Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spanish Sights

Spain ES-279788 received 03-08-2014

Sent by: adrumo
From: Cáceres, Spain
ID number: ES-279788
Notes: This rather imposing and unfriendly-looking building is the cathedral in the city of Plasencia in western Spain.  The city dates to the late 12th century, and boasts a double line of walls dating to 1197, and the remains of a Roman aquaduct.  Work on the current cathedral began in 1498, and it was being built while the old cathedral on the same site was being torn down.  The construction continued off and on until the 18th century, when the building project was abandoned, leaving a cathedral that was a mixture of the old and the new.


Spain - End of El Camino de Santiago, Fisterra

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington
Notes: Here is another card from my friend Ryan, sent while on one of his hikes.  Actually, this was sent from the end of the Camino de Santiago, a famous (and ancient) pilgrimage route to the city of Santiago de Compostela.  Fisterra (which comes from the Latin finis terrae, meaning land's end) is actually about 60 miles (98 kilometers) past Santiago de Compostela in far north-west Spain.  Many modern-day pilgrims on the Camino finish their hikes here. The body of water seen in these photos is the Atlantic Ocean, so it is not possible to walk any farther west...at least not without the aid of some SCUBA gear!

FYI, Ryan is currently re-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and if you'd like to read about his exploits, you can check out his blog here.  You'll have to go back to the entries from March to read about the A.T. from the beginning.  Or to read about his Camino hike, start in August of 2012.  He includes lots of photos in all of his entries.

2 comments :

Ryan said...

Your blog just keeps getting better and better! I don't know how you do it! =)

-- Ryan

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

Thanks, Ryan! So glad you are enjoying it. ;)