Shell motif Camino de Santiago

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

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Stage 23 - From Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada









Fuente kindly provided by the Forest Service of Leon

A birthday photo for Regina from Germany

Approaching Foncebadón, down to 2 inhabitants recently

.... but now life is returning

The ruin of the 12th c. hospice built by the hermit Gaucelmo

The Cruz del Ferro - the summit at last!

The author looking forward to the downhill ahead





The "atmospheric" refugio of Manjarín





The plain of Ponferrada





First view of El Acebo, one of the most interesting villages on the Camino

The road goes in enormous hairpins down the mountain, but the Camino can take a steeper, more direct route



One of the many jettied houses in El Acebo



Interesting variety of outside staircases (many houses have animals on the ground floor and humans upstairs)







The refugio Meson El Acebo





Still downhill with the Camino taking short cuts

Riego del Ambrós - the Meson Ruta Santiago



Flowers

Flowers

Distant views

Yet another cross

Very up-and-down scenery

Flowers



Flowers

Flowers

Entrance to Molinaseca - also very interested in a better-groomed way

Shells set in to the railings along the Camino



The Romanesque Puente de Peregrinos

Main street

Things become a bit urban on the 8 km to Ponferrada



Ponferrada was the end of this bicycle section of my Camino. I returned on foot at the end of August to complete the last 205 km (122 miles) of the Camino, and also to go on by bicycle to Finisterre. This ALSA bus is a reminder of the excellent long-distance bus services in Spain - this company has a website at www.alsa.es. I and my bicycle rode all the way back to Bilbao, with sightseeing time there and in Leon.
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