The trail flattened and led to one of my highlights on the Camino – wild Spanish lavender. A favorite of mine in the gardens back home, I had never expected to see Spanish lavender in Spain – although the name should have suggested that it was a real possibility. By now, the rain had stopped, and the skies lightened. The hillside was brilliant with purple from the lavender and white from the broom… From Page 151, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. However, this time, I’ll return to the morning walk from my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain El Acebo To Molinaseca, and focus on the flowers as I descended the mountain valley toward Molinaseca. If you have my book, I’m in the chapter, Day 15: Wild Spanish Lavender. 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). For those of you who have walked this beautiful section, I hope you were able to see the lavender and broom in the Springtime.
One of my favorite flowers: Spanish Lavender
Just after the village of Riego de Ambros, large patches of lavender appeared, along with scattered white broom.
Soon, there were hillsides of white broom with scattered patches of Spanish lavender.
I felt fortunate, walking on these paths with the broom thick and full of flowers.
Descending the mountain valley, a group of pilgrims were ahead.
One small area had large patches of peonies. This was one of the few flowers that were left.
I’m sure this patch would have been beautiful a couple of weeks earlier.
During my descent, looking down upon what I believe was an old homestead and finding…
the rusted frame of this tired bench. I enjoy seeing benches in natural areas. I don’t need to always sit on them, but enjoy looking and taking photos. This one is a fond memory, and I think about all the people who once sat on this very bench.
As I descended the mountain, yellow broom took place of the white broom, and the Spanish lavender was less to be seen.
Yes, it was a valley of broom and lavender.
I hope you enjoyed this post. This was one of my most enjoyable walks along the French Way. After the rain, cold, and snow of the previous day, it was a very pleasant change. I just wish I had a little blue sky, but on my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Molinaseca To Ponferrada, there would be plenty as I walked from Molinaseca toward Ponferrada, and the amazing castle. Please join me.
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