The shell is the symbol of the pilgrim taking the journey to Santiago. This shell was on the front of a pilgrim hostel.
Up and Around
Pilgrims walk higher and higher into the Pyrenees Mountains on the first day of the trek.
The Camino crosses the Basque region of France and Spain. The Basque culture existed in the region before it was Spain. Now they struggle to keep their culture alive under Spanish government and culture.
To walk alone?
Pilgrims may be a group, but often they take time to walk alone. My group ended up 15 minutes ahead of me because my feet were in such pain I could not keep up. The time to reflect was needed after interacting with so many people.
Alto de Perdón
A tribute greets pilgrims at Alto de Perdón. Metal figures represent pilgrims on foot and horseback across many generations. An inscription reads “donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas” which in English means “where the path of the wind crosses that of the stars”.
Feeling the power of the wind at Alto de Perdón. It may appear still, but it the wind is... powerful.
In this village outside of Pamplona, young students created an outline of the continents using a GPS and old tires.
Spain is the worlds largest producer of olives. This olive orchard is a common sight on the Camino.
This is a shot of a village we stopped in. I distinctly remember the village, but not the name.
Pilgrims leave their backpacks in line while they wait for the albergue to open.
Buen Camino is what people--even pilgrims--say to pilgrims. It means "have a nice walk."
One trouble with the Camino becoming popular is that it is not easy to
Walk to the End of the Rainbows
A nice cool rain brings in rainbows to add to the magic of the Camino.
A typical scene in the morning hours along the Camino. The sunrise kisses the grapevines. Fog rolls in the distance. There is peace within the signs of civilization.
A German girl sketches the common room of Refugio Acacio y Orietta, an albergue sponsored by Brazialian author of The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho.
Warrior of Light
A quote by Paulo Coelho hangs at the albergue of which he is 'padrino.'
All along the Camino, the yellow arrow is a guide. For some it becomes a symbol of the signposts we must be aware of in our daily lives. Look in that direction; go in that direction; then you will find...
The sun rises in a mountain forest, providing a tranquil place to have a snack.
It's everywhere and it is all so fitting to the Camino experience. This one depicts the act of carrying all ones possessions, but wishing to be free of them in a state of relaxation.
Pilgrim in the Square
In Burgos, the statue of a pilgrim rests on a bench in the cathedral square
Burgos Cathedral Sculpture 1
Burgos Cathedral Sculpture 2
Burgos Cathedral Sculpture 3
First Sign of Light
Just before sunrise at the cathedral in Burgos. What is a bustling square by day is mellow and glowing in the early morning.
After a long day of walking the Meseta (high desert plain) it is a relief to reach a village with water, cheap food and a bed. ...And the conversation about religion at dinner: priceless.
More Camino Art
Another Graffiti along the Camino.
Castle on the Hill
An old ruined castle hides on a hill behind this village.
A long way to go before going a long way more.
Crosses are placed in various places along the Camino. Many times the displays are simple like this, with sticks and rocks.
Sing With Me
A woman from China sings with a man from Colorado. They didn't have a good rhythm between them, but it was a wonderful song.
A man moving sheep along the road. It was a moment for me bacause of the book "The Alchemist" and how it was involved with my Camino.
A typical lunch on the Camino. Milk, Activia yogurt and protein powder to drink. As always, a jamon y queso bocadilla: baguette, jamon serrano and cheese. ...and an orange! mmmmmm!
Good Morning Tree
There was something about this tree in the field that aroused my curiosity. And here it is, on a website now.