Reaching the end of the Camino…
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Reaching the end of the Camino…
The last day was the day I got lost for the first time on the Camino.
More than halfway through the Camino Inglés, this day was more easygoing due to having a reservation at a private lodge in Sigüeiro. I joined up with my Betanzos tortilla dining partners for part of the walk, and they shared some interesting gossip about cheating pilgrims!
Lots of highway walking yet few signs of people made for a relatively dull walk.
After walking two days from Ferrol, how was the holy grail of the “best” tortilla de Betanzos?
My favorite day on the Camino Inglés, this was a day where a rather frightful early morning start led to a pleasant walk mainly surrounded by nature.
Arriving in the town of Pontedeume, I had fish wrapped in a donut shape, and probably the best empanada of the trip.
Taking the long way around an inlet, spending the whole day only to reach a town which I passed by on the bus in 15 minutes the day before!
How to fit life’s necessities in a single backpack (and fanny pack!)
A short half-day hike along the Ruta del Cantábrico gave me a lasting impression of Galicia’s rocky northern coast.
The city where Vicky and Cristina are flown to by Javier Bardem…
As gritty as the guidebooks make it out to be, Naples turned out to be incredibly exciting city, and the closest in feeling to the energy of a thriving Chinatown.
The super curvy Amalfi Coast Drive and the gusts of wind following in between bouts of rain made for a dramatic day out on this famous road. Thank goodness I left the driving to the professionals, and at a cost of just a few euros!
The first day of my solo tour took me to Herculaneum and Pompeii, both cities preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius, and finally to the charming town of Sorrento.
How to plan a whirlwind trip through the archaeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, a stop in the quaint Sorrento, and then a breathtaking drive along the Amalfi Coast - all in just two days and by public transportation!
An overnight jaunt to Gibraltar, a few steps yet a world apart from Southern Spain
Great experiences come in small packages.
Strasbourg is fairy tale charming. It's probably one of the things that compelled me to visit - it just seemed so "European!"
You imagine Beauty and the Beast taking place in a town like this; in fact, it's said that the town from which the Disney animators drew inspiration is just south of Strasbourg.
I think there are probably a few American apartment developments or subdivisions inspired by the Alsace region!
Formentera is an island quite close to Ibiza, and popular for day-trippers. Here's an outline for an itinerary to get a taste of Formentera in one day.
First, there are a couple different ferry companies that go between Ibiza and Formentera. They're comparable in cost and all advertise a 30-minute "fast ferry" ride. Our trip time was more like 45-50 minutes! I can't imagine how long the 1-hour "slow ferry" would take...
Our first stop was Ses Illetes, a narrow spit of land going into the sea. I just couldn't get over how clear and blue the waters were here!
Before visiting Ibiza, I used to think of beaches and partying when I thought of the island.
I'm sure the partying is quite spectacular - the road from the airport to town was plastered with billboards promoting parties and clubs - and the beaches for sure are among the most picturesque in the world.
But I was surprised by what a charming the old town Ibiza was.