Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Francés
from St Jean-Pied-du-Port
to Santiago de Compostela

Shell motif
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Stage 9 - From Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

First view of Azofre

A large kitchen in this refugio

A group of pilgrims having a well-earned meal

Bunk beds in the refugio

Side trip to the monasteries south of Azofre

Monastery of Yuso

Not Santiago as you might think but San Millan

Font carved from a single walnut tree


with chests for each monk's clothes

Ceiling detail

Sundial at Yuso

The ancient library - Yuso is the cradle of both Castilian and Basque languages

One of the books, made of cowhide, open for inspection

Sundial from the courtyard

leaving Yuso

Sundial at Cañas - my favourite monastery and much closer to the Camino

Cloister at Cañas

Retablo of the blessed Virgin


Tomb of abbess



St Martin of Tours

Back in Azofre - sundial on church

Waymark outside playground

It is still raining

Wet descent

Yet another type of waymark

Wet camino

If you can identify this flower, please send an Email

Passing by Ciruvuela

Camino towards Santo Domingo de la Calzada

First refugio run by nuns - Bunks and upstairs sitting area - there was a much bigger one downstairs with a roaring log fire giving us a chance to dry some clothes

Second refugio - kitchen

Entrance with old cart

In the cloisters of the cathedral