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Caminho Portuguese Day 3: Vila Franca to Valada. Flora and Fauna

“There’s nothing like the peace of the countryside, the quiet and the lack of distraction. It helps you to focus your mind.”

Jenny Nimmo

Someone asked us which was our favorite of our five previous Caminos. Frankly, that’s like asking a parent which is their favorite child.

But today reminded us of our favorite part of the Camino two years ago when we hiked 500 miles across France—the flora and fauna. Much of the Chemin le Puy goes through the French countryside where we saw livestock, some wildlife, and many species of plants.

We spotted our first stork nests, a large flock of sheep, and our first wildlife—a badger. Granted the badger was dead, but we did see one. We spared you a pic of the dead weasel. But in this short video, I try to speak “sheep.”

Speaking sheep—in Portuguese

We have also noticed a lot of wild bamboo along the trails from our first day on this Caminho. I did some research and found that there are some commercial bamboo operations in Portugal, but this seems to be more wild. Maybe one of our smarter readers can shed some light on this mystery.

And, we spotted our first vineyards. Portugal is known for Port, but the wine is also good and reasonably priced.

Enjoy Laurie’s recap of the day. Hopefully some of the peace of the countryside will come through.

2 thoughts on “Caminho Portuguese Day 3: Vila Franca to Valada. Flora and Fauna”

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