The Camino followed a gravel and dirt path with small plots of crops among stands of trees. An ancient chestnut tree, similar to the one before Triacastela, had a sign in front asking for it not to be mistreated. I can proudly admit that along the entire Camino, I did not mistreat a tree or any other vegetation. Maybe some blades of grass or a small shrub when I had to take a pee, but I’m sure everything lived. As I climbed, vast farmland emerged as far as I could see. It was the land of dairy farming, and there was a pungent odor to accompany it… From Page 173, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I leave Sarria, 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 Sarria, Spain, facing the Convento de la Magdalena, just before descending the hill to this amazing bridge—the 12th century Ponte de Aspera, the rough bridge, which refers to its stone.
I enjoyed this spot. It was calming and peaceful with the vegetation and the slow-moving Río Celeiro. I imagined ancient wooden carts loaded with goods from the farms being pushed and pulled along this bridge into Sarria. Although it wasn’t the grandest of bridges, the Ponte de Aspera was one of my favourites.
After the bridge, the Camino gently climbed through this farmland with patches of trees. The freeway towers to the right.
The aforementioned ancient-looking chestnut tree. I think it looks a little spooky.
Yes, I respected the tree.
The classic Galician track became steeper, the 109 kilometer bollard is on the right.
A much younger and more svelte me. Right now, I’m becoming girth challenged and need to walk a Camino very soon.
From the outside, I thought this was a store at Km. 108. Instead, the old house contained a dozen or so vending machines with a variety of food, drinks, and other products.
The 12th century church, Iglesia de Santiago, in Baradello had a unique construction with the bell tower completely on the left side of the front facade. I’m sorry my photo of the front wasn’t clear, but if you’re there, please take a look around.
Ahhh… a small field of yellow lupines, with scattered white daisies and purple flowers. And may I present…
white daisies and lupins. This spot was also very pleasing to the eyes and nostrils.
The farmland as the Camino gently climbed from Baradello. This is Galicia!
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop overlooking this pretty Galician farmland. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Barbadelo to Morgade, I’ll take you through more lush, green countryside. Please join me.
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