Today we have another shorter walk of 13.1 km (8.1 mi) to Sarria. On the left,
Dave stops at the Samos ATM and, on the right, a nice pilgrim statue just outside
Samos in Camino. The statue is part of a welcoming rest stop for pilgrims.
[Photos courtesy of Krisztina Galambosi, pilgrim and friend]
Krisz took this interesting picture of "old vs new" somewhere near here.
We don't know exactly where, but we saw it as well.
Today was another nice walk along a tributary of the Río Sarria, where
we saw more small waterfalls and sweet chestnut trees.
A modern home built in the old style on the left. On the right, one of many
rustic carts of this style we saw, typical of Galacia.
Here we come down the Camino with the town of Sarria (population 12,000) off in
the distance. Notice the white, 1940's style, power line tower off to Doug's left.
Video of storks circling for a landing just outside of Sarria.
We cross the bridge over the Río Sarria into Sarria. There was a
house right at the bridge with ducks and geese in the yard and river.
Steps up to the rúa Major (main street) in Sarria. Sarria, with Celtic origins,
was a major medieval center for pilgrims, with several churches, chapels,
monasteries and seven pilgrim hospitals!
We stayed the night at the Albergue Don Álvaro, one of the nicer alberques along
the Camino. On the right is the albergue courtyard with a pretty garden and even
a pilgrim footbath with water jets back by the red door. There was also a balcony
with lounge chairs, where Doug took a short nap. Our hosts, a young couple with
a pre-school son, where very kind and hospitable!
After cleaning up, we set off to see the town. First, we had coffee/beer
at the "Mason Au Tapas" down the street from the albergue, then we walked
up past the 13th century Igrexa de San Salvador to the ruins of the 13th
century Fortaleza de Sarria, shown in this photo. The castle was destroyed
in the peasant uprising in the 15th century. We just missed seeing an outdoor
market which was closed by the time we got up to the top of the hill.
Back to the rúa Major (main street), which was being rebuilt.
Here Dave checks out one of the restaurant menus to see if they had a
"pilgrim menu", typically costing 6-8€. The typical menu included a
first course of soup or salad, and a second, entree course of pork, steak,
veal, chicken or fish. Potatoes or vegetables, bread and water/wine are
also included. Dessert comes with these meals, usually flan/custard, ice cream,
or torte de Santiago. A real bargin, delicious and filling!
On the right, some restaurants had picture menus, an easier way of selecting
a meal if you aren't fluent in Spanish or Galego!