Burgos Cathedral, Santa Maria, building began in 1221
The High Altar built in 1580 during the Renaissance
The High Altar
The elaborate Golden Staircase in the north transept, built in the 1488
El Cid's Tomb
Tomb of Don Pedro Hernandez de Velasco. the Constable of Castile, and wife Dona Mencia de Mendoza in the Cathedral's Capilla del Condestable
Octogon Dome in the Cathedral's Capilla del Condestable
Ceiling in the Main Sacristy
Arco de Santa María, the gateway to Burgos' Old Town
Where everyone takes their evening paseo (stroll) in Burgos
The Constable's house where Christopher Columbus met with Isabella and Ferdinand after returning from his 2nd voyage to the New World
View from the park near Burgos Castle perched above the city
Park by Burgos Castle
The Royal Monastery of Las Huelgas
This was where the Spanish kings went to relax, as well as a place for spiritual retreats.
The River Arlanzón
Cartuja Santa Maria de Miraflores (Monastery) built in 15th Century in the Gothic style
The Carthusian Monastery is home to 20 cloistered monks. Before the building was ceded to the Carthusian order, it was the hunting lodge of King Juan II who built this palace in the early 15th Century.
Saint Bruno, founder of the Carthusian order
The High Altar, completed in 1499
Too much going on here to explain! God (on left) and Holy Spirit (on right) are holding the Cross. Mary and St. John are at the bottom on either side. 4 scenes of the Passion are displayed. All within a circle of Angels.
St. Luke the Evangelist with the text of the Annunciation (Lk 1, 26-38)
The Royal Tombs of King Juan II and second wife, Isabel, a Portugese princess. The endless details are beautiful!
King Juan II
Isabel of Portugal
Blessed Mother nursing the Infant Jesus which the monks invoke as Our Lady of Miraflores
A column from the Royal Tomb portrays Cathusian monks in prayer
Monk in prayer
Mausoleum of Prince Alfonso, son of Juan II and Isabel
The Annunciation by Pedro Berruguete
The Board - Hung beside the Church door designates the intention of the Mass each monk would celebrate. Painting above depicts the Last Supper at the moment when Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Mary nursing Baby Jesus
17th Century frescos in the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Miraflores... WOW, WOW, WOW!!!
Zubizuri Bridge (White Bridge) features a glass walkway.... NO THANKS!!!! ;-)
Seriously would not be taking these steps! Thanks, I'll walk out of my way!
The Guggenheim Museum - Frank Gehry was architect
The flower-based sculpture of 'Puppy' by Jeff Koons was supposed to temporary but residents loved it and demanded it be a permanent display.
Hotel Casa de Marquis
Only clients allowed passed the rope! Yea, I'm one of them!!!
Garden View from my Balcony
500 year old stairway in the hotel
What a lovely hotel!
Santillana del Mar... a beautiful medieval town!
Claustro Romanico de la Colegiata
Here we go.... my first Convent cookies of the trip!
Monestary of the Poor Claires
There's the lazy susan to order through to the left and the selections to the right...
Woohoo! Here are my choices!
And.... drum roll, please.... my purchase is...
Oh so yummy almond cookies!
Awww.... how cute is this little guy????
Sneaking a peek into someone's backyard in S del M!
On the Camino del Santiago! Between Santillana del Mar and Comillas
Woman selling Fish in the town of Comillas
Not really a beach day by any means - rain!
The marina in Comillas
A fisherman coming in with the day's catch!
Everybody's waiting to see the catch!
C'mon, man! We're waiting! The old village men have given up by now!
Selling her bread out of her van in the middle of the road... or what there is of a road!
Driving through the Picos de Europa, a beautiful mountain range
The Roman Bridge in Cangas de Onis
From the central arch hangs a reproduction of the famous Victory Cross, a work of precious metal dating to the start of the 10th century that is kept in Oviedo Cathedral
Hermitage of Santa Cruz
Chapel of San Antonio in Cangas de Onis
Our Lady of Covadonga - Cathedral from the Shrine
Our Lady of Covadonga - the shrine
The date is changed every day!
Melia Hotel in Oviedo
Market day in Oviedo! My favorite days!
Looks like they'd be happier if I was buying instead of photographing!
Restaurant by the market
That is a lot of Chorizo!!!
Church of San Isidoro El Real
Retablo de Lourdes with St. Bernadette
Selling his catch
Bringing the milk to market
San Juan de Real - Oviedo
San Julian de los Prados Church from 9th Century
Santa Maria del Naranco -Built originally as part of a summer palace for Ramiro I in the 9th century
Originally the chapel of a 9th C. royal palace
Church of San Miguel de Lillo in Naranco
Woohoo!!! The Cider Street!!!
"Throwing" the cider to aerate it and enhance the bouquet
They'll be dancing in the street!
Maybe served too much cider?
San Juan el Real church in Oviedo, Asturias
Pelayo, a Visigothic nobleman, founded the Kingdom of Asturias, ruling it from 718 AD until his death
Throwing the Sidra!
Gijon Outdoor Museum - Traditional horreo raised on stilts to keep field mice from getting at the grain
Built in the 1800's
Making the sidra!
The Cider House
Gijon Outdoor Museum
Mountain shelters for shepherds and cow herders
Mountain hut for shepherds and cow herders
Cider, Bagpipers, and Food.... who needs more?
They sell EVERYTHING here... cars, tractors, bedding, clothes... you name it, you can buy it! Very bizarre!
A small pan of paella!
Lots and lots of food stands
Tractors... I wasn't kidding!
Keep the kids entertained while you shop
Or while you stop for a quick beer on a hot day!
Gijon's beach gets a bit crowded!
Market Day in Gijon!
I love market days!
The nice lady I bought Chorizo from
St. Thomas Church
Aviles Town Hall
St. Nicholas de Bari
Festival in Aviles
Pigs feet... and legs, apparently?
The kids are having fun!
"Tetilla" cheese named to revenge a prudish priest who, seven centuries ago, told a sculptor at the cathedral to redo a statue that he considered too buxom. Ever since, the townsfolk have shaped their cheese like exactly what the priest didn't want them to see carved in stone.
Ermita de la Virgen Blanca
Sits high above Luarca guarding her bay
Marina view from my hotel room
Fun everywhere! Another outdoor concert in the Plaza!
All roads lead to Santiago
Be it a shell, the symbol of St. James
Just follow the pilgrim's routes
A simple arrow painted on a road or wall...
Or a footprint leading the way for you
Cathedral of St. James
St. James, high above the Cathedral
Step here to mark the end of your Camino
We Have Arrived!
Pilgrims arriving in the Plaza of St. James Cathedral
We did it!!!
500 miles on foot or bike or horse.... a very long and emotional journey
What a journey
Even on a bicycle built for two
Wearing the garb of St. James
Outside the Office of the Peregrino, pilgrims have discarded their walking sticks
Looking pretty good awaiting their certifications.... guess they didn't have a long hike this morning!
Waiting for their certifications of completing the Camino
Reviewing her Credencial del Peregrino (passport) while waiting for her Compestela (certification)
His Credencial del Peregrino
Another pilgrim with his Credencial del Peregrino
She has every right to be proudly displaying her Credencial del Peregrino
And, it all comes down to this Compostela (certificate)
This is it!
Cathedral from my hotel room
It is a massive Cathedral
Hugging the Saint... startled me when he popped up while taking this photo!
Tomb of St. James
Botafumeiro - one of the largest in the world, those pilgrims used to get quite ripe!
The Portico of Glory at western entrance to Cathedral
The Portico interprets passages from Revelations
Pregnant Virgin Mary
The real Botafumeiro is kept in the Library when not being used during a Pilgrims' Mass
The Hospital of the Catholic Monarchs from 1499 built to house the many sick pilgrims arriving in Santiago, today is a luxury hotel
Crusader James, the Moor-Slayer
Legend has it, centuries after his death, St. James appeared from heaven and massacred Muslim foes of Spain
University of Santiago de Compostela
Universdade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain's third oldest University
Cross is where clothes of medieval pilgrims were burned after arriving in an age of frightful diseases and filthy pilgrims
A woman sitting on St. James tomb holding a star, a symbol of the city
San Domingos de Bonaval Monastery
A unique triple staircase
Provided privacy to various hierarchies of the monks
Depending on which one you were allowed to use!
Tunas, caped university students sing traditional songs around town
Long line at the side door to get into the Pilgrims' Mass
Yea! It's Market Day!
This chicken is not running around with his head cutoff!
How cool is this? Old scales still being used!
Pimentos de padron, delicious when deep fried and eaten as a pintxos (snack) with a glass of wine
He's so big that they named him!
Lunch! What a line of customers he had!
Octopus, cut up and served with a little paprika, salt and olive oil
Waiting for the Pilgrims' Mass
The Tunas are playing again!
Walking back to the hotel
Side entance of Cathedral on Praza da Inmaculada
Terrific mussels at Tarara Restaurant
Excellent grilled Gambas (shrimp)
And delicious Creme Caramel with a half bottle of wine for 15 euros!
Seriously good!!! Mussels in bechamel, lightly breaded and deep fried at La Penela
Maria Pita slew Sir Francis Drake who tried to plant Britain's flag here in 1589
Torre de Hercules, the world's only Roman-era lighthouse
Built during Roman Emperor Trajan's reign, who was born in Spain in 98 AD
This does not look comfortable!
Cute, little town I stumbled upon on my way to Astorga
The local church
Down the road from the cute, little town is a cute little church!
The Archbishop's Palace designed by Antonio Gaudi in 1889
15th Century Cathedral in Astorga
From my hotel room overlooking Plaza Mayor
Sketching his Casa de Botines
Gaudi's Casa de Botines
San Isidoro de Real, 11th century Romanesque basilica
San Marcos, 16th C Monastery built by Ferdinand to shelter pilgrims walking the Camino, now a gorgeous Parador (hotel)
Cloister in the Parador
A weary pilgrim along the Camino
Leon's Cathedral, Gothic style begun in 1205 AD
Upper Cathedral has more stained glass than stone!
Valladolid's Cathedral begun in 1527
Another festival that I'll miss! Buildings going up all over town!
Looks like it will be fun! And starting fairly soon
Church of San Pablo
Church and Monastery of San Benito de Real
Not sure why he's looking so happy
Really? They have a cute little ceramic lamb to the right of the these poor guys?
Christopher Columbus' home where he died
Replica of one of Columbus' ships
Columbus' last home
Colegio de San Gregorio
Vision of the Final Judgement - Resurrection of the Dead
Why can't I live here???
Cavalry Academy is a military school
La Parrillo de San Lorenzo restaurant
Miguel Cervantes lived here, author of Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha)
The famous Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses)
Ohhhh.... no, thanks. I will not be walking across that pedestrian bridge!
Suspended over the cliffs below
Santa Maria de Gracia Cathedral, Gothic 12th century
Ornate and beautiful ceiling
Very unique ceiling in this chapel
Mailbox in the town wall
The Dominican monks of San Pablo lived here, the foot bridge was built as a convenience to them