Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Villafranca del Bierzo to Ruttelan


After a morning shower, taking a photo of the fantastic wood wall outside my room.  When they remodeled the home, they decided to keep as much of the structure as possible.  I love this wall.

Albergue Leo Wall

Pepe made huevos & tea for breakfast.  I said goodbye to Pepe and, with reluctance, left the wonderful Albergue Leo.

Villafranca is surrounded by green mountains or what we would call hills. .  There were three options for leaving Villafranca.  One  of them was suppose to be quite challenging so I cholse to take the middle (recommended) route because it said that the upper rout is poorly waymarked.

The rout I chose out of Villafranca was uphill 385 meters in about 8 km. and then back down for about 5 km. I am glad I stayed in Villafranca and did this walk it in the morning rather than yesterday afternoon. I was actually walking in the clouds with occasional views of the surrounding mountains.

Nancy on way to Rutelán

I loved walking through the groves of chestnut trees

Chestnut Trees

with some popping open.


I stopped to get fresh juice and eat some lunch in Trabadelo (11.7 km) which was the original goal for yesterday. I was feeling pretty good so I walked another 9 km. I am relaxing and charging the camera after my afternoon ice cream. There will be a shared meal (carrot soup, ensalada mixta with tuna and some kind of pasta) tonight at the Pequeno Polata Albergue. I love community dinners. There is usually great conversation and sometimes I can even understand what is being said. David from Ireland recommended this Albergue to me. The cook is singing as he cooks. I am sure that his singing will make the food taste better. Ruttelan is also surrounded by green hills.

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.

2 thoughts on “Villafranca del Bierzo to Ruttelan

  1. Hi Nancy! Looks like you are doing great and really enjoying the experience. Love your reports as we read them daily on our European sojourn.


  2. Loved the photo of the acorns popping out of their husk!


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