After our lovely stay at Quinta da Gandra and a beautiful breakfast we were a little late starting out. Our host drove us back to the Camino from where they picked us up last afternoon. Immediately we were greeted by a very friendly farmer sorting her corn out for storage.
The path led us down a track which again was edged with vines, it is going to be hot today so the mist will be a refreshing change. There will be another small climb today and the scenery is beautiful again.
I am nearly over the cobblestones. Who knew they came in all sizes.
We venture over an old Roman bridge over the rio Coura. The path meanders through small towns some with Cafes some just with a church and surrounding farms. It seems as we enter a town the church bells go off. Very nice welcome. We sit in a park with other Pilgrims mid morning chatting and having a cold drink.
Today we leave Portugal and enter Spain via Valenca. It always seems to drag a bit on the outskirts of the cities, especially being hot as the pavement seems to come up to hit you in the face with the heat. Nearly there and we climb to the top of the fort in Valenca which gives us a brilliant view to Spain. We cross the car , pedestrian bridge and before you know it we are in Spain. Our leg In Portugal has finished and now onward to Santiago de Compostella
Tui is an ancient town with great history. The buildings are larger than life and tomorrow we will have an extra day here to have a look around . Although today was only around23 K’s , we arrived late but also Spain is an hour forward in time as well.
By chance we meet our Israeli girls and have a terrific tapa dinner with them.
A day in Tui.
First of all we were going to have breakfast at 8.00 am but due to some very much over sleeping we had it around 10.00. Our poor old bodies must have needed the rest.
We wander the town, Susan looking for some new sandals as her feet have a few blisters. Walking up to the Cathedral we spot Martin the Englishman who we hadn’t seen for a few days . He was treating himself to the Parador for a couple of days. This is around half way on our Camino so I think a good time for a rest. While sitting chatting opposite the Cathedral a wedding came out with a full band playing. It was wonderful to watch. The band was playing as the Bride and Groom came down the stairs and then later the guest all danced in the square to the band. We were clapping and swaying our hips. Don’t know why we wouldn’t have got an invite in our hiking gear.
The afternoon finished with a lovely wine sitting in the shade of the garden of our hotel. They have a 300 year old Magnolia tree in the garden. Magnificent . I am all rested and charged up for tapas tonight and another day on the trail.
Here are a few photos of time spent in Tui