Denver Botanical Gardens

Denver Botanical Gardens

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Through the last of the vineyards

Wow, we hope the pictures can show the beauty of our morning walk.  Villafranca de Bierzo is our favorite town along the Camino.  The town is a beautiful, very old town, with narrow stone streets on the hills above a small river.  To the east are the last vineyards we will encounter.   To the west are mountains much like those of western Montana. 

We walked to Cacabellos on Saturday, passing the Templar Castle in Ponferrada.  We normally walk mostly alone, but our dear new friend from Denmark slowed her pace to spend most of these last two days with us.  It was very special.  We stopped short today to spend a little extra time in Villafranca.  Tomorrow we start up the last big climb of our trip.

We continue to have excellent fall weather, we would call it Indian Summer in the states.  It seemed that rabbit hunting season began today.  The hillsides were full of the sounds of hound dogs and shotguns.

The Templar Castle - not Disneyland, the real thing.
A shepherd leaves the 99 to bring the one injured lamb back in a wheel barrow.
Vineyards above the mist on Sunday morning.
Ruth's dream house near Villafranca.
A room with a view for this evening.


  1. Mom and I are again sharing a honeycrisp apple and hot tea. Bright and sunny, but 48 degrees in southeast Idaho today. You have captured the essence of your journey in pictures and prose. Incredible. I will love to visit your dream home in Spain if you will come and see mine in France - Marie Antoinette's village. If I had money and spoke the language, I would be there six months of the year. Blessings as you complete this part of the trek and prepare to return to some of what you left behind. I feel certain that there will be things, ideals, values that have changed in your absence. May the important surface clearly. Love you intensely and honor you for your commitment to take and share a Buen Camino.

  2. Wow! Love your photos and titles.