After a delightful 1.5 days exploring Lisbon, G and I took the train to Porto to begin our 2nd camino journey!
So far so good. Portugal is beautiful!
I ate shellfish…and I liked it! First time for everything. We chose to do the coastal Camino because why not.
Day 1: Porto to Matosinhos (via the Littoral path), 12 km. We began walking at 5 pm and decided given our late start and my first day walking in a while, we’d go easy. It was hot! We got our credencials at the Porto Cathedral, dithered about exactly where to go and how to get there, and started walking! Porto is a beautiful city, and I’d love to return to really see it someday.
Day 2: Matosinhos to Vila do Conde, 23 or 24 km. This was a gloriously beautiful day of walking along the ocean almost the entire day. This was also the day of my First Successful Shellfish Consumption. I was a picky eater my whole early life, and shellfish are some things I thought I still didn’t like, but I was deliciously mistaken. The only downside besides aching feet was that we arrived just barely too late to get a spot in the municipal albergue Santa Clara. We spent another night in a pensao.
Day 3: Vila do Conde to Esposende, 24 km. The first part of today was lovely along the ocean again. Then we hit a 10 km stretch which went inland on cobblestones. No food or water. Not ideal. Made it though! Missed the albergue again There are just so many pilgrims. And they are all faster than we are. Damn. Interestingly, we have now encountered at least 3 Portuguese people who don’t speak English but do speak French. Hooray for having useful skills!
Blister count: 1 large and un-drained monster on the side of my foot which might not actually be a problem. The adventure continues!