June 13, 2016: Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Walking along the Camino, we see tempting side paths.  It’s easy to get off the right route, if one is not careful.
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Fields of grain, stretching as far as the eye can see.  No fences.
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And poppies are always among the grain
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566 kilometers still to go.
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We love it when we see a town before us.  Rest and refreshment.
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We saw a lot of items abandoned along the Camino, but this was one of the strangest, a metal suitcase.  Who would attempt the Camino carrying or dragging a suitcase?  Why abandon it here?
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Having rocky outcroppings and abandoned objects in the middle of a field makes it difficult and dangerous to plow.
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This flatbed trailer, seemingly out of commission, carried a memorable license plate.
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Great entranceway.
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Naif style, but utterly charming.
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Santo Domingo himself, glowing golden
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What an honor to be buried in this cathedral
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James is the musician in the family, but I love books of all sorts.
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Arches march down the naive.
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More worthies from the past laid to rest in the cathedral.  Notice the cockle shell over one of them.
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This distinguished person gets not only a magnificent sarcophagus but also a stone canopy over his burial place.
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A different version of Santo Domingo.
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Up above, behind that frill, live the famous cock and hen of this cathedral.
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And this very old statue of Santo Domingo is lovely, too.
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With all of the very old statues and crypts in the cathedral, this very modern stained glass window of the cock and hen are a delightful surprise.
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Pointed arches.  I learned about them in art history class, decades ago.
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So many things to look at, from beautiful iron work, to arches, to gilded alcoves.
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Up above, looking over the town.  So plain on the outside, so rich on the inside.
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Church spires, simple and ornate