Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon (Ponferrada to Leon 2017 Days 36-39)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon (Ponferrada to Leon 2017 Days 36-39)

If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge (2017 Days 34-35 Santiago to Ponferrada)

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 … Continue reading If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge (2017 Days 34-35 Santiago to Ponferrada)

At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world (2017 Days 30-33 Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela)

Today's featured 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. … Continue reading At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world (2017 Days 30-33 Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela)

Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all (2017 Days 27-29 Gijon to Ribadeo)

Today's featured photo shows Santa Maria del Mar bay not far from Aviles in the Asturias. The Asturian coastline is full of secluded coves and un-spoilt 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 … Continue reading Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all (2017 Days 27-29 Gijon to Ribadeo)

The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited (2017 Days 23-26 San Vicente to Gijon)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited (2017 Days 23-26 San Vicente to Gijon)

Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been (2017 Days 20-22 Bilbao to San Vicente)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been (2017 Days 20-22 Bilbao to San Vicente)

Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country (2017 Days 18-19 Bilbao + San Sebastian)

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 … Continue reading Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country (2017 Days 18-19 Bilbao + San Sebastian)

The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine ( 2017 Days 15-17 St Jean de Luz to Bilbao)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine ( 2017 Days 15-17 St Jean de Luz to Bilbao)

Getting closer to Spain via the plains of Aquitaine (2017 Days 12-14 Royan to St Jean de Luz)

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 … Continue reading Getting closer to Spain via the plains of Aquitaine (2017 Days 12-14 Royan to St Jean de Luz)

Vendee, vidi,vici ( 2017 Days 08-11 Nantes to Royan)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading Vendee, vidi,vici ( 2017 Days 08-11 Nantes to Royan)

Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland (2017 Days 04-07 Roscoff to Nantes)

Today's featured 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 … Continue reading Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland (2017 Days 04-07 Roscoff to Nantes)

My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin (2017 Days 01-03 Dublin to Rosslare)

Today's featured 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 their 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 … Continue reading My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin (2017 Days 01-03 Dublin to Rosslare)