A picturesque river with a short waterfall across the entire width ran next to the homes. At the edge of the hamlet, an abandoned stone house looked enticing. I went inside and joined a man and woman peering from the glass-less window. In the middle of a grazing field, a small waterfall appeared—seemingly by magic – and the three of us watched the amazing sight. I’m sure there was a simple explanation for why it was there, but I didn’t try to figure it out… From Page 169, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Truly, for me, this was one of the most magical and peaceful spots on the Camino. We’ll get there very soon.
Now I’ll continue my journey on the French Way of the Camino de Santiago in the ancient hamlet of San Cristobo, Galicia. I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Triacastela to San Cristobo, just as I was about to walk through a giant patch of mud on a classic Galician track. Thankfully, the walking was much more enjoyable as I climbed.
The aforementioned scene was so peaceful. Let’s take a closer look at the waterfall…
As I wrote in my book, I didn’t try to figure out how this waterfall appeared.
Typical in many of the hamlets of Galicia, these homes were made of stone. I admired how this tree or vine reached between the houses. This was in Renche.
The churches were small but almost every hamlet had one. Renche was a prosperous community at one time, not only from the area’s rich agriculture, but from an iron foundry that once operated here.
I would have loved to see these vines in bloom.
The whitewashed church in Lastres. None of the churches along this stretch of the Camino were opened when I walked by.
Lush farmland of Galicia. Watching cattle…
and this little waterfall.
The church in San Martino.
Soon after, I arrived here…
overlooking the Benedictine monastery of San Xulián de Samos.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop above Samos with a view pilgrims have marvelled at for centuries. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Samos to Gorolfe, I’ll take you into the Galician town of Samos. Please join me.
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