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 .