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Photo of the Day 305

Built directly into solid rock. 

Known as Church of the Rock – Rock Church and Temppeliakio. 

I think the designers were channeling Frank Lloyd Wright.

October 31, 2016

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Camino Santiago Portugues Day 6

We start our mornings at 7 and head to the closest cafe for coffee and breakfast that’s coffee with milk – 2 sugars and a pastry. 

We have yet to burn off the calories we eat in one day. I know this because my Fitbit tells me so.

Today we had to walk 5 miles before we found a cafe. Chappy needing his daily coffee fix almost sprinted there – we’ve decided for the rest of the Camino to dangle a cup of coffee in front of him to get him to pick up the pace.

Another beautiful day. The mornings are cool and the breeze keeps us comfortable as the sun takes over the day.
 This day the Camino took us through small towns, ugly rural housing, a short trail (still muddy in places) and industrial areas. Pavement – lots of pavement.

A generous man, Nelson, stopped his car and gave each of us a plastic bag with a bottle of cold water and 2 apples – the timing was perfect! 

I’ve decided that our bodies are equipped to walk 9 miles! Anything beyond that is torture.

34,294 steps and 14.59 miles. Chappy said my Fitbit is a POS and we actually went 15.3 miles today. 

Darrell found us a modern hotel in Aqueda – we are sleeping like tourists tonight – not pilgrims.

Bill asking for directions – 100% language barrier


 

Appropriately named Iceland

WOW Air red-eye from Baltimore to Reykjavik screams party right?

The airport to town center is a 50 minute drive through endless lava fields hugging a frigid coastline.

Layering up was no match for the cold – wind gusts threw us around like drunken sailors. Thank goodness we only had a quick 25 hour stay. 

First on the list was the magnificent Harpa Concert Hall – glass, mirrors and more glass.

The town is spotless with yummy dining choices – plenty of cafes to thaw out – multitude of wool sweater stores – corrugated steel sided minimalistic architecture – cool street art

 

and a cut to the chase newspaper..

We dipped our toes in the Icelandic culture and plan to return to see the Northern Lights.