Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 10: The Makeshift Refreshment Stalls

These appear from time to time along the stretch of the camino and the sight of one on the horizon cheers a weary pilgrim’s heart. From the man of the top of a mountain, on the border of France and Spain, serving generous cups of delicious hot-chocolate from a van, to the various hippy stallsContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 10: The Makeshift Refreshment Stalls”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 9: The Street Art of Belorado

Belorado is a charming little town in the province of Burgos. When we arrived, a street market was in full swing, giving it the feel of a happy corner of the globe, in which this was just another dreamily uneventful day in the lives of the enviably contented inhabitants. There were many towns like thisContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 9: The Street Art of Belorado”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 8: The Pilgrim’s Menu

In every town along the Camino Frances you will find restaurants offering the pilgrim’s menu. Ranging from “perfectly adequate, thank you very much” to absolutely superb, they typically range from €11 per person to €15 including wine and are excellent value for money. Although they do tend to be a little “samey” after a while,Continua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 8: The Pilgrim’s Menu”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 7: The Cities of Pamplona and Leon

I would defy anybody not to fall in love with Pamplona. With its beautiful medieval city centre, music-filled streets, friendly people, huge swathes of green, pintxos and lashings of booze, this is a place I could spend a great deal of time. During my next camino, I have every intention of spending a full restContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 7: The Cities of Pamplona and Leon”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 6: The “Tarta de Santiago”

The recipe for this rich, dense cake varies from town to town. In its simplest form it is made with almonds, lemon zest, eggs and either a sweet wine or a brandy or some similar liqueur. Although we didn’t taste a bad one anywhere, my years in Italy have taught me that, in matters culinary,Continua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 6: The “Tarta de Santiago””

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 5: The Grub

Now, I have lived for most of my life in Italy and no one (apart from the French and the Indians) will ever convince me, that the Italians have any real competition in things gastronomic. That’s not to say that other countries don’t have areas of excellence in which they beat even the Italians. InContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 5: The Grub”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 4: The Booze

Patxaran is an absolutely delicious maroon-coloured liqueur made in the Navarra region by macerating sloes in anisette for up to eight months. Apparently a few coffee beans and a cinnamon pod are thrown into the mix as well. Until the 1950s it was generally made in the home but since then it has been soldContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 4: The Booze”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 3: The Hostals, the Albergues and the Private Houses

Ranging from the barely adequate to the superb, they are quite unlike any other form of accommodation I have come across. When they are good, they make for some truly memorable experiences that will stay with you forever. It is difficult to pick favourites; it means doing injustice to so many of the lovely placesContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 3: The Hostals, the Albergues and the Private Houses”

Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 2: The People

Whether they are the inhabitants of the places you pass through, fellow pilgrims or Old Testament-style prophets by the name of Serge (see here: https://asinelloscamino.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/thursday-22nd-august-2019/) the people you meet on the camino will remain in your heart for the rest of your life. My camino “family” are still in touch and we regularly send each otherContinua a leggere “Asinello’s 10 Best Things About the Camino de Santiago – Number 2: The People”

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