This year we traveled to northern Spain and Portugal and on the way back stopped in New York City for four days before flying back home. For the first nine days of our trip we followed the thousands of pilgrims who walk across northern Spain every year on the French route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
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It takes an average of 33 days for a pilgrim to walk 500 miles from the French side of the Pyrenees to the Galician town of Santiago de Compostela. But we started our Camino journey nowhere near the Pyrenees and preferred to ride buses and trains on our trip and only walked along those portions of the Camino that went through the towns of Leon and Ponferrada and the final stretch that terminated at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
This was our third trip to Spain in the last eight years and our second to Portugal. We spent three nights each in Leon, Ponferrada and Santiago and then took the bus to Porto, Portugal where we stayed another three nights. Then we flew to New York City for four nights, our longest stay ever in that city.
In tomorrow’s posting I will cover most of the reasons why we chose the places we traveled to this year and then I’ll describe our adventures in Leon in subsequent posts.