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Camino de Santiago 2018

Day 30 Sarria to Portomarin and Day 31 Portomarin to Palas de Rei

SPAIN | Monday, 2 July 2018 | Views [330]

 After an extra day to rest in Sarria we're off this morining for Portomarin, about 15 miles. Right off there's this great staircase to climb through town. 

These colorful signs are at the top of the stairs in Sarria before we pass the cathedral and leave town.

 There's a nice cafe in Baradelo about 3.5 miles outside Sarria where we stop for a coffee alongside this unique pilgrim fountain.

The farm land on this leg of the journey consists mostly of grass hay, corn and cattle--beef and milk cows. There are a few scattered sheep. Horreos, or grain dryers, like the one below now become a common site at most country homes. This one is in great shape, some are a bit more worn. They are used to dry any grain, but mainly sweet corn on an elevated, rodent-free platform. They usually have tiled roofs, and always have a cross at one end,some times both ends. 

The most interesting thing about Portomarin is the cathedral that was moved stone-by-stone to the top of a hill in town after the lower portion of the town flooded. Some of the stones still have the numbers on them that were used to aid in the reconstruction. We can still see some sturctures from the flooded city as we cross the bridge into town.

We leave Portomarin in the dark about 6 a.m. because today is about 16 miles of hills and downhills.  As the sun comes up we see the work of an enterprising gardener near Monterroso who created these mushrooms and a gynormous lady bug out of painted rocks. 

Another one of our favorite yard signs as we enter Palas de Rei. No need for a translation... 



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