Friday, June 16, 2017

Camino Santiago Portuguese, 2: Tui To O Porrino

Wednesday was another long trudge, perhaps 12 miles, in increasingly warm weather. We were beginning to acknowledge that we might have trained a bit for this excursion, or at least not eaten quite so many pastels de nata. But we knew we would take a day off in O Porrino.
Early departure from Tui, the residents of which wish us a good
Camino, and in Portuguese too; and helpfully note that it's 114k
to the cathedral in Santiago

Stone crosses, new, old, and ancient, all over

Another Medieval bridge and a contemporary sculpture of a
peregrino, a pilgrim (negative space)

Drinking water widely available on the Camino

Absolutely the only overtly religious type we saw on our trek;
this guy was fiddling with his rosaries (left hand); genuflect,
genuflect, genuflect!

Alongside the Camino marker is a Roman road sign, not
original, but just to let you know that you are on Interstatum
XIX; note chariot (click to enlarge)

Every now and then, signs from taxis...when
you've had enough...we'll come get you

At a pretty stream crossing, a cross and plaque
mark the spot where Saint Telmo died, in 1251

Every now and now, and not nearly often enough, someone
has made their backyard or garage into a pilgrim rest area,
complete with tables and chairs, some shade, and snacks

Home delivery of bread still alive and well here

And stone crosses everywhere

Roman road XIX; we'll see more including the usual chariot

Through vineyards and woods

A stream or pond every now and then

Deep holloways, worthy of England

First glimpse of the enormous quarry that supplies much of
the marble and granite of lower Galicia; some of the blocks
being worked on are the size of apartment buildings

Eschewing the more scenic 3k variant, we are now walking
straight through the emphatically non-scenic "industrial estate"
(the guidebook writers are Brits); this is a yard and plant
where they cut the immense granite blocks down to usable,
i.e., cyclopean, size, to become retaining walls, building walls,
vineyard posts, roads, crucifixes, etc.

The blaze can appear in odd places now and
then, but was generally easy to follow; the
three or four times we lost the trail, usually in
towns, some resident put us aright, usually
without our asking, and on one occasion,
actually walked us back to where we'd missed
the turn (not Pismo Beach)

Crossing train tracks at the end of the industrial estate variant

Political billboard of interest to jubilados

Among many Camino-side chapels; many now
in dis-use

Many not; many have a stamp where you can do your own

Corrugated siding!

In another chapel

Helpful model #13,469

San Sebastian, patron saint of archers

In O Porrino at last; here, the consistory
palace, in the small Medieval area

And the Hotel Parque, our home for the next two nights

Our nice 46E room even included a much-needed jacuzzi

We took Thursday, June 8th, off, to celebrate our 49th wedding
anniversary, complete with what's remaining of an original
wedding candle, and reception napkins

OK, so the meal wasn't much--we promise to do better next
year--but it certainly was memorable

Best Iberian ham and mushroom scramble ever, so far


Tawana said...

We thought about you on our mutual anniversaries. We were on Maui but wishing we were with you!

Rebecca said...

I can't believe you packed the candle and napkins on your trek! Ha! Looks like a happy anniversary, indeed.