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Camino-Leon to Astorga

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An April 2013 trip to Leon by rufusni

Quote: I am doing the camino in different sections, and this time I started in Leon. This journal will focus on the first few days as I depart Leon to Astorga and beyond

Astorga

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I was staying in the pilgrim albergue - Albergue de los Amigos del Camino which is in Plaza San Francisco. So after getting in and having a shower and washing clothes it was time to explore the town. There are two churches in this square but also a lovely small garden which I watched the sunset from later that evening.Astorga was a Roman occupied fort called Asturica Augusta, a name remembered on one of the roundabout coming into town that we crossed on the camino frances. It was apparently an important Roman fortified town as there were several main roads in the region which is still recalled as Astorga is were two camino routes join namely the Camino Frances which I was walking on but also the...Read More

Astorga Cathedral

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Attraction | "Fabulous Exterior"

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Walking the Camino Frances I first saw the towers of the cathedral from the Crucero de Santo Toribio on a hill over looking the city, and I was so happy to see them, I knew I had only a few more kilometres to get into the city, and then I could see those same towers alot closer up. After finding a bed and getting cleaned up the cathedral was my first stop. The only way to get into the cathedral is to buy a ticket for the Diocesan Musuem, unless you are there for a service. Now the tickets are not that expensive but it always annoys me that you have to pay to get into a church, but I suppose the claim here would be you are paying for entry into the musuem.The Diocesan Musuem has all sorts o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2013

Astorga Cathedral
Plaza De La Catedral
Astorga, Spain 24700

Astur Plaza

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Hotel | "lovely location average food"

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So having walked 30km that day and explored some of the sights of the town I was ready for some food. But it was too nice a night to sit inside for dinner, it was lovely and sunny and warm well into the evening. Not did I want to sit in some place down a side street that night, this hotel had a bar with outside tables. Its located right in one of the main squares, and in a pedrestrian one at that so no cars. The square is collonnaded and is about three storeys allowing the sun to shine down to very late in the day. I had been wandering about looking for a pilgrim menu for a while, and even this restaurant had its pilgrim menu tucked away in a window.I ran into another pilgrim and we sat do...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2013

Astur Plaza
Plaza Espana 2-3
Astorga, Castile-Leon 24700
877-662-6988

Towards Astorga

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After some breakfast I picked up my rucksack and headed out. I had scouted out the evening before were the camino headed through the village and the road on which it left. It was a cool morning. We were heading out through flat farmland on a quiet country road. Ahead I could see the mountains, and as the sun rose the snow capped peaks took on a pink hue. I knew in two days I would have to cross over these mountains, so for the moment I was enjoying the flat and the speed I could keep up walking. As it was flat you could see quite a distance and make out various villages in the distance, and all the water towers.As I walked this morning I crossed two canals and walked past many ditches which fo...Read More

Heading to Villar de Mazarife

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Leaving Leon in the morning meant I left before most businesses really opened. The first part was interesting walking through streets looking at shop windows and businesses, watching people heard to school and work.Then over a railway bridge, more shops and businesses then a short cut through a residential area with people walking dogs. Then reaching bodegas -wine cellars which looked a little like hobbit holes minus the round doors. At which point the camino heads off into a light industrial area- was kind of glad to catch up with a few pilgrims on this section- not that it was incredibly scary or anything but a little uncomfortable as a woman alone. But it did not take long to get into Virgen del Ca...Read More

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rufusni

rufusni
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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