|Beautiful weather and scenery throughout our day!|
|San Xulian Church. Read the legend below. Witches, murder and redemption!|
The legend of St Xulian is that he was cursed at birth by a witch to kill his parents. When he learned of it,he ran far away to avoid this happening. Many years later, his parents heard of his whereabouts and set out to see him in Northern Spain. On arrival, he was out hunting, so his wife allowed them inside to rest on their bed. When St Xulian returned, his wife was away and he found a couple sleeping in his marital bed. He assumed his wife was cheating and killed them both, thus fulfilling the curse. He therefore established 7 pilgrim hospitals and legend says, an angel visited him late in life to announce God's forgiveness. He was beatified and canonized years later.
|The fog made us feel like we were passing through an enchanted forest.|
|The symbol of the hiker on the Way is the clam shell. Here someone has built one the size of the McDonald arches onto the roof of the house.|
|El Camino and the Oaks|
|An important marker for those doing the last 100km--the halfway point to Santiago.|
|Notice the yellow arrow on the house below the window. Pilgrims follow the yellow arrows, usually spray painted either onto the road itself or a convenient sign post, tree or wall. Here it is displayed well on someone's home.|
|A gnome playing sax? It's not the craziest thing we saw! See below!|
|By far the weirdest thing on the camino. A pilgrim hiking in his panties.|
|The Roman bridge at Furelos, just outside Melide.|
|Razor clams, A melide specialty!|
|Santiago cake--Paul is IN LOVE with it.|
|Roman coins in the Melide museum collection. This museum is very interesting and has all sorts of things including an exhibit of Melide in the movies...Lotsa films done here.|
|Paul listens to the Victorola|
|Mahon reward for 10 miles well done.|
|A local channeling Paul--the best wine store in town is closed for the day until Monday. Despondency prevails,|
|A local yokel en route to a funeral. A very proud lady focused on remaining upright and coifed en route.|
Daily mediation: Sarah wife of Abraham. Paul's observation is not to give anything away unless it is freely given. Mine- Abraham gave Sarah to Pharoah his wife for number of years for rich rewards. Sarah gave Abraham her handmaid for mating purposes. Ishmeal and continued jealousy and problems were born. Basically, an INDECENT proposal isn't just between Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore and Robert Redford. Any proposal that minimizes someone's worth will result in pain. Cheery thoughts!
Paul's Ponderings: Whew, a lot shorter day when compared to yesterday! Can't say that Melide is a lovely town, but we had a great dinner in what seemed to be a backyard of a local, complete with local wine. Another short day tomorrow is on the horizon, then we have two days to finish it out!
|Last night's shared dinner in somebody's backyard. A burger and grilled veggies!|
|The local wines are stunningly good and really cheap. THis bottle was about $10. Often the wine is free with your pilgrim meal which is gargantuan, 2 courses and a dessert for $10. And, even better...(see below)|
|It's the only wine in the world that is 13% alcohol AND makes you SOBER! It's right on the label!|