Twelve kilometers after Pamplona, past the fields of grasses splashed with red poppies (or the fields of dry dirt, depending on the time of year), the crumbling monasteries, and the towering hay bales, and up a steep set of switchbacks, the Camino Frances arrives at Alto de Perdón, the Mount of Forgiveness. I’ve stood … More The Surprising Story Behind the Sculpture on Alto del Perdón
When Eric and I approached Santiago de Compostela two years ago, the crowds of people around us grew by the day, as did their anticipation. Together we counted down “the last hundred” kilometers to Santiago, where the remains of Saint James waited for us in an enormous cathedral. On the morning of our arrival in … More Why Walk to Finisterre?
“People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they … More To Saunter in the Mountains
I’ve long been a fan of TEDTalks, the annual conference full of “ideas worth sharing,” presented by some of the most interesting people in the world on every imaginable topic. So I’m not sure how it’s taken me a whole month to discover that in TED2017, one of the speakers offered an ode to the Camino … More A TEDTalk About the Camino de Santiago
There’s a lot to do when a Camino pilgrim reaches Santiago de Compostela. You have to find the Pilgrim’s Office, stand in line, and get your Compostela. You have to find a place to stay. You have to find all your friends and take group pictures. You have to go to a pilgrim’s mass at … More Hugging Saint James (The Traditions of the Camino)
“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” -Francis Bacon Photo taken on the Chemin du Puy, the Camino pilgrimage path from Le Puy, France, to Santiago, Spain.
I call it the most amazing day that I’m glad I never have to do again. … More The Day We Walked Over the Pyrenees (A Photo Tour)
The Devil, the wine, and the bridge: a Camino story about legends and surprises in France. … More The Wine, the Devil, and the Bridge: Camino Surprises