Thursday, August 17, 2017

Being Lazy in Porto

JIt's a great city with a vibrant cafe life, plenty to see, and sardines and Port wine everywhere.

The old library building.

Cafes and shopping.

Bear with tongue.

Chapels das Almas with some incredible tile work.


Old historic building with red tile work, now a hotel.

Aliens on the street.

Trams can help getting up some of the hills.

Santa Catarina, the main shopping street.

Sto Ildefonso.

Most of the streets in the old historic city are cobbled.

Another sardine store.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Porto--Relaxing After The Camino

We're in Porto, relaxing a bit after the Camino. It's a great place to chill out with a modern old feel about it. We're staying in the old historic center with lots of tourists and locals around, and at times it feels a little like Disneyland.
Porto is a city built on hills.

Probably more churches around, at least in the old historic center, than in Spain.

Igrea do Carmo with it's great tiled facade.

Jacarandas in bloom.

Local residential street with cafes.

Modern tile work.

Deco period building with tiles.

Tile work at the Sao Bento railway station.

Port boat on the river.

This is where we'll spend the week while in Porto.

Many older buildings in the historic center are being converted into apartments for tourists.
We rented this 600 sq. ft. apartment on for about $120.00 a night. A pretty good deal.

A tourist establishment lit up in the evening.

A great mixture of architecture.

Festive hotel lobby.

A skinny lamp.

Narrow winding streets in the city center.

Larger than life paper mache.

Gypsy performers with birds.

Plenty of tourists around and most of the local business people speak English.

Cafe life.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Our Founders fought a revolution for the idea that all men are created equal. The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition.
Nothing less is at stake on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, where a violent attack has taken at least one American life and injured many others in a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons.
White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special.
As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry.  - John McCain

Friday, August 11, 2017

Walking the Camino, Day 34: Santiago, The End of Our Journey

We arrived in Santiago after 34 consecutive days of walking, and we're ready for a rest. Our daily point to point walking stages totaled a little more than 520 miles, which didn't include any incidental walking we did once we reached our destination each day. We walked the entire distance carrying our packs and have really enjoyed the journey. Thanks to all who encouraged us along the way.
Our last day of walking. A relatively easy day of woodsy and urban walking. 

Checked into our hotel in Santiago, cleaned up, and headed for the cathedral.

The police outside our hotel. Apparently an animal rights protest brewing.

The cathedral is being renovated of course.

Forget about getting a seat for noon mass. I think you have to get here at 11:00 if you actually want to sit.

Interior renovations.

So we skip mass and head to get our credentials verified.

 ....along with hundreds of others. Someone told us a thousand new pilgrims arrived in town today.

ur credentials have all the necessary stamps.

Anyone who walks at least the last 100 kilometers will get the Compostella.
We walked the entire 800 kilometers and obtained our mileage certificate as well.

So it's time to eat again. And we'll start with some fresh sardine tapas.

So, what next?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Walking the Camino, Day 33

We reach our destination tomorrow. It's been quite a ride so far. Here's some of what we actually remember.
Still walking but the end is in sight.

Blooming hills. So glad we walked in the Spring when all the flowers were in bloom.

Coming into little towns.

Churches. Churches. And more Churches.

Meeting other pilgrims. We saw this guy on and off for about a third of our walk.
He's always walking by himself, at his own pace, but everyone stops to say hello.

Eating more sandwiches. I think we've had more bread in the last month than we've ever had in any 30 day period.

Some really nice people on the Camino. This is Alicia from Queensland, Australia, wanting us to hike across Tasmania.

Constantly adjusting our shoes. Foot problems are the most common injuries on the Camino. 

Checking the damage at the end of the day. All in all we've been pretty injury free.
Toe socks, Vicks vaporub and changing socks halfway through a day's hike have all helped.

Staying in a monastery.

Our one and only bunk night. We didn't know it was a dorm with ten bunks when we booked it. It was billed as a "family room". What kind of family sleeps in a room with ten bunks?

Some pretty good food. French fries are served with practically everything here.

 After about a week, we were sort of pulpoed out.

 So now we're on to bacolao.

Beer break always welcome after a long day of walking.

Grilled peppers help too.

Alan with a stuffed _ _ _.

War games on Remembrance Day. Spanish people dressed as U.S. Soldiers for a mock attack on the town square.
Parading soldiers.