens and dozens of snoring pilgrims in an acoustically challenged building!
The cathedrals and churches in Spain are amazing architectural treasures. No other word came to mind but “grandiose” when I first walked into this particular cathedral.
The shere size of these cathedrals is something I had never seen beforehand. I would try to spend as much time as possible, mostly after my daily walk, and visit these majestic buildings.
Grapes! These are the biggest grapes I have ever seen! These were the at center of a roundabout in one of the Basque cities.
All my Camino journeys were done during the months of May-July, therefore the vines only had wee grapes (if any) when I walked through the vineyards. I traded cherries and poppies for grapes – – perhaps one day I will be able to experience the harvesting of grapes in Spain.
Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!