I have recently returned from a month in Portugal and Spain trekking on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route. Below are the walls of the medieval city of Avila, an ancient city I visited after completing the Camino.
Unfortunately, I didn’t walk on the walls. It was 50 degrees and blowing 40 knots. The inclement weather was a great reminder that in the past our ancestors were probably cold a lot. They wore heavy, woolen clothing, but they certainly didn’t have the high-tech, wind-resistant clothing that hikers wear today. These walls were begun in the twelfth century and completed in the fourteenth.