I set out just before 8.00 this morning, the temperature was 43°F and said to fall to 38° F at sunrise. I stepped out into a fog or mist I thought was only localized in the low-lying village, but climbing above the village the mist persisted. At sunrise there was an feeble attempt by the sun to breakthrough but it failed and the remainder of the walk was in and out of the fog/mist with the temperature remaining at low to mid 40°F.
It was a pity as this is one of the most beautiful legs of the journey, crossing over the lake and even walking alongside it for a while, unfortunately I saw very little. The 18 km to the first village seemed long because of it being so cold and it was with great joy, suddenly, the mist lifted to reveal the outskirts of the village of Faramontanos de Tábara. I found the coffee bar I had stopped at with Jesus and Jose in 2014, full of memories. Four years ago the three of us sat outside in the sun, this morning I was very happy to sit in the bar sipping coffee and having tostada and marmalada.
The huge church at the center of the village has been turned into a museum of monastic life featuring manuscripts preserved from the Monastery of San Salvador which was here in the 9C. All that exists is the scriptorium 12C which became a church and now a museum, the books are from the 10C, unbelievably detailed.
A pleasant day full of memories, surprises moving in and out of mystery of light and mist.
The village shrouded in fog
Sunrise trying to happen
True what they say
True what they say, coldest just before sunrise.
Looked like victory but no go
Crossing the lake
Crossing the lake, beautiful in sunlight, had its own beauty this morning.
Mist on the lake
Mistbow, reminded me of early on on the Camino.
Is there also a lot of gold?
Back it comes
In and out of mist
Road seemed to go on forever
Smell the coffee
Suddenly the mist cleared and there was the village, could almost smell the coffee.
A number of these strange structures at the entrance to the village, I remember them now as common in this region.
The coffee bar
The Bar from 4 years ago, many memories.
Post coffee road
At first I though I was hallucinating and it was a lion.
Just a friendly sheep dog
Light and shadow
Why this is thought to be one of the most attractive legs.
There is a uniqueness to this area
Tabara in the distance
A new experience!
Monastery of San Salvador
The scriptorium of the 9C Monastery of San Salvador, renovated in 12C.
Written here in the 10C.
This was painted 10c, the detail and craftsmanship ship is fantastic
Even the facial expressions
One of the books actually has a painting of the steeple and scriptorium how it looked in 9C
Woman from Revelation
Detail of the Woman from Revelation, Mary, giving birth, moon at her feet and serpent ready to devour her child.
There she is again. A wonderful discovery and experience today, in fact, two days in a row.
The only thing I could find in English.