As I entered the suburb of Columbrianos, I stopped at a church on the hillside overlooking the valley. A large group of cyclists were having a race or a rally, and the parking lot was a rendezvous point. They had a catered dinner on a table set up next to a large van that carried their gear and supplies. For a moment, I thought it was the Tour de France, until I remembered where I was. The other side of the church was far quieter with only two pilgrims having a siesta on a bench. They were trusting, with their belongings spread out around them. One never knows what they may find in a backpack. If someone stole a certain bag from mine, all they would get would be stinky underwear and socks… From Page 154, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Ponferrada Spain, I took you on a pleasant afternoon walk through Ponferrada to the suburb of Compostilla. If you need a break in Ponferrada, I recommend a stop at one of the cafe patios facing the castle before crossing the bridge over the Río Sil. Remember that the larger stores are in the modern part of the city. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. 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).
The Ermita de Santa Maria de Compostilla in the well manicured town of Compostilla.
The Camino was well marked with these colorful concrete bollards.
I thought this building, perhaps an excellence in architectural design, stuck out like a sore thumb. I really thought it looked like a sore thumb. This was in a neighborhood of mostly two- and three-story homes and businesses.
The aforementioned church in Columbrianos. The views of the valley are better on the other side.
Quiet streets of Columbrianos in the midafternoon. Columbrianos may have a modern look but it’s actually quite old. Its roots date back to Roman times.
The Ermita de San Blas is on the former site of a pilgrims hospice. The focal point for me was the colorful mural. Let’s take a closer look.
St. James himself.
Looking back to the Ermita.
Nestled in a rural area with mostly large homes, and plots of land is the village of Fuentes Nuveus.
The Ermita Santo Cristo de Fuentes Nuveus.
The church in Camponaraya had stork nests on every available spot of the bell gable.
This street had the tops of most power poles adorned with a nest and a stork. These nests were huge, and I stopped and watched the storks who stood on guard.
The White Stork of Spain.
More quite streets of Camponaraya during siesta in the midafternoon.
As you can tell, the terrain from Compostilla to Camponaraya was fairly flat which made for easy walking. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Camponaraya to The Vineyards and Cacabelos, I’ll stop by some modern sculptures in Camponaraya, before walking to the hills with flowers and scenic vineyards, as I take you closer to the mountains and Galicia. Please join me.
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