Day 26: Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon (18 km)

That sounds like a short day, right? However, it was preceded by 2 hours browsing in a museum and followed by a ramble through and about Leon, so my feet are sore.

I highly recommend the Museo Etnografico in Mansilla. 

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It is very well laid out, with information in English and Spanish, and gives insight to the region of Spain we are just entering – the agriculture, styles of houses and construction methods, festivals, etc. Definitely worth an hour or 2 for a pilgrim. Mansilla also has some large sections of medieval walls that are, I’m told,  among the best preserved in Europe.

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The rest of the day was spent trudging  into Leon.

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Accommodation-wise, I have raised my standard. In Mansilla, the Pension Blanca provided newly renovated single rooms with exactly the features a weary walker needs, for €25. Here in Leon, I’ve splurged €40 in the  lovely Hostal Alda Casco Viejo which has all the comforts PLUS elegance and a cathedral practically next door.

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NY-J and I are parting ways tomorrow – he is staying an extra day in Leon, and I will keep moving for the sake of my schedule. We celebrated with a delicious non-pilgrim dinner.

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Prawns on left, and veggie tempura on right