Week 6 – Ponferrada to Leon – Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me asunder in Castilla y Leon

This week’s photo shows a lorry tipped over on it’s side on the A6 motorway near Manzanal del Puerto. I tweeted the photo the following day saying I needed a rest day or I would end up like the lorry on the motorway. But the day after that, I ended up looking exactly like the lorry in the photo. I was as sick as a … Continue reading Week 6 – Ponferrada to Leon – Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me asunder in Castilla y Leon

Week 6 – Santiago to Ponferrada – If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge

When I visited the Somme in 2015, the Thiepval Monument was covered in scaffolding as it was getting scrubbed up prior to the Centenary Commemorations in 2016. In a similar fashion, the one time I visit the the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago, it too is covered in scaffolding. But if anything, the scaffolding actually improves the appearance of he cathedral by adding a … Continue reading Week 6 – Santiago to Ponferrada – If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge

Week 5.5 – Ribadeo to Santiago – At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world

This week’s photo shows the Tower of Hercules lighthouse in A Coruna. There has been a lighthouse at this location since Roman times and it is one of the most famous lighthouses in the world. Any medieval Irish pilgrims sailing from Ireland would have passed by this lighthouse on their way to complete the Camino. So while it was a 20 km de-tour to go … Continue reading Week 5.5 – Ribadeo to Santiago – At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world

Week 5 – Gijon to Ribadeo – Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all

This week’s photo shows Santa Maria del Mar bay not far from Aviles in the Asturias. The Asturian coastline is full of secluded coves and unspoilt beaches like the one shown above. This must be at least the 20th photo of the Spanish coastline on this year’s Tour but I consider this is my best shot yet. The road in Santa Maria del Mar actually … Continue reading Week 5 – Gijon to Ribadeo – Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all

Week 4.5 – San Vicente to Gijon – The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited

This week’s photo shows a smiling Fernando Alonso on the balcony of a house near Covadonga in the Asturias region of Spain. When I tweeted this photo, it caused quite a stir as Fernando had been making headlines that week-end by racing in Indianapolis in the USA in the Indy 500 race. The photo is not photo-shopped but actually a life-size cardboard cut-out of Alonso … Continue reading Week 4.5 – San Vicente to Gijon – The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited

Week 4 – Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

This week’s photo shows the beach and harbour in the small resort of Comillas in western Cantabria. Very few tourists go to Cantabria compared to the numbers that visit other regions of Spain. But in my opinion, they are missing out on a treat as Cantabria is full of tiny scenic beaches like the one in Comillas shown above.  It does get some visitors and … Continue reading Week 4 – Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

Week 3.5 – Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

It was Holy Communion weekend in San Sebastian and many of the bakeries and cake shops had shop window displays featuring Holy Communion figurines. Most of the displays were very elaborate and a lot of work must have gone into making the lollipops, chocolate figurines and iced cakes shown above. Earlier, I had met up with my sister Karen in Bilbao after she had got … Continue reading Week 3.5 – Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

Week 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

This week’s photo shows the view of the Basque coastline from the Mirador de Mutriku viewpoint near to Deba. The Basque coastline is very similar to the Amalfi coast in Italy and I must have taken about 50 similar shots to the one above this week. The coastline is incredibly beautiful when the sun is shining but the same sun makes all the climbs here … Continue reading Week 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

This week’s photo shows a cycle path through the forest north of Bayonne. The cycle path follows the Camino route and there were numerous signs along the route showing the Camino symbol. In all, I cycled about 300 km through Aquitaine and for at least 200 km, my route was on cycle paths through the coastal forest. It made for some terrific spins and it … Continue reading Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

This weeks photo shows a line of yurts at Camping les Misottes in the small seaside resort of Esnandes. Due to rain and tiredness, I stayed at the campsite for 2 nights and for the 2nd night got to stay in one of these yurts courtesy of the campsite owner. I felt like I was on a luxury safari holiday staying in the yurt and … Continue reading Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

This week’s photo shows the Breton flag alongside the European flag in the small medieval village of Malestroit. The town was a delight to visit and it was thronged with tourists when I passed through. It is located on the Nantes – Brest canal which forms part of Eurovelo 1 (also known as Veloodysee) which is the Camino cycle path from Brittany to the border … Continue reading Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin

This week’s photo shows St. James Church in Dublin from where my Camino and the 2017 Tour de Travoy started. For at least 800 years, pilgrims have been making there way from St. James Church and St. James Gate in Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. St. James was one of Christ’s 12 Apostles and his bones are believed to be buried in Santiago. So any … Continue reading Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin