We have been rolling along making headway along the Via de la Plata from Fuentes to Zafra to Villafranca de los Barros. The walk from Fuente de Cantos has been quiet, scenic and calm. We have not sighted any further pilgrims other than those we encountered early on.
Our days have been filled with pleasant walks and our nights filled with discussions about our pleasant walks. I know it sounds kind of weird but the Camino allows for that. We have moved easily from town to town following a well marked trail. We focus on keeping our daily stages under 20 kms. That seems best for us at this stage of our lives. We have once again found great beauty in the Spanish countryside. We are always in awe of what a diverse and stunning country Spain is. We have had a lot of fun in this part of the trip learning more about Jamon Iberico and the Dehesa, the land and farming system that is used to produce this amazing ham we can’t stop eating. Tonight we are in Villafranca de los Barros, at the Hotel Acosta Ciudad de la Musica. We had a surprisingly good lunch at this highway hotel and the staff have been very accommodating as we tried to get some laundry done before our morning departure. It all seems to be working out. Tomorrow we are off, afoot, to Torremejia and then by taxi to Mérida for two days. We are modifying our Camino as necessary to keep the happiness quotient high and our aging joints in agreement. So far all is working out just fine. A few photos follow to give you a view of what we saw these last couple of days. All is well.
Just a few minutes from our hotel in Zafra
Leaving Los Santos de Maimona
Villafranca de los Barros in the distance
Old olive trees with interesting trunks