Camino de Santiago

Day 41 on the Camino de Santiago: Samos

Today, thankfully, we woke to rain. At first the air reminded me of an open-fire that’s been doused with a bucket of water. Now, it’s wonderfully clear, clean, and crisp. 

Our hostel this afternoon, in normal afternoon light

I’m pretty sure the fires around us are out. My Google searches haven’t yielded any new information.  We did see a headline in the local paper which announced the Police consider the fires an act of terror. There were so many, over such a wide area, in such a short period of time, I’m not surprised they’re investigating the likelihood of a coordinated attack. 

The impact on the region is devastating, in lives lost, and destruction of livelihoods, and property.

As for us we’ve  been fortunate to have the time to enjoy Samos in something closer to the usual.

The Benedictine monastery is impressive.

Benedictine Monastery in Samos


It’s still operating, although now with only seven or so monks. We took the tour through the cloisters this morning.

Looking towards the oldest part of the monastery

This afternoon we’ve rested in the sunshine.

There is a C9th chapel Capilla de Cipres near the hotel, which we’ve both spent a bit of time photographing- in the search for the perfect image. 

Capilla de Cipres

And, then as usual we found a park bench in the sun.

Our park bench by the Rio Sarria

One of our friends suggested catching a taxi back to Triacastela, to walk the ten kilometres we missed, yesterday. We’ve decided not to. That taxi ride will be an indelible part of the Camino for us. 

Tomorrow we’re walking on to a small village on the other side of Sarria – Barbadelo -about 20 kilometres or so.

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  1. The taxi ride and the fires are part of your own personal experience on the Camino; I’m sure you’ll remember the time even though it will be tinged with sadness over lives lost and the fact that terrorists abound in our world today. I’m glad you had a day to explore that wonderful Benedictine monastery. I love your photos. 🙂

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  2. The hostel looks quite big and beautiful in comparison with others you shared before, but the monastery is the winner.
    I’m relieved that you are safe and sound, had a good break and are ready to resume the journey. All the best.

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  3. What a relief that the fires are out, but sad to hear they may be an act of terroism. Lovely photos and I’m guessing John has had some time for sketching. I think you made a good decision not to go back with the taxi, it is all about going forward and the end is getting so close

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  4. So glad to hear you are fine with the fires around you. Not far to go now! Can’t wait to see your sketches too John. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us.

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