Just Right – Oct. 20, 2022

  • Day 5: Madrid
  • Weather: 65 degrees / light rain

Museo Sorolla was just right. After his death, his private home became a museum. The museum’s architecture and balance of elegance with comfort were much to my liking. Oh, to have lived in such a house with such an artist.

Sorolla’s paint brushes as he would have kept them.
The Horse’s Bath, a favor.
Sorolla’s garden. Like me he much preferred working outside.

Runner’s Bond- Oct. 18, 2022

  • Day 3: Madrid
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees / blue sky

All runners are like the international Hash House Harriers forming instant connections with other runners. Madrid’s running Coach Javi Rondi and I met walking the Portugués Camino 2022. I joined his running team in Madrid before their evening run. What a pity not to have my Hokas.

Javi (3rd on left) and his team.
Javi (left), a teammates (right), and I meeting on the Portugués Camino, October 12, 2022
Evening runs in Parque de El Retiro.

Personality – Oct. 18, 2022

  • Day 3: Madrid
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees / overcast, blue sky

Personality plus best describes these buildings. With grandiose buildings, my eyes constantly rove. These buildings capture my focus, attention, and appreciate.

There’s the difference between looking and seeing.
Personality not grandeur.
Spanish beauty.
I’ll have what she’s having.
Floor tile. “Eight pointed star” or “X?”

Grandiose – Oct. 17, 2022

  • Day 2: Madrid
  • Weather: 65-80 degrees / overcast, light rain, blue sky

Grandiose well describes Madrid. The scale of buildings centuries old goes beyond my ability to capture by camera. Touring Palacio Real de Madrid is like Versailles on steroids. Madrid’s central area is walking friendly. A walk so dissimilar to past weeks of walking Portugués Camino.

Palacio Real de Madrid
Only one flag…King isn’t in Madrid.

Decompression – Oct. 16, 2022

  • Day 1: Santiago de Compostelle to Madrid
  • Distance: 360 miles
  • Time: 9 hours
  • Weather: 65 degrees / overcast and light rain

Decompression is necessary after a solitude journey. Going home would be too abrupt. A neutral place allowing the experiences to settle is wise. The nine hour bus ride to Madrid began the thought process. Unbeknownst I rode through towns from my first Camino in 2014…Arzua, Lugo, Ponferrada, and Astoria. Haunting! Contrasting the similarities and difference helps sort my 2022 Portugués Camino.

Madrid tile street signs are non-reader friendly.
Madrid tile street signs are non-reader friendly.
Madrid tile street signs are non-reader friendly.
Madrid tile street signs are non-reader friendly.
Madrid street builder.

Jerónimos Monastery – Sept. 13, 2022

  • Day 3: Lisbon
  • Weather: 65-80 degrees / blue skies with clouds, windy

The Jerónimos Monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama. He was the first European to sail around Africa to India. Vasco da Gama died in India during his third voyage. His body, albeit well salted, was brought back to be buried at Jerónimos Monastery.

Jerónimos Monastery
Tomb of Vasco da Gama
Cloister of Jerónimos Monastery
Tower and Cloister of Cloister of Jerónimos Monastery
The Portugués Cavalry parades when a foreign dignitary is being presented at Jerónimos Monastery.
What luck to be at the right spot at the right time for this unscheduled event.

Walking Tour – Sept. 13, 2022

  • Day 3: Lisbon
  • Weather: 65-80 degrees / blue skies with clouds, windy

Both walking tours in Lisbon are exceptional. They bring order to a maze of streets while adding historical content. Our guide calls attention to the sepia photographs quietly displayed on city walls. Increases in tourism…increases in rents. Affordable rents are declining as accommodations are being flipped for profitable Airb&b’s. These portraits of locals help establish laws preserving a portion of housing as affordable.

Growth vs. affordable housing.
Reputation built on the custard pies.
Watching the baker.
A good Lisbon Walking Tour must include the infamous custard pie.
Windy day in Lisbon.

Rain – Sept. 12, 2022

  • Day 2: Lisbon
  • Weather: 65-80 degrees / thunderstorms with downpour, overcast

Driving rain sent me purchasing the first in a series of €5 umbrellas. When the rains stops, each umbrella became the latest donation. Travel light.

Dressed for rain.
Clutching my first “donation” umbrella. My motto is, “Use it or loose it.”
Dodging umbrellas.
Even Gortex rain gear could not handle today’s fierce rain. I am willing to carry extra weight for an extra layer of rain gear. It takes two Decathlon Sport Stores before I am able to buy the last rain poncho in Lisbon.