Category Archives: History

The Blue Tiles of Porto, Part Two: Sao Bento

There are many ways of getting to Porto. You can take a boat down the Douro River. You can fly in to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport from places such as London, Paris, Geneva, Lisbon or Madrid. You can drive your own … Continue reading

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The Final Steps on the Camino

For hundreds of years pilgrims on the French Way of the Camino walked 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to the marketplace on top of the hill in Santiago. Then they would walk down a narrow … Continue reading

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Restoring the Templars Castle in Ponferrada

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are three European nations that are not part of the EU but are economically tied to all EU nations via the European Economic Area (EEA). Since 1994 these countries have contributed to the welfare of some … Continue reading

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The Plazas of Ponferrada

Ponferrada is about one-third the size of León and has about one-tenth as many bars and also about one-tenth as many tourists. We walked all over old town Leon and crossed perhaps twenty plazas but in Ponferrada we only visited … Continue reading

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Where in the World is Ponferrada?

Pilgrims who are following A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Santiago by John Brierley while they travel along the Camino Frances in northern Spain start Stage 1 of their journey in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side … Continue reading

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The Barlow Road at the End of the Oregon Trail

In the early 1840s the first emigrants to Oregon sailed up the Missouri River from St Louis to what are now various suburbs of Kansas City and from there set off on foot, horseback or wagons on a two thousand … Continue reading

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More on our 2004 Lewis and Clark Heritage Tour

I was an active member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) for 20 years and attended many of their annual conventions during that time, including the 2004 convention that was held in Vancouver, Washington.  My entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome … Continue reading

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