Hola from hot, sunny, beautiful Spain. I fall more and more in love with this country everyday.
Today started with the most beautiful sunrise. I had to keep turning around to see it as the sun comes up behind me in the northern hemisphere
As I had done a big walk yesterday I decided I would only go as far as Astorga today and that was far enough. Another very hot day but now I am pleased to say the countryside has changed and I am back into green rolling hills and a few big hills to climb.
Walked into Hospital de Orbigo for breakfast and what a lovely town. This has one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges in Spain dating back to the 13th century and built over an earlier roman bridge which formed one of the great historical landmarks on the Camino. This bridge was also the the place of famous jousting competitions that took place in the Holy Year 1434. Apparently was the inspiration for Cervantes Don Quixote and also witnessed the battle of 452 when the Visigoths slaughtered the Swabians. Now there is a bit of history for you!!!
I have to defer here and relate a little story. About a month prior to me coming away my friend Barbara from the central coast rang me and said there was a documentary on at the Avoca cinema about the Camino. To cut a long story short I went up and spent the weekend and we went to see the movie. It was about different people and how the Camino had affected them. There was this group of guys who decided to stay and set up camp in a disused adobe hut on the Camino just out of Astorga. Well would you believe walking along today and here they were. Providing fruit and drinks for pilgrims for a donation
It was then down the road a bit further to the wonderful city of Astorga
Astorga was originally a powerful asturian community and equally an important roman city because it was the junction of several major routes.
The convergence of routes gave rise to over 20 pilgrim hospitals in medieval times.
Astorga was amazing from a distance with the cathedral in the distance very prominent