The highlight of today's walk was a visit to the small church of San Salvador de Priesca located in the village of Prescia about 3km from where I'm staying tonight. It was first consecrated as church in 921. Some of the original church remains as part of today's building which was rebuilt after being severely damaged during the period of the Spanish Civil War. Original wall and ceiling paintings remain. This Pre-Romanesque building is very ordinary looking from the outside.

On each side of the main altar there are small canyon shaped areas contining the best examples of the paintings. These areas also contain statues of the saints Anthony to the left hand side and Lucia (or Lucy) on the right hand side. The one
that caught my attention was St. Lucy who is represented holding a dish on which
there are two eyes, which is how she has been represented in art. Lucy lived from 283 to 304. As a 21 year old she knew what she wanted. Apparently her mother arranged her marriage to a Pagan husband whom she rejected because she wanted to offer her virginity to God. The husband-to-be was none too happy about this rejection and denounced her to a magistrate who ordered her to burn a sacrifice in the emperor's image as punishment. She rejected this sentence and instead offered herself. Needless to say her offer was taken up and she died a martyr. She has become known as the parton saint of the blind after accounts of her eyes being
gouged out before being put to death began to appear in the 15th century. More likely is the derivation of her name from the Latin “lux” meaning light. Not only is she the patron saint of the blind, but if you are a salesman, a writer or affected by a throat infection, St. Lucy is the one for you. I have no idea why she appears in statue form in a small church in the rural north of Spain.

It was a very peaceful and short walk today, just 16km. Sebrayo is a village consisting of just a collection of houses. There is no shop. Instead, a woman in a small van pulled up outside the albergue around 3.00pm. The back of the van was filled with groceries. I managed to spend nearly a��20 which did not represent an excessive amount of food, but a premium for this type of roadside service.

The albergue has just 14 beds and a well equipped kitchen. Tonight's meal was a cheese and tomato omelette with a salad. It will be the first hot meal I've made on this entire journey. Walking becomes synonymous with cold food.

Looking out from the open patio area to one side of the kitchen I can see some open paddocks, a small collection of old houses and a forest in the background. On the opposite side are green fields. The quietness of this rural setting is disturbed by the sound of cars moving along a nearby major road.

Over last couple of days I've begun to see a quite different style of granary to those that appear along the Camino Frances where they are of a rectangular shape and constructed of stone. Here, they are wooden, square, cottage-like structures with a
surrounding narrow railed walkway mounted upon huge beams. Like the ones to the south the structure sits on mushroom shaped pedestals which I understand was a design feature to try to keep out vermin like rats and mice. They aren't used as granaries any longer, but often as storage areas.

Tomorrow I head to Gijon, a distance of 28km. I'm kind of looking forward to the longer walk after a couple of short days.

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