Tardejos and Hornillos

Thursday, September 9, 2021: Tardejos has a population of about 850. The town’s church had a giant size stork nest on top. The stork took off flying over the buildings.

As I was walking away a woman came and unlocked the church doors so I stopped in to check it out. The churches always have interesting things — sometimes its hard to figure out the logic but I assume the congregation knows the rhyme and reason why.

Very ornate and filled with statuary.
Not sure who the guy at the top is … wild guess St. Peter?
This model of the church building was on display.
Wagyu beef found its way to Spain. Prior to traveling to Spain, I saw Wagyu beef on sale at Fresh Time for $40/lb.

I entertain easily … watched a truck with cages of firewood being delivered to local businesses. The crane would move the cage to the sidewalk. Then it would release the cage and all of the wood spilled out. Somebody probably had the job of moving the wood inside or stacking it neatly.

The entrance to a park and picnic area in Tardejos.

The Village of Hornillos is quite possibly an ancient city. There are some ruins prior to entering the town which are the remains of a hospice for lepers.

The town fountain features a rooster on top because of a story that says Napolean’s troops stole all the chickens in Hornillos while the townspeople were at Mass. The soldiers killed the chickens and snuck them out of the town in their drums. When confronted by the townspeople, the soldiers denied everything, but one rooster miraculously came back to life and gave a nightly crow from within the drum, proving the soldiers’ guilt.

This is the “Muni” a municipal albuergue that we stayed at for about $10 a bed. All of the accommodations are at reduced capacity (due to Covid) so it can be tricky finding a place to stay.
At the albuergue we stayed in an alcove with lower bunks across from each other. They don’t put anyone on the top bunks anymore due to Covid.
Outdoor cafe was a very nice place to sit in the sun, drink coffee and do some blogging.
View of the village.
View of the Meseta sunset from the church in Hornillos.
The homes are all connected with no yards. I like the flower decor. Some have courtyards or grass areas on the inside area.
Salad Mixta, Croquets and Cerveza … yum!
This brave man from Boston was doing the Camino with his 2-year-old twins and making good time too. He was staying at our albuergue and we crossed paths with him in the lounge. We invited him to send his wife down to give her a break from the kids and he said he didn’t have a wife. He was going solo.

Moving on! Next stop is Hontanas which is named for the numerous springs and abundant water in the area. Buen Camino!!

Published by janeinspain.blog

Jane is a resident of Browndale neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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