Saturday, October 2, 2010

Camino Photos, Stages 11 through 14


Monday, September 6, STAGE 11
Belorado to San Juan de Ortega


Winners find a way to play


The Camino is scenic


A Memorial to 300 people executed
by Franco's troops at this spot at
the start of the Spanish Civil War

San Juan de Ortega was a very small village with only an interesting church, an old monastery that served as our albergue and two great internet computers.


I don't think hitting the lion
is a good idea Father


I hate angels who are cheap shot artists


Gene Simmons as a snake?


Our monastery turned albergue


A list of how many peregrinos earned
Compostelas each year since 1970

The big spikes are Holy Years that are listed in black. 2010 is a Holy Year, i.e., a year when the feast day of Santiago lands on a Sunday.


I liked the old monastery's tile roof

Tuesday, September 7, STAGE 12
San Juan de Ortega to Burgos


Another random church on the Camino


Rocky Road is not just a flavor for ice cream

España is the rock capital of the planet I'm sure.


The cross at Alto Cruciero


Basically it says enjoy the view


The beginnings of the dreaded meseta


Typical Spanish construction techniques


I think Burgos may be my kind of town


The Burgos Cathedral is one of the
best in all of Europe in my opinion


Commie Bastrads Yet Again!


Peregrinos, TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET!


I love gargoyles!


The Cathedral's Main Entrance


I like murals too


That tree is growing out of his stomach!


Dome ceilings are of interest to me too


El Cid's burial chamber is
inside the Cathedral


El Cid himself


I tried to see if they would let us ride this
contraption into Santiago de Compostela

No.


Even the Cathedral's floor was noteworthy


More dome ceiling magic


These two citizens of Burgos provided the
funding for the building of the Cathedral


Incredible artwork abounds in the Cathedral


Even more dome ceiling artwork


Part of the Cathedral's
ornate outdoor hallway


A line of exquisite gold chalices


Santiago Matamoros

Is this PC? Nice clam shell Santiago.


Burgos' colorful main plaza


It was raining


Peaceful


Cafe con Leche solves most problems


El Cid was a great movie too


In Burgos, it is all about the headgear!


Rain means rainbows


Hey, that's our family name!


Burgos' famous Morcilla blood sausage


The Morcilla was quite good actually


Ste. Jillian led the Camino in the
consumption of vegetarian sandwiches

With a caña of course.


If only they had this T-shirt in
real men's sizes

Wednesday, September 8, STAGE 13
Burgos to Hornillos del Camino


If he gets lost on the meseta today, the rescue
helicopters should have no trouble
spotting him


The Burgos Cathedral at day break


A strange fountain indeed


Portable Butcher Shop

In the Meseta's small towns, services like this one drive to the customers.


The church in Hornillos del Camino


A little Holy Water would be a nice touch


A powerful church column


The Soup Franco of Hornillos del Camino

NO PHOTOS!!!

Thursday, September 9, STAGE 14
Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz


More meseta magic


Another cross means more troubles unloaded and/or memories honored through the placement of a rock


Casting a long shadow in the
morning meseta Sun


Did I mention that I like bell towers?


New meets old


Monastery Ruins


The San Anton Albergue still thrives
amidst the monastery's ruins

But not for me, follow the arrow.


The village of Castrojeriz
Population 1,000


Is that Santa Claus in the chimney?


Oakland Raider fans in Castrojeriz?


Our Albergue in Castrojeriz


Oh!


Don Amancio Yaqüez
Dispenser of Camino Wisdom

He runs a great store next to the albergue with everything that a peregrino could possibly need.

I bought a sleeping bag liner and new batteries for my flashlight from him.


Rush Hour in the Castrojeriz Supermercado

They were playing The Doors long version of "Light My Fire!"


Paco runs our albergue

A great and very funny fellow indeed.


Did I mention that Ste. Julie is very
proud of her French Canadian heritage?


A tribute to Camino foot blisters I believe


Cool Camino Map Mural


I like heraldry too


All three Camino icons at one sighting,
a rarity


How did they do this back in the day?


Church Tapestry in Castrojeriz


We have our own street!


Saints at Play

The Saints loved playing a card game before dinner where the goal is to win and become the Pope for the next game.


Do we have enough time?


Always end the day with another great peregrino meal

I love my Camino family!

2 comments:

David said...

A card game to decide who's Pope? So that's how the Catholic Church does it!

George said...

You didn't know?