Fromista had been a breadbasket farm area since Celtic times until being destroyed by the Moors and later rebuilt in the 12th century. In spite of being a successful market town in the 15th century, the town declined until a revival in 1773 when the canal brought water and again allowed agriculture to thrive.

Rain, rain, rain. Nothing but dark clouds, precipitation, mud and more mud.

Welcome to Fromista!

By the time I reached Fromista, I was thoroughly drenched and full of mud. Time for coffee.

Mud and rocks for hours.

Off in the distance is Boadilla del Camino a town that was fortified in medieval times. Independence was granted in the 15th century and they were allowed to publicly torture and hang their own criminals.

The Canal de Castilla

The Canal de Castilla was built from 1753-1859, covering about 130 miles. The canal was used for ships that were pulled by mules on tow paths. Today the canals are used to irrigate agricultural fields.

The Turismo office is located above the canal. Looks like the canal wall has sprung a few leaks.

Not sure, but his might be some type of lock and dam device.

There are three churches in Fromista. This is the church of San Pedro.

Fancy bottled water served at one of the restaurants.
The Camino trail followed the highway — not as interesting.

More rain the next day. We were eager to move on. Our next stop is Villamentero de Campos … you won’t believe where we stayed — or maybe you will.

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

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