Today was a rest day – and I think we all appreciated it.
Donna woke up with a burgeoning chest infection, and Caterina whisked her away to a doctor. By mid afternoon she was feeling much better.
The famous Barcelos markets were on – the hotel was situated right opposite – and so after breakfast we wandered over and explored.
Barcelos is famous for it’s chicken and poultry – the symbol of the district is the cock.
That’s the sound of that one going through to the keeper….
The market sold all sorts of things –
Note to Barcelos Health Department – please ask this lady not to pick her nose while she’s holding a cock…
Caterina then began a shuttle in the Mercedes van, transporting the group over to Bom Jesus.
Just to explain – we’re leaving the Camino for one day to spend the afternoon/night at Bom Jesus, which is truly spectacular. It’s about 25km from Barcelos – a magnificent church on a mountain looking out over Braga. There are a couple of luxury hotels situated beside the church, and we’re staying in the best one.
There’s a beautiful terrace looking out over the view – which is where everyone convened for a late lunch and drinks.
While Caterina took Peter & Julie and Ken & Angie up to Bom Jesus, Jennifer and I had lunch with Steve and Arlene – a pilgrim’s lunch for €10 which was delicious – then we went for a wander into the old part of Barcelos, overlooking the river.
We had coffee overlooking the river – and Steve gave us a pose…
Marie the Basque, however, decided that she wanted to keep walking, and so she headed off this morning following the Camino. Her intention was to to walk a good way up the Camino towards Ponte de Lima – where we’re staying tomorrow tonight. She wanted to reduce her mileage tomorrow. Tomorrow’s walk is the longest of the trip – 34kms.
Marie later in the day phoned to say that she’d done about 17kms, and so we arranged for a cab to pick her up and bring her to our hotel.
I can’t believe that today is only day 3. It seems that we’ve experienced so much in such a short period of time. Everyone is getting on really well – and we’re spending a lot of time laughing.
Tomorrow is a big walk but some of the group will start part way up the Camino and cut their walk from 34kms to 20kms.
I want to do the full distance, and so do a few others.
There’s no macho stuff here, no competition – everyone respects everyone else’s personal approach to this Camino.
Whether they van it part of the way, or whether they walk the whole way, really it doesn’t matter. We’re all having a good time, enjoying each other’s company, eating wonderful food, staying in nice digs, and we’re all pilgrims.
Speaking of which, the hotel gave us a very romantic room with a double bed tonight…
Why do I make life so difficult?