2016 Uncategorized

Day 39 – Leon, the City that Sleeps

No hanging around this morning. Breakfast was toast and jam and then we were on our way into  Leon. It’s the end of my Stage 5 so I have 2 nights here, a day of rest and a chance to explore this historic Paradore. It was built in the 12th century to shelter the pilgrims on the road to Santiago and then converted into a monastery and base for the Knights Templar in the 16th century. And every room has a bath. 
I’m not the only pilgrim staying here. One or two faces are recognisable from the upper bunks of the Albergues, discreetly eyeing up the wine list…

Albergue in Mansilla and the Mules
early morning exit from Mansilla and the Mules
Paradore sleeping quarters
farm building
Parador de Leon
 

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Pilgrim on the Via Francigena

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