Week 7 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

This week’s photo shows the Notre Dame basilica above the Grotto in Lourdes with the mountains of the Pyrenees in the background. 2 weeks and 2 days after leaving Santiago in north-western Spain, I arrived in Lourdes. It was like going from the tourist hell on Earth that is Santiago to a little piece of heaven on Earth that is Lourdes. I had spent 3 … Continue reading Week 7 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

Week 7 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

This week’s photo shows me beside the Ernest Hemingway statue outside the bull-ring in Pamplona. I had cycled roughly 3,000 km to get to Pamplona and I was roughly at the halfway point on this year’s Tour de Travoy. It was Hemingway that put Pamplona on the map when he went to the San Fermin festival here in 1923 and later wrote about the Running … Continue reading Week 7 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

Week 7 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

This week’s photo shows some vineyards near the small town of Ventosa in the Rioja region of Spain. Rioja is famous for it’s red wine but when I visited the region, it was it’s red hot heat that I will remember the most. In this northern part of Spain, it rarely goes above 30 degrees in June but not so this year.  The heat may … Continue reading Week 7 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

Week 6 – Leon to Burgos – Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun

This week’s photo above shows a poster for a heavy metal band alongside a poster for a bullfight in the bull-ring in Sahagun.  Both the band and the bull look quite fierce but not half as fierce as the heat from the sun in Sahagun. It was close to 40 degrees when I arrived at the town’s campsite around mid-day. I have never stopped as … Continue reading Week 6 – Leon to Burgos – Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun

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