A King’s Lodging

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Tricastela to Sarria
Day 40

Another taxi, this time from Tricastela to Sarria.

We are staying in the only high-end hotel of this trip, the four- star Hotel Alfonso IX. Once checked in, we enjoyed the hotel’s fluffy towels and commodious bathroom, a huge step up from the modest arrangements of our previous lodgings.

I headed out for a 7:30 pm pilgrims’ mass, which was held at a very small church. There were more pilgrims here than I had seen in days. I stopped in at a larger church, Santa Marina, on the way to the pilgrims’ mass in order to ask for my Sarria sello (stamp) for my Camino passport.

James met me for dinner. We had a lovely tapas meal, accompanied by sangria. Nothing better, to my way of thinking.

On the way back to the hotel, we came across a youth group that was singing in a plaza. We had seen the same group in Tricastela, but hadn’t realized they were a choral group. We listened to them for a while, with James offering musical commentary, before heading back to our hotel.

7,162 steps today

July 10: Tricastela to Sarria

Additional photos from this day can be viewed at https://wp.me/P7rs4v-sK.

Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

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