Just kidding around…

The joys of walking on ancient forest tracks used by pilgrims and farming communities for over 1,000 years draws us ever onward despite the promise of a shower.  Wild flowers have begun to bloom making our journey even more colourful.  Occasionally a tractor crosses our path or we walk over yet another ‘Roman bridge’.

Hard to decide which Roman bridge we like best!

Hard to decide which Roman bridge we like best!

Just kidding around on the Camino Portugues

Just kidding around on the Camino Portugues

The people you meet along The Way

The people you meet along The Way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a focus on flexibility – our daily target is to get from point A to point B!  There’s plenty of entertaining chatter for those who want it.  Without planning everyone takes a turn leading our group along the Way.

Today's leader of the Travel Enriched pack!

Today’s leader of the Travel Enriched pack!

As the days begin to merge into each other we encounter people from many other parts of the world.  Like us they are enjoying the opportunity to escape for a while from their busy lives and experience just being in this wonderful environment.

Half way through our journey we arrive at the Portuguese-Spanish border. In centuries past warring between these two countries was not uncommon.  We see evidence of this as we wander through the ruins of the fortress in Valenca beside the Rio Minho.  The abandoned canons still have neighbouring Tui in their sights.

 

 

Tui is even more atmospheric in the mist

Tui is even more atmospheric in the mist

Evidence of turbulent times n the Portuguese - Spanish border

Evidence of turbulent times n the Portuguese – Spanish border

Next day we have a break from long distance walking.  Instead we take a day trip with Guillermo and Maria from the recently founded Galician tour company, GR&R.  Our guides, former academics, are victims of the European Economic Crisis.  Their in depth knowledge of local history and culture is invaluable.  We visit the interesting archeological site of Campo Lampeiro and have lunch at Combarro a traditional fishing village where the horreos (which store the grain) are built next to the sea.

Learning about 3,000 year old petroglyphs at Campo Lameiro, Galicia

Learning about 3,000 year old petroglyphs at Campo Lameiro, Galicia

Seaside horreos in the pretty fishing village of Combarro

Seaside horreos in the pretty fishing village of Combarro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fantastic day trip with the Galician tour operator GR&R

A fantastic day trip with the Galician tour operator GR&R

And now we are on the homeward stretch to Santiago. If all goes to plan we will be there in just three more days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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