Wednesday, May 4, 2016

26 km!

Our first day of walking the Camino, and we did 26 km!!! We took the Metro from Porto to a town by the ocean and began walking along the  coast. There was boardwalk all along the beach which was good for walking. The scenery was stunning as we walked along beautiful beaches, fishing villages and vacation homes. It was a beautiful sunny day and, in spite of the cool ocean breeze we were a bundle of sweat.
We finally reached our destination, Vila Do Conde and were thrilled ( talking about showers, food and wine, not necessarily in that order) but realized it would be at least another 40 minutes by the time we figured out how to get to our hotel. Between GPS and asking directions, we finally found our hotel! Lovely people here! And a great meal with a great waitress ... and of course red wine.
Going to take some ibuprofen with a glass of wine and go to bed!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Last day in Porto

Well tomorrow is the big day! The walk begins! Got a place booked for tomorrow so we have to make the 20 km to that spot. Some of us are having packs sent on to our destination, I am carrying mine, but passing some stuff to one of my buddies who are having their things transported.
Wish me luck!
A few photos from Porto ( won't bore you with the details) The first one I took at Lello Book Store that is very "medieval" looking and supposedly an influence on the author of Harry Potter. 

It's Official!

We have our Pilgrim's Passports, and entered our names in "the book" at the SE Cathedral. Now all we have to do is walk and get our passports stamped along the Camino!
Today is May 3rd....
one more day to relax and explore Porto. I bought some "girl food" for tonight's dinner (salad and spaghetti), for a break from restaurant food and to make use of the wonderful kitchen we have in our apartment here.
Okay ... off to find more pics to bore you with!

Monday, May 2, 2016

First Day in Porto

Said goodbye to Lisbon today and hopped on a train to Porto. The architecture and sights here are fantastic! 
We found our accommodation easily and met up with Jill and Diane .... we actually ran into them on the street!
After checking into our wonderful apartment, we went to the Cathedral to get our "pilgrim's passport". After wandering the historic streets we had dinner and wine and then back to our abode for a night cap and then off to bed. Looking forward to a river cruise tomorrow ... we really will start our Camino soon, really!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Full day in Lisboa

A beautiful day in Lisbon! We started around 8 ish with coffee and a pastry. Good thing we had a caffeine and sugar fix to help us climb the many sets of stairs to the castle St. Jorge's and then headed to the train station to buy our tickets to Porto.
Lots of beautiful streets, people, food, graffiti and sangria made with port!

We arrived back at our hotel in the midst of a protest parade which we watched from our balcony.
Lots of R & R before our big hike!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lisbon

Well we arrived in Lisbon (via Brussels) without a hitch. The weather is beautiful, about 18 degrees, our hotel is 4 flights up, very basic, but clean and with a balcony!
We did a tour of the neighborhood this afternoon and enjoyed refreshments at a few outdoor cafés.... so much fun to people watch!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

My Camino - the plan

 
 
So the beginning of "my camino" is very near and here is the plan. We (me and two other women) will be leaving from Saint John and flying to Montreal, then to Brussels and then to Lisbon. We will spend two nights in Lisbon and then take a train to the city of Porto (a three hour train ride north). In Porto we will meet up with two other friends and spend two nights there. Hopefully by then we will all be over our jetlag and ready to begin our walk. "The plan" is to walk from Porto (the green route) to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. When we are finished our "adventure" we will return to Lisbon (likely by train) and then fly home from there.


If you are not familiar with "The Camino" or The Camino de Santiago, it is a Christian pilgrimage route that has been traveled for centuries as a spiritual retreat. You can read more about it on Wikipedia  Camino de Santiago

sights to be seen along the "way"

As they say in Portugal .... Bom Camino!