Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 11: Alcuéscar to Aldea de Cano (15 Kms)

Our night at the Benedictine Monestary in Alcuéscar was surprising. The hospiitalero, who spoke quite good French (according to Giselle) as well as Spanish, told us that dinner would be served at 7:30. We thought this would be a very simple meal, but not exactly. It was just the four of us at table, Robin, myself, Giselle and our hospiitalero. He wheeled in a cart that had everything on it. It had large platters of macaroni with meat sauce, grilled pork, salad, garlic soup, cheese, fruit, and bread. Only water was served to drink (sorry this dropped a star in the rating). It was a great meal that took us off to bed with with very full stomachs. Our room was a tiny cell with two beds and a sink. Our down sleeping bags provided the necessary warmth, and off to sleep we went.


We were let out at 8:00, and crossed the street to a restaurant for a coffee and some toast. That set us up for today's short walk to Aldea del Cano. We picked up the arrows that led us past a very small bullring and out into the countryside. It was an easy walk but somehow both Robin and I lacked yesterday's energy. Who knows? Nonetheless we moved along following the twists and turns (no ups and downs) passing Roman bridges and millarios (mile markers) until we raised Aldea in the distance. We angled off the Camino into town (a very quiet town, BTW), and after a bit of walking around knocked on the door of a Casa Rural and there within found our beds for the night. There is an albergue just as you enter town. The key can be found at the Restaurante Las Vegas just opposite. It seems as though there has always been at least one albergue open so far and usually it has only been occupied by one or two of our group traveling together. Pretty much like private lodging. Tomorrow we will reach Cáceres and hold up for an extra day's rest. Quiet day today but quite pleasant. Clothes are on the line drying and we are taking a short siesta (at least I will be once this is posted).

Looking back this morning
Stopped for a chat
Cases de Don Antonio
Almost there
Aldea Del Cano
Home for tonight


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