I was processing my photos of Ponferrada the other day with Adobe Lightroom when Lia, my nine-year-old granddaughter who is about to enter the fourth grade, came in and asked me what I was doing. So I showed her a few photos and she told me that this one was her favorite:
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What you see is a canvas backdrop on the wall next door to Panaderia Cafeteria Liebana across the road from the Knights Templar Castle in Ponferrada. There’s a lot to see in this picture: an owl, a ladybug, a giraffe. I guess that’s some kind of cat sitting next to the ladybug. I thought maybe a jaguar but it has spots on his face and stripes on his arms and legs. At first Lia thought that the lady playing the piano was actually sitting on one of the cafe tables in the foreground! And did you notice the peregrina with a scallop shell attached to her backpack walking the Camino? Oh, and there’s a Camino marker, too, with the ever popular yellow arrow.
Pilgrims on the Camino enter Ponferrada after crossing the Rio Boeza and then they head for the Castle. Opposite this bakery/cafeteria they turn right on Calle Gil y Carrasco (Iglesia de San Andres is on the corner on the right; the Castle is on the left) and head for the Old Town plazas. Some keep on going, walking out of the city by way of the iron bridge over the Rio Sil (Ponferrada gets its name from this iron bridge). But most of them will spend the night at one of the albergues or hotels nearby. There’s an albergue right up the street on Calle Gil y Carrasco and a few of the restaurants nearby offer the standard Pilgrim’s Meal for ten or eleven euros.
Stay tuned for more Ponferrada postings in the next couple of weeks.