The long morning walk with no more than a few moments’ break really tired me. I had planned to stop after I arrived at the cathedral, but as I walked past a bakery, the wonderful odor of their goods pulled me inside. I had my choice of many wonderful-looking pastries; I easily could have selected a dozen, but I only picked two. I sat at the sidewalk patio next to a table occupied by two young Spanish women and a man. One woman looked at me as if to say, “Why do you bother walking? You know, there are planes, trains, and automobiles.” Or maybe it was, “You’re one grubby-looking pilgrim!” Anyway, I smiled and kept to myself… From Page 193, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, I smiled as I stuffed my face with delicious Spanish pastries.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago just before arriving to the city limits of Santiago de Compostela, the capitol of Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Marcos and Monte do Gozo, I visited the monument at Monte do Gozo in the late afternoon on my summer Camino del Norte and late morning on my spring Camino Francés. From Monte do Gozo, we had our first looks at the city of Santiago de Compostela. As I mentioned, while the area around the monument was very busy with pilgrims and tourists, the Camino leading down the hill was relatively quiet. That’s because many pilgrims stopped at the sprawling albergue and hotel complex, at least to check-in and leave their backpacks. On both of my Caminos, I intended to stay much closer to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
This is from my Camino Francés showing the route the Camino takes toward the old city of Santiago de Compostela. Let’s finished our descent of Monte do Gozo.
From my Camino del Norte, the quiet sidewalk in the late afternoon.
Welcome to the city of Santiago de Compostela.
An impressive monument awaits at the Praza da Concordia. Let’s take a closer look…
A statue of El Templario Peregrino or the Peregrine Templar represents a Templar in armor.
I’m not sure what this is supposed to represent. Let’s just call it Dancing Star. I think it’s cute.
Back to the quiet sidewalk during my Camino del Norte. I don’t remember seeing another pilgrim all the way to the edge of the old city in the late afternoon, but on my Camino Francés, there were many of us at midday. From this point, it’s still about a three kilometer walk to the cathedral.
A multilingual pizzeria.
The Parroquia de San Lázaro looked brillant against the blue summer sky. A church has been on this site since the 12th century.
Let’s keep walking…
The Camino enters an area with many businesses including shops and cafés. Of course, there is also the delicious bakery where I stopped. I wish I had taken a photo of the pastries but if you’re walking by, you can’t miss the odor.
Well, this looks interesting. Let’s take a closer look…
Okay, even if the water was safe to drink, I think I would go elsewhere. Seriously, I would be interested in knowing who or what this fountain represents. As opposed to Dancing Star, I don’t think this is cute.
Whether you’re walking the Camino Francés or the Camino del Norte, Dia is one of the smaller supermarkets that you will find along the way. Others include Mercadona and Eroski, which also has a very informative online Camino guide.
And now, I have stepped into the old city of Santiago de Compostela. These bronze waymarks show the way to the cathedral. I’ll stop here for now.
On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Santiago de Compostela Spain, The Old City, I’ll take you through the narrow streets of the old city of Santiago de Compostela. Please join me as I take you closer to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
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