It was cool and overcast but had a distinctive Sunday feel to it. Very little traffic and the path crisscrossed the highways a number of times. In between, walked through oak forests in autumn colors, on patches of Roman road and through five quaint little villages. The terrain and soil has changed dramatically, so too has the architecture of the houses in the villages, everything is made of stone and even the roofs are slated. The path, bordering walls and houses are all made from gray rock, certainly a change from the red or white stone earlier on in the Camino.
I caught up with Hannes at the second village where we had a coffee in a Bar full of friendly locals and a vivacious woman bartender. We then walked the rest of the way together chatting which made the time go pleasantly.
Wishing everyone a happy Sunday.
Hannes and myself
Saturday morning, sunrise
First light on the path
The two Caminos we are on presently
Church in Mombuey
Little church in Mombuey, priest up in the sanctuary saying his brievery.
The “hidden Madonna and Child” 13C Romanesque
New terrain and color
Where stayed last night
Crucifix in the Church from the same period.
Unique tower that was originally not part of the Church and no one really knows its purpose, contains many strange symbols, some pagan.
This morning’s walk
The Bar tender at morning coffee
A kind gesture in one of the villages offering apples to the pilgrims
Arriving in Puebla de Sanabria
Castle and town from where I am staying
No energy to explore the town just yet, a few hundred stairs.
Church in one of the 5 villages
Nature and humanity in tandem
Everything made of stone, artistically laid