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Triacastella to San Mamed del Camino through Samos

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We left the Atizenea (which is Basque for stone house) Albergue when it was still dark and went out for breakfast. Maggie and Martina took the main route. Maggie had a broken her toe some days ago and didn’t want any extra km. I took the alternative route to Samos to see the one of the oldest and largest Benedictine monasteries in Spain. The first part (3.5 km.) of the route was along the main road. The rest was mostly along the River Oribio. I really enjoyed the peaceful 9.8 km walk.

Bridge over river to Samos

River on way to Samos

I passed this church along the way.

Church on way to Samos

And this old building

Old building on way to Samos


Soon the Monastery came into view and I walked into Samos.   It was surprising to me that it was only 11:00 when I arrived.

Monastery at Samos

I had planned to sleep in Samos. I took the tour of the Monastery and it was still only noon. So I decided to go on another 6.5 km to the Paloma y Lena private Albergue. What a delightful oasis.

Paloma y Lena private Albergue

There was a large area of grass with many chairs to use for relaxation along with a living room. I relaxed on the front porch with the free tea and biscuits until dinner time.

Porch at Paloma y Lena private Albergue

I enjoyed talking with a woman, Pam, from northern Florida. I loved the delicious lentil soup, salad, Quiche, tortilla, and almond cake that we had for our community dinner. I really thought I had come down with the cold that was going around because I couldn’t get 5 minutes away from the roll of toilet paper. I actually thought of staying another day at this wonderful place, but discovered that they were having a wedding there and booked for the whole weekend. Coming here instead of staying in Samos was a great decision. I had such a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon. The owner said if I didn’t feel well in the morning, I could hang out for a while and he would drive me someplace. What a nice offer. One of the young men at the Albergue played guitar for a while after dinner and then I was off to bed.

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.

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