The Camino Santiago de Compostela, northern route, is noted for its natural beauty. The Basque countryside amazes Las Chicas with daily ocean views, greetings from four-legged and winged friends, intriguing rock formations, abundant plants and flowers and some surprises.
Early Day One we begin our travels from Irun and quickly depart the city, entering a small park.
Later in the day we catch our first glimpse of the northern Atlantic, Bay of Biscay.
A range of wild and cultivated flowers adorn the trails each day.
Animal life is abundant. Our first kitten greeters …
and chickens on the opposite side of the path leading into Donostia or San Sebastian.
The San Sebastian beach where Las Chicas take an afternoon dip.
Other great sights in San Sebastian include rock strata turned sideways due to movement of tectonic plates.
Despite the rain, we seek out the”Comb of the Wind” .
Haizeen orrazia (The comb of the wind) by Educardo Txillida
One of many amazing hydrangea varieties.
First burro sighting
Even the medieval roads are lovely, although not very easy on the legs.
Flysch rock formations captivate Las Chicas …
… in Zumaia.
Stellar views and great shades of hydrangea.
We enjoy Gallinas Japonesas (also known as “Silkies”) at an albergues…
… and dragonflies along the trail…
… sheep in conference …
… and herons in solitude.
We encounter surprises like Eucalyptus forests….
…and kiwi orchards…
… and arrows in unexpected places.
We enjoy sweet mornings, view from a window at the albergue,
and mist on the hills.
As we reluctantly approach the end of our journey, we are greeted by one more sweet friend.
Finally, Bilbao’s Guggenheim and the flower-filled Puppy offer us a gentle transition back to the city.
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