One more thing…

When Catherine and I walked the French Way Camino in 2014, we met the most awesome couple from Canada named Jim & Giselle Thornton.  We were mid-Camino and both struggling with feet or knee issues, but over some evening meals we became fast friends.  I have seen their faces often on this walk and miss Jim’s dry wit and Giselle’s laugh.  Jim has been following my blog on this walk and asked today “where’s the pulpo John?”.  For those of you uninitiated with Spanish cuisine, pulpo is octopus, and if you’re a calamari lover this is heaven.  Tonight I ordered the pulpo from a cool restaurant overlooking the convergence of the Rio Mina and the Atlantic Ocean, an idyllic setting to also have some local white Albarino wine.  It’s nice to pamper yourself now and again…at least that’s what my bride tells me.  Thank you honey…it feels great!

The infamous Pulpo on a bed of mashed potatoes with grilled red peppers.  Yum!

The Abadia Albarino was a perfect compliment to the seafood.

The town square at A Guarda where the river meets the sea.

It’s obvious it’s a fishing town based on the many statues of fishermen in boats.

A nice shade of blue compliments the seaside setting.

Fishing boats galore!

Where the river meets the sea at sunset…striking.

The water was so clear you could see bottom from 30 yards down…amazing.

A concrete boardwalk encircled the entire harbor.  What a lovely place to live and visit.


Author: jtcaminoblog

A husband of 38 years, a father of 3, a Christian man and pilgrim on this earth. I am a devout Roman Catholic whose purpose in life is to love our Lord above all else and our neighbors as ourselves. I struggle with the latter but walk these pilgrimages for both atonement and guidance from the Lord to be the best version of myself.

4 thoughts on “One more thing…”

  1. Please no more pictures of octopus – on a dinner plate! I see all eight sucker-bearing arms in that picture. I also remember Jim & Giselle … they should come visit us here in FL next winter. How can your pictures keep getting better? I love the colorful boats and that tall blue house. I saw your mom & dad yesterday and I shared some of your blogs and pictures. Your mom was so concerned that you were alone. She was afraid you might fall and no one would be there to help you. I should have reminded her that St. James was with you right now. He’s going to help you get to Santiago. He can’t wait to see you again. If you fall, he will pick you up and carry you.


  2. An absolutely beautiful blog my man. I’ve been away from home at a remote location in Alabama and haven’t had the time to enjoy this until today. What an idyllic location to engage in thoughtful and introspective meditation about your life and relationship with God and family. Please be careful, but also take time to smell the roses! Us Tanner’s have a tendency to put our nose down and rush through things to “complete the task”. I love you and hope the remaining trip is as good as the portion you’ve reported thus far. Looking forward to the next post!



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