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I’ve been extremely busy lately and had to catch up with a lot of work, which is the reason why I haven’t posted much. While you’re reading this, I’ll be already on my way to the US for a month to enjoy some good time in rural Kentucky :) I’ll update with more information as [...]
~~oOo~~ The Yellow Arrow, also known as the Flecha Amarilla in Spanish guides pilgrims to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. No maps are required , at every road fork, there is a yellow arrow painted on a wall, tree, sign, stone, house or wherever necessary to point the way. Each year, groups of [...]
~~oOo~~ The pilgrim walks and walks knowing that the goal is never clear nor important, but the journey is endless and enlightening. Many of these pilgrims (now good friends) that I have come across keep on walking, again and again, either physically or spiritually. Many don’t always know where they are heading in life, but [...]
~~oOo~~ If you’ve been following my website, you probably know by now that one of my favorite provinces in Spain is Galicia, located on the North-Western part, right above Portugal. Although it’s the most rainy region, I find it extremely beautiful with its mountains, forests and surprising Celtic culture. As I was walking on the [...]
~~oOo~~ La Rioja is the home of Spanish Red Wine. A province and autonomous community of Northern Spain, La Rioja is crossed by the Camino de Santiago. The name comes from the river Oja that flows through the region (Rio Oja). La Rioja is also the second province with the smallest population in Spain. The [...]
~~oOo~~ Usually, most pilgrims end the Camino de Santiago in the town of Santiago de Compostella, in front of the Cathedral where supposedly lie the remains of St. James. But the Camino doesn’t really end there, it continues up to Finisterra, the “end of the World” where they say a shepherd found the body of [...]
This sweet little albergue in ‘Rabanal del Camino’ in Spain is a very relaxing and welcoming place after the long walk on the meseta (the Spanish “desert”).
~~oOo~~ Alto del Perdon … The Mount of Forgiveness. As the pilgrim walks out of Pamplona in Spain, a hill stands on his way, defying him/her, with many giant windmills spread on its peak. It is a very windy place, and a long winding climb. The path is not very steep but feels tiring.. Maybe the [...]
~~oOo~~ Have you ever encountered purple mountains? In my opinion, the best time to go walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain is in April/May. The weather is beautiful, not too rainy and not yet hot. The temperature in the morning is cold enough to feel great when you start walking. The colors of [...]
~~oOo~~ If I had to choose between living by the sea or living in the mountains by a forest, I’d definitely choose the mountain/forest. There is something about forests that attracts me. I can hardly find anything as soul-cleansing as a walk in an old forest. The mind is cleared and all of the five [...]
~~oOo~~ This is one of the tiniest villages I have seen. Hidden behind trees, quiet and relaxing, this little village near Zubiri in Spain on the Camino de Santiago is a perfect place for a retreat. There are no distractions around except for forests stretching on the surrounding hills. No cars passing every minute and [...]
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~~oOo~~ The Lighthouse at “Land’s End”. This is the lighthouse called Faro Cabo Fisterra in Galician language, located in Finisterra, the westernmost point in Spain, on a “mountain” called Monte Facho. Monte Facho was a sacred region since the prehistoric Celtic origins of Galicia. Legend has it that a hermit who lived near the site [...]
~~oOo~~ During my long walk in Spain, I slept in many Albergues, special dorms for pilgrims. One is only allowed to stay if he has the “pilgrim credential”, a kind of a passport delivered at the start of your journey. This one albergue was run by an old English couple. It had a huge garden [...]
Although the whole Camino de Santiago was fantastic, one of my secretly favorite places was: O Cebreiro… The second highest peak after the Pyrenees, in Galicia. The long walk up the mountain was peaceful and relaxing. It was a steep climb but nobody was in a rush, stopping frequently and enjoying the calm of the [...]
While many pilgrims were gathered on the last standing rock in Cabo Finisterra, watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean, I turned around and noticed those clouds creeping from behind. I climbed a few rocks further away to take a nice shot without many people showing up. An old woman was sitting there alone [...]
~~oOo~~ One of the magical places I encountered on the Camino de Santiago in Spain was “The Garden of Pebbles”. It was really a tough day: pain in the knees, pain in the right ankle, blisters, heavy backpack.. I had just stopped for a quick meal in Ventosa and desperately wanted to reach the next [...]
Sometimes, Beauty can be found in some of the most unexpected places. While walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, we woke up on an early morning, before sunrise, in the town of Puente la Reina, ready to continue our journey. Wandering slowly in the empty streets, a friend decided to enter a bakery [...]
On the way to Santiago de Compostella, in Spain, near the town of Estella, the pilgrim, after walking many kilometers feels thirsty and weak. As soon as he passes Estella, an hour later, he reaches a monastery called “Monestario de Irache“. This is where the gods finally listen to his plea and offer him this [...]
It’s a very enchanting feeling when you start walking early in the morning in the fog and suddenly when it all clears up on top of a small hill with Nature offering you a beautiful view.
Waking up really early in the morning, before the city has awaken and walk in the empty streets is really blissful. It gives the whole city another dimension, a new face. This shot was taken at dawn, in Burgos, Spain. It’s one of the most famous cathedrals in the country and one of the most [...]
Finisterra (or Fisterra in Galician) is the furthest western tip of Spain, before the Atlantic Ocean. It comes from Fin (end) and Terra (Earth) and was actually thought to be the end of the world (the world used to be flat, remember?).
On the French route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, lies a tiny village at the entrance of the Galician province. Sitting on top of a dreaded 1300 meters high mountain pilgrims have to climb (I don’t know why.. I enjoyed it!), O Cebreiro, although appearing like a slumbering old village, played quite an [...]
There is a certain bliss in witnessing Nature waking up. A chill autumn breeze was trying to scatter the thick morning mist. I had started walking before sunrise, my finely decorated walking stick in hand and heavy backpack on my shoulders, guiding myself with a little headlamp trying to spot the flechas amarillas (yellow arrows) pointing [...]