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Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Spain  , Castile-León,
Monday, January 3, 2011

We battled the cold into Astorga, the air was dense and icy, perhaps you could see only 200m until it was white. Astorga has an awesome castle we had pinpointed that was designed by none other than Antoni Gaudi. A serious lack in colourful tiles or rainbow lizards, but the building was unmistakably his.

We drove deeper north to an intimidating city called Leon. It took us some time to find a park, we almost considered calling it a loss and leaving like we did in Porto, but eventually we found a place.
The air temp was 4C at the best of times, but there was no wind, so it was easy to rug up. The main attraction for us there was the Santa Maria de la Regla cathedrale, a 13th century church built over roman baths, which boasts some 1800 square metres of vibrant stained-glass. We were a gasp when we got inside. Even on the most cloudy day, the walls shone with intricate colour. Very spectacular, one of the best stained-glass churches we've seen, and barely a soul inside.

The route we travel is called the Camino de Santiago, and it is a world renowned pilgrimage road. And although we are driving it in reverse we still get to enjoy the wondrous place that make up this spiritual journey.
So how appropriate to buy our own pilgrim shell to display in the car. Perhaps only to ward off conscientious Christian car thieves.
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