Alminhas, chapels, churches and manors

The Walker expresses his envy (from the Algarve) for seeing so much water running everywhere

T4: E10 – Aborim>>Ponte de Lima

Today I woke up to half a dozen roosters crowing, some still with voice of franguito, others already with a voice decent. At the hostel, they offered me a small ceramic Barcelos rooster. I'm really in cock country.



This part of the Camino is very beautiful, even when it takes in local tarred sections, cobblestone and cobbled sidewalks, always amidst the greenery of vegetable gardens and pastures. And how envious I am, water everywhere, running on the side of the road, coming out of the many taps and fountains that I find.



As the route is through the countryside, you can see corn and more corn grown. Yesterday, I thought it was strange that the man who said he was looking at the corn. Today a car passed me and stopped further ahead. The driver got out, went to the middle of the cornfield, crossed his arms and looked at the corn. Apparently, there is something special here that I don't understand.

In addition to corn, there is also a lot of wine. And it seems like it's time to sulfate the vines, as I've seen many tractors spreading the cloud of the product – in one of them I had to stop and wait, otherwise it would also be sulfated.

This about pilgrims seems to be happening in waves. There are days when there are many, on others there is almost no one. But we will meet. Today is the third time I've slept next to the American.

I find myself really appreciating the benches along the way. There are times when we need to take off our backpack and rest – and this comfort feels very good. But the happiest expression I saw today was a foreigner sitting on the grass with her feet in the water.



During today's 24 kilometers I passed through towns, places and villages with names like Vitorino dos Piães, I saw little souls, chapels, churches and manor houses and I arrived at Ponte de Lima, where, a few years ago, I had an epiphany when I saw a pilgrim crossing the Roman-medieval bridge and said: “I’m going to do the Camino de Santiago! “.

And here I am!



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