Leaving Sarria for Portamarin, Camino to Santiago De Compostela 

We walked past the Church of Santa Marina, past this wonderful mural and on to Portomarin today,  24k, 6.5 hrs, 36,500 steps. One if our longer days. The Galician countryside is beautiful, most beautiful were the stone bridges.

We have seen considerable more people on the walk. When I checked the statistics last night over 1700 people registered at the Camino office in Santiago de Compostela as having completed their walk on Sunday June 11th; 22% of those started their walk in Sarria, while 14% started in St. Jean Pied de Port. We are 6 days from arriving in Santiago de Compostela, I will let you know how many people arrive with us! 

Pilgrims on the streets of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Pilgrim on the streets of Santiago

Pilgrim on the streets of Santiago

We visited Santiago de Compostela again, the last time we visited the city we had finished walking the Camino Francis in the fall of 2012. This time, while we walked a portion of the Via la Plata we arrived in Santiago de Compostela by train. The memories of our previous visit came flooding back, seeing all the pilgrims/peregrinos with their backpacks making their way towards the Cathedral.  I especially love this picture as the wet cobblestone street and the sunlight create a beautiful curved line drawing our eye to the pilgrim with his backpack a sight while common in the city is still very special. Maybe it is just my memories playing tricks on me!