Today’s walk was almost entirely on gravel back roads with virtually no traffic and very peaceful .
It was a chilly morning again. A good thing about this cooler weather is that I’m now only carrying 2 litres of water which makes a big difference from the weight of my pack with the 4 litres I was carrying previously .
I found the landscapes very attractive .
There were large expanses of corn in irrigated fields.
The way was well marked with a lot of these large concrete blocks similar to Roman milestones . This one had a pilgrim’s staff and was bilingual.
I had one of those village bar lunches.
These sunflowers looked a bit sad.
A nice colour combination on the outskirts of Zamora!
The albergue is located in an ancient building next to the city wall.
These guys turned up in period costume just after I did but left when they found out there were no blankets – you have to have your own sleeping bag.
Zamora is noted for its fine Romanesque churches. This is the portal of Saint Mary Magdalene and it reminded me a lot of churches I’ve seen in Ireland.
The church of Santiago is reputedly where El CID was knighted by Ferdinand I.
Detail from a 15th century tapestry in the cathedral .
Great photos Paul!
Those fellowship in period costume- do you know what the shells represented?
Thanks for your blog Paul. It’s so interesting.
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Vicki Saint James or Santiago is always represented by a cockle shell
Thanks Paul- I must do some research on Santiago. I saw the recurring she’ll emblems and wondered. Just found out how to get ur replies- drrrr
Think also of ‘Coquille Saint-Jacques’