Sarria to Portomarin

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20130328_173658 Stairs leading to the town of Portomarin

Sarria to Portomarin……………..

We had an enjoyable stay in Sarria after a long walk yesterday – 9 hours mainly on tar road which is 10 times tougher on the feet.  The hotel was great and we all felt like staying another day but the camino was calling and we are time bound so forced our tired bodies and aching feet out of our comfy warm beds.   We started walking at around 09h00, so really did take it slow this morning.

Last night I took the girls to the same bar Shereez, Kristin, Jess and I had dinner at last year.  I remember eating the best hamburger ever and I treated the girls to this “yummy” memory.   The burgers were so darn good the girls and I opted for a second one.

A few pics of beautiful Sarria – (leaving hotel)

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Our hotel in Sarria

Our hotel in Sarria

Just as we were getting to the outskirts of Sarria this morning, Tanika felt a burn in her shoe.  As one learns on this amazing journey – any niggly you stop immediately and take care of it otherwise could become a very painful blister which then lasts for days.

oh golly a blister #$%^&

Tanika checking out her blister

Tanika checking out her blister

Mom to the rescue

Mom to the rescue

A look back at Sarria – yet another beautiful town in Spain!

Sarria - on our way to Portomarin

Sarria – on our way to Portomarin

Tanika overlooking Sarria

Tanika overlooking Sarria

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The walk from Sarria to Portomarin – another beautiful part of the Camino and once again I realised how popular this section of the Camino is – there were loads of pilgrims on the paths, bars were full and one battled to get a seat as only certain bars are open this time of the year.  I am not sure why, as the pilgrims are around to support the bars on this leg of the Camino but the local bar owners are just not playing along.  Besides the siesta’s everyday between 13h00 and 17h00 – no doubt the Spanish also go into hibernation during the cold months.  The human train had begun for the three of us which is not a bad thing as part of this journey is for the girls to meet as many foreigners as possible.  Last year I remember this section as being one downside of my Camino……..I enjoyed walking in relative isolation, but on this section – Sarria to Santiago that never happened, …………………….and all for the right reasons I suppose.

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Our walk today was very pleasant and relatively easy. A distance of over 22km today to reach the riverside town of Portomarin.  It’s an unimpressive town, overlooking a reservoir however carries a rich history and fascinating story of how the cathedral was moved one brick at a time and rebuilt in the centre of the village to the exact same replica that was once below the village, now a reservoir.

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Last year I missed the Albergue, run by South African – Gordan Bell so the girls and I made a special stop to say hello.  The Albergue was closed, Gordans license only allows him to operate from 1 April to end of October but he welcomed us in and offered us a cuppa of whatever we wanted.  South Africans – watch out for the signs if you are planning to walk the Frances Camino – a small cosy Albergue with a full on braai for dinner in the evenings!!

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Gordon and the girls

Gordon and the girls

Tanika standing under the SA flag

Entrance to the SA Albergue

Entrance to the SA Albergue

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