|Akina showing off her true colours!|
|Castle above Barcience built in the 15th century |
by the counts of Cifuentes,
whose emblem was the lion.
and used for artillery in the 16th century.
|The church as you enter Barcience|
|The church in Torrijos|
|Cressa joins us at the cafe with THE most delicious|
coffee and fresh doughnuts! Head along the camino from
the church and call in - it's the first cafe on your right!
|Ayuntamiento - Palace of King Pedro I|
Torrijos was possibly originally a celtic settlement. It's main foundation is Roman with the name Torrijos coming from the Latin word "turris". Of the Roman remains are the aqueduct, various bits of roadway, burials and coins. It also experienced the Visigoths (who called it "the Fates") and the Arabs (then having the place names of) "Cerro de la Atalaya or Mora Encantada", "Valdeolí" or "Valley of Ali" and "Almendraba" or "Medrano.
The Ayuntamiento building is the old palace of King Pedro I and it was the residence of the kings of Castile after the erection of the fortress-palace by Alfonso XI in commemoration of the victory against the benimerines Salado (1340) - info from the Ayuntamiento but I can't vouch for the translation page! The town had two synagogues, a mosque and a Gothic-Mudejar temple under the patronage of the town's patron saint, San Gil Abad, sadly now none of which exist. Juan II resided frequently in the so-called Palace of Pedro I and enlisted the help of Torrijos in their struggles against rebellious nobles and the city of Toledo.
|The Barcience round a bout|
|The mountains ahead that we were due to cross in|
a few days
|Kaishi in her favourite rest|
position taking an afternoon nap
|Me enjoying my bocadillo in the|
sunshine on a perfect sunny day
with great views (by the way that
cheese is blow your socks off stuff!)
Route change info - Pilgrims take note of the following:
|Kaishi next to the last marker we saw before having to call|
the support vehicle - GR marker. After this all arrows
and red and white GR markers disappeared
|The dogs also like to have an afternoon nap after a day's|
Carretera de Extremadura, Km 67.200
925 79 06 63
|The "new" route - continues straight and|
then heads along the carretera into
As supper time is so late in Spain and we are usually finished around 14.00 hrs, after a shower and getting sorted out I'm usually tucked up around 15.00 and sleep until 20.00. I try to write some notes for the day and read a little if I can, but sometimes the day just demands sleep and the chance to warm up. Michael found the perfect little olive grove that night where the dogs could play a little and took the most wonderful photograph of them all at supper time.
|The dogs dinner time at the olive grove camping ground |
outside of Maqueda