Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Puente la Reina to Villatuerta


I left the Albergue at about 6:45 and found my way through town pre-dawn. How lovely to come across the bridge with the reflection in the water.

Bridge is reflecting in the water.
The early morning light made me think that I should leave early every day.

The morning light is beautiful.


A view of the church and hills in the background.
I loved the view of Cirauqui from a distance looking over the fields of grapes.

I loved the view of Cirauqui from a distance looking over the fields of grapes.
I walked slowly through the town taking in the arches and narrow streets.

There were narrow streets in Cirauqui.

I loved the archways in Cirauqui.
Soon it became much warmer and the sun was beating down on all of us on the trail.

It was a hot Day on Trail to Vilatuerta
Soon I caught up with John and Helene, new friends from Albany who I met on the last Portlandia American Pilgrim stroll in Portland the day before I left. They had soaked their feet in the water under the bridge.

John and Helene were soaking their feet.
We walked on and had lunch together at a cafe. I only had about 4.5 km. more to go.

I only walked 16.5 km today but I was thoroughly ready to stop when I arrived at La Casa Magica by about 1:15. There were no more steps in my body. It is magical place indeed. Simone called a taxi for me to go to the post office in Estella and I retrieved my sun glasses. Then I did laundry and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.

I am looking forward to my fish dinner with about 19 other pilgrims.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

9 thoughts on “Puente la Reina to Villatuerta

  1. Nancy, Your pictures are magical, indeed…


  2. I love your blog, Nancy. Your energy and enthusiasm is invigorating! Enjoy.


  3. Love your blog! The NYT did an article about the Camino today, mentioned how crowded it has become. I’ll save it for you.


  4. I’m so enjoying your photos, Nancy, and your narrative of places and people – thanks for sharing these lovely moments along your journey!


  5. Lovin the pictures. Keep on truckin’ and sending pics.


  6. How lovely were your photos! I have also been rousting myself out of bed early this summer to get the great light of the early morning.



  7. Wow, what an incredible experience. Aren’t you glad you did this? We are amazed at all the fabulous people you have met. Keep going. You’re doing great! You are also doing a super job on your photos! Well done!
    Thank you for your posts.
    Linda and Jim


  8. thats pretty


  9. Nancy, I eagerly look forward to your day-by-day accounts and all the wonderful photos. I’m so happy that you are having such a grand time. Jerry and I are up at Stowe hiking the rim of Mt Mansfield – the old man – the nose, upper and lower lips and chin and thinking of you while we scramble over all the rocks.

    Keep up the travelogue.




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