Things didn't quite work out the way we thought they would. In early March Ulla announced that she wouldn't be walking with us - she would still fly to Portugal at the same time, but then she would start the walk from Lisbon and had rescheduled her flight home to give herself more time to complete the 600 kilometre trip.
Helen and decided that it would still work out well for us - we could do a little sightseeing in Portugal, walk the camino to Santiago together, then go up to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim (and meet up with an old friend of Helen's), then leave from Madrid.
Most of this trip will be told using pictures rather than words, but I will try to give a brief summary of where we stayed and what we saw in our brief visit to Portugal.
The trip is written up in three sections:
Although we had some rough notes gleaned from the internet, we walked without any written guide. We had a wonderful walk, and I got to see Lisbon and Coimbra, cities I'd never visited before, although the rest of the route was a re-visit for me - we had been there thirty-eight years earlier, on our first trip to Europe.