Nestor, our trusty donkey lead (we called ourselves Team Nestor) brought joy to so many around him. He was by far, the most photographed of us all. He had a friendly disposition and seemed comfortable around people at all times. This particular picture always makes me smile – I call it “Happy Encounter” because Nestor had a way to put a smile on everyone’s face. This was taken on our way up up up to O’Cebreiro, and the woman in the window was making some sort of soup that smelled heavenly! Nestor approached the window and she burst out laughing and reached on the counter to grab a carrot to give to Nestor. It was really a joyous encounter!
One of the things I admired the most about the hundreds of statues in the churches and cathedrals, was the care with which details were kept during the creation of these statues. In particular, the hands. I seemed to have been drawn to the hands, most very delicately reproduced to look very real.
I was quite amazed that many of the statues, albeit of at least 500 years since their inception, were well kept. Considering the art work is in the open (not behind glass panels as we often see in museums) I actually could get very close and even admire the brush strokes of the artist. What an amazing experience.
The path of the Camino was often close to the roads, but far enough to provide for some unique views of the horizon.
At times we were several feet lower than the main roadway as in this particular picture, offering us an interesting sight. Of course, any time I would find poppies, was an opportunity for a photograph.
Many pilgrims I met were unaware that the Camino could be done on horseback. Many who met Nestor the donkey wanted to know if any of us rode Nestor – Nestor was a walking companion, not a ways to aleviate the weight of our backpacks. In fact, Nestor carried the tenting equipment, his food and care package and sometimes, the lunch bag. We all carried out own packs. We did encounter several pilgrims doing their Camino on horseback which poses the same challenges as having a donkey – finding adequate grassy areas for the animals.
I spied on a dove (or pigeon, not sure) settling in its humble abode for the night. Birds were in abundance during the spring and along with the traditional ones I see often at home, I discovered the beauty of storks!
I have photos of storks in future entries, but suffice to say I never got tired of seeing nature be it flowers, plants, trees and critters along the way.
Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!