DAY 25: Friday, June 19 2015. Rest day in Portomarin

One of the blessings of casa rurals is that there is no street noise.
In the early morning it is very quiet. It seems the roosters are not up at the crack of dawn here—- so we slept later than usual. What a treat!
More to add to the goodness of this day— we cannot use the washing machine, but the cleaning folks will do our laundry. Halleleujah!! Walking the Camino makes being able to wash and dry your clothes a major accomplishment!
After a relaxing breakfast watching the morning mist rise from the river, once again, we daringly caught a ride in the motor contraption with the chef who had errands to do in town. Delana kept her eyes closed most of the way.
After a visit to the cathedral off the town square we settled at a cosy table
outside and over coffee caught up on our blog and post cards to our grandchildren.
Later for a snack Rod ordered a “racione” ( a side or portion) of eel, the specialty— caught right in the Mino River. Delana decided eel was most likely a seafood to which she was allergic …..and opted for the incredibly delicious Galician cheese.
There are now “new” pilgrims joining on the walk, in the alburgues and the hotels. The Spanish schools are out for summer vacation as of today and many of the older students now walk the Camino, with a few friends or with a school or church group. Also, as we were warned by the guide books and veteran pilgrims, that from here on there are “tourigrims”—-pilgrims on guided tours, walking and bussing. Sometimes this is said with a bit of disdain. We are of the mind that everyone does their own Camino and it matters not how they do it—100km or 800km. Perhaps, because we were expecting hordes, so far we do notice more people at rest stops but the way is not crowded.
We could not have had our rest day in a nicer little town, nor at a lovelier casa rural.

Such a beautiful and restful rural hotel this was our balcony sitting area overlooking the courtyard.
Such a beautiful and restful rural hotel this was our balcony sitting area overlooking the courtyard.
” these boots are made for walking” …. They haven’t let us down yet. Backup by the way, are Tevas.
The courtyard - that's our balcony above.
The courtyard – that’s our balcony above. So tranquil 😀😀
A new area and new foods! Here we are trying eels and a local cheese to die for. Other new food groups include: octopus, Spanish anchovies, pigs cheeks, and salted blanched peppers.
A new area and new foods! Here we are trying eels and a local cheese to die for. Other new food groups include: octopus, Spanish anchovies, pigs cheeks and salted blanched peppers.
The 'new' set of stairs leading to the new city site, high above the flooded valley. Last thing we wanted to do was to climb 50 stairs after a long days walk!
The ‘new’ set of stairs leading to the new city site, high above the flooded valley. Theses were painstakingly taken apart and reassembled to lead up to the newly relocated town on high ground. ( Last thing we wanted to do was to climb 50 stairs after a long days walk! )  The original intent of the dam was to produce hydro electric power. Got to give Spain credit, over 25% of all power produced comes from wind and solar. That compares to 3 % for Canada! 
View of the inside of the 800 year old church that was dismantled, moved from the flood plain and rebuilt brick by brick in its current location. We thought that the colour of the stained glass was stunning and most unusual.
View of the inside of the 800 year old church that was dismantled, moved from the flood plain and rebuilt brick by brick in its current location. We thought that the colour of the stained glass was stunning and most unusual.
The view from the dining room - that's the lake formed by the dam that flooded the valley with over 25 feet of water.
The view from the dining room – that’s the lake formed by the dam that flooded the valley with over 25 feet of water.
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