Sunday, October 18, 2015

Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias 10/18/2015

 Rainy Day in the Forests and Glens

Leaving Villafranca del Bierzo .... This is a view out our hotel room window of a building in ruins and "for sale " directly across the street 

Lobby of our 400 year old hotel in Villafranca del Bierzo

This is the morning light at 8:30 am

Crossing the bridge out of Villafranca

Bridge over the beautiful Rio Burbia leaving Villafranca del Bierzo

Looking back at Villafranca del Bierzo as we leave the city

Waterfall/dam Rio Burbia leaving Villafranca del Bierzo

Into the forests and glens we go & away from the city 

Mariah in awe of the river Rio Valcarce which we followed along for the entire day 

Mariah spots the sheep and their lambs

Garden of the day award!

Awe.... Mariah feels at home, she misses her chickens at home in Michigan

Quaint petite church of the day! It's Sunday and the doors are open! 

Beautiful Interior! Love the rock and stone against the beautiful wood beams!
Rustic bench seating

On the home stretch.... Balboa!

Beautiful glen with sheep and beautiful variety of trees taking on their fall colors!

Cows!.... We started to hear a symphony between the higher pitch sheep bells, the lower pitch cow bells and the sound of the river! .....such a beautiful sound as we walked in the misty rain!

Wow....after a 7 hour walk day we entered the Village of Herrerias and immediately came upon the most charming Inn and restaurant overlooking a meadow and a pretty village in the distance..... and to our excitement they had an available room for us! 

Views from Hotel Balcony on our floor 

Views of Dining Room from Balcony

Views out our hotel room window.... See Camino de Santiago road sign. We are in heaven tonight! ... Probably the nicest place we have stayed.... Lodging is unpredictable and we have really had a "wide range" of experiences in Pilgrim Alburgues and hotels on the Camino. Tonight is a REAL treat after a misty magical day by the forests, rivers and glens!
Happy Sunday to All!
Mary and Mariah
Grannies on Camino


  1. So glad you have such a beautiful place place to rest your body's and spirits.

  2. Beautiful Hotel Room - You capture the essence of your walk with every photograph! I feel like I am walking with you :)

  3. Wow! Balboa sign! The "magical" journey looks fantastic! Loving all the trees, gardens and paths! The small towns have a wonderful energy about them. Keep the strength and motivation going!!! Proud of you two!!! Here's to finding exceptional accommodations and enjoying all those new friendships!! Xo

  4. Awe... Thanks gals! It has been quite the journey in SO many ways.... I have been thinking and open to intuiting a personal description of the experience... A challenge to put into words. Love hearing from all of you!

  5. That looks amazing! How enchanting that is with the beautiful countryside!