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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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Santo Domingo is a pleasant town that is located on the Camino Santiago and near the La Rioja Wine Country and the twin Monasteries (Suso and Yuso) at San Millan de Cogolla. Gayle and I stayed at the Parador Santo Domingo Bernardo de la Fresneda, walked the streets, visited the Cathedral. rubbed elbows with Pilgrims, say the Chickens in the Cathedral, and climbed its Tower.

Santo Domingo also has a curious history, mostly connected to the man of whom it was named. Born n 1019, Domingo dedicated his young life to the Pilgrims. He built a Hospice, a bridge, and generally improved the quality of the path. As such, he is also known as the Patron Saint of road workers and engineers.

Gayle and I also took a nice drive south to the small charming Village of Escaray, which is more hilly and scenic. In particular, there was a cool Church outside of Town that had a nice view of the Valley below. The Valdezcaray Ski Station (in season) is also close by as our beautiful stone bridges over the Oja River.