A beautiful, medieval bridge with four arches spanned the Río Furelos. I wasn’t expecting such a large bridge or an attractive setting. Old, stone houses with red tiled roofs adorned the riverbank, with the tower of the church in the background. A German woman took my photo in front of the bridge but declined abruptly when I asked if she wanted one with her male companion. They were jabbering at each other, and I felt bad for interrupting them… From Page 186, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. In such a pleasant setting, it was a little odd to see two pilgrims arguing. Believe me, they weren’t the first couple I saw having a little tiff on the Camino. After about a month walking with each other, I guess it’s to be expected.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago near Furelos, 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).
I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Palas de Rei to Furelos, walking along the parkway with monuments and dedications on the left. I remember being in a good mood, immersed in solitude, and probably having crazy thoughts about writing a book, when, I heard some shouting from behind. I just pulled my camera out in time to take these photos of the horses and riders. The first two went by at a full gallop and I had to jump to the side to let them by.
I didn’t see horses with riders often on the Camino. Did you know I saw a donkey and rider twice on the Camino Del Norte? I actually felt sorry for the donkey.
A Gothic cross against a bright blue sky just before heading back into the trees.
At the 52.5 kilometer bollard and overlooking the village of Furelos.
This was the attractive setting with the ancient bridge over the Río Furelos.
I always was excited to walk over these ancient bridges, not knowing exactly what was on the other side.
The Iglesia de San Juan dates to the 13th century but was rebuilt recently.
Walking through downtown Furelos. This was a typical scene through many of these villages. I remember having to wait for the tractor and load of manure to pass.
After a short climb from Furelos, the Camino followed this road through overgrown farmland. The town of Melide is just ahead.
The Iglesia de San Pedro. I thought the palm trees outside were a nice touch, and was evident how the landscape and climate had changed over the past few days. On the left, there is an ancient cruceiro. Sadly, my photo wasn’t clear. Overall, Melide was far more modern than I had expected.
The 14th century Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus was the first church that was opened in days. I was excited to enter. Let’s go inside…
The Baroque retablo was very nice, but I stayed in the back, careful not to disturb anybody.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop at the Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus in Melide. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Melide to Ribadiso, I’ll meet another friend, a cute horse, as I tired, and sometimes struggled, with my climb to another alto (and another alto after that). Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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