From the Meseta…into León

Before getting into our day, I have a question for you. If you wanted a picture of the perfect modern pilgrim, wouldn’t it look something like this…

Just had to do that.

Before getting into today, I’ve just got to tell you about our dinners the last two nights. Night before last John found an incredibly unique restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It was in what is known as a bodega, which looks a lot like a hobbit home (Lord of the Rings).

Apparently, bodegas were built centuries ago to store wine. The restaurant door and bar were to the left of this picture, and by the time I went there with John, he was already big buddies with the owner. Amazingly, the inside would have rivaled any upscale restaurant. The owner served us a three course meal (selections made by him) that was delicious. Memorable experience. And the only unanswered question was why the restaurant even exists in the middle of nowhere.

Last night we stayed in s lovely small hotel called Casa de Cura (decades before the current owners’ parents had bought the land and building from the church (Casa = home, de = from, Cura = Curia or Church).

The couple who currently run it were delightful and the decor was superb.

Sorry the picture isn’t better. The husband doubles as the cook and sings as he prepares and serves the food.

This picture is taken at the top of the stairs leading to the bedrooms. That’s John in the lower right hand corner, sitting across from our Irish friends Frank and Margaret, who just happened to be staying at the hotel. The large photo on the wall us of the wife’s grandfather bringing in hay.

The meal was just as good as the night before, my flan dessert was the best I had ever had, and the cook’s appearances to entertain us were delightful.

These pilgrimages are really hard to take!

Today we had 15 miles to cover over completely open country following a 2000 year old Roman road. With four sandwiches and extra water we set out at 7:00, about 30 minutes before sunrise. Fortunatly the path was easy to follow.

The countryside was pretty lackluster.

But we did take our breaks.

And ate our sandwiches.  The following picture shows what almost all our daytime sandwiches are: some form of ham, some kind of cheese, and bread. The only variable is whether the bread is fresh or stale (most of the time). However it does provide good energy.

The Roman road I referred to earlier actually paralleled the path we walked, and areas where there were still some hard remains of the road had a fence around them.

Finally we reached our destination. If you look closely you can see chairs in the alley indicating a bar where we could buy an ice cold beer, coke and large bottle of water.

Then it was on to our hotel.

León, at least what we can see of the older part of town, looks very interesting. Unfortunately, we will only get to look at what we can see as we are leaving tomorrow morning.

Blessings to all.