Camino de Santiago

One of the 3 big pilgrimages in Christiandom along with Rome and Jerusalem. For over a thousand years pilgrims have been walking from all parts of Europe to Santiago de Compostela where the bones of St. James lie in Cathedral de Santiago.

Camino Dos Faros. Muxia to Camariñas:

This Camino continues to dazzle with its spectacular scenery. And is proving to be a excellent Camino to undertake as part or after one’s Camino de Santiago. Most of this Camino spanning 200 kilometers is along the northwest coast of Galicia, Spain on the Costa de Muerte (Coast of Death) so named for the many …

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Spring Flowers On the Camino:

Each of the seasons has its own appeal but Spring is a particularly beautiful time to walk The Camino. Most of these photos were taken walking the past few days around Muxia on The Camino de Santiago and The Camino de Faros(Lighthouses). I got a bit carried away and added some other flower photos from …

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Camino dos Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Muxia To Lires:

To clarify, The Camino de Faros between Finisterre and Muxia is an alternative route to the Camino de Santiago between the two towns. While The Camino de Santiago is a relatively easy 27K jaunt, the Camino de Faros is 52K of more challenging rugged coastal walking with some narrow, rocky paths and significant elevation changes. …

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Camino De Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Finisterre to Lires:

It did not take long to realize this Camino is nothing like the Camino de Santiago. There were no bars or much of anything between Finisterre and Lires. There was very little pavement walking. White sand beaches along the coastal shore connected by rugged narrow rocky mountain trails with bright white, yellow, purple, and blue …

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Camino de Faros. The Lighthouse Way:

After 3 weeks of settling in at Global Pilgrim House in Muxia, feeling a bit antsy, I will start The Lighthouse Way, a 200 kilometer walk linking Finisterre and Muxia, with Malpica along the Galician Costa de Morte (Coast of Death). It is called the Coast of Death because of the many shipwrecks along its …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. My Favorite Temple and Osettai Stop of The Entire Journey:

The day started with a delicious breakfast at 6 and we asked owner for a taxi and he gave us an osettai ride to Temple 45. Had to walk up quite a bit and past many small Buddha statues just after 7. We had the place to ourselves. Beautiful old temple in mountains with natural …

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Update on Upcoming Journeys/Posts:

-Completed the Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek Postings this past Monday. The website now includes Annapurna and The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Treks. -Starting today, over the next 2 weeks the Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage will be completed. Days 1-12 are already posted, so later today I will restart the Japan walk from Day 13 on. …

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Learning The Art of Cutting Turf (Peat) In Ireland:

Learning To Cut Turf (Peat) The Old Fashioned Way: A few weeks into a 3,000 kilometer pilgrimage from County Clare, Ireland to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I was in the middle of a 30K walk in Cork, from Millstreet to Bweeng, on a sunny day with scattered clouds across the deep blue sky.  As the …

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Global Pilgrim House:

After 7 years of a home free existence traveling the globe and walking many pilgrimages, these restless feet have found a home. Why not in Muxia not far from the 0 Mile Marker of The Camino de Santiago. Our intention is to create “Global Pilgrim House” where we will adorn the walls with clusters of …

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Nice to see the Aussies back On The Camino:

Aware that Australians have had some difficult times the past 2 years, we have been missing them on the Camino. On a recent extended stay at the wonderful La Cala Pilgrims Inn in Oia on the Camino Coastal Portuguese we met a friendly Aussie woman, Xanthe, and her daughter, Poppy. First OZ encounters for me …

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Is this An Albergue Or An Inn:

At La Cala Pilgrims Inn, on the Coastal Camino Portuguese in the small village of Oia. After resuming Camino Levante and walking 26 days we enjoyed a couple days in Santiago.  We wanted to be somewhere quieter outside of a city somewhere in Galicia. Unexpectedly, some business dealings required us to go to Baiona on …

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Camino Levante/Sanabria Day 36-37 Albergueria to Ourense:

Albergueria to Xunqueira de Ambia to Ourense: We departed Albergueria with still cloudy skies. In fact, I dragged my fingertip on an outdoor table to find it coated with red sand from the Sahara. Before leaving I found my shell from 5 years earlier on the wall across from my dorm bed. The walk early …

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Camino Levante/Sanabres Days 34-35 Puebla de Sanabria to Albergueria

Kind Carmen from Hostel Carlos V gave us lift to train and walked us in to the big new station of the Express Train. Though it seems to be overkill as there are just a few people. We arrived in A Gudina a short half hour later and got off at another huge new station, …

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Camino Levante/Sanabres Day 33. Rionegro to Puebla de Sanabria

Probably the coldest day today. The first part, 10K to Mombuey was on the high plains with little sun. A cold wind blowing into our faces sapped my energy. Took a tea break at Bar la Ruta one of the better bars. We decided to taxi to Asturianos and then walk the final 16K to …

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Perhaps the Finest Meñu Del Dia on Camino Sanabres Or Any Camino:

On a cold day on the 31st day of the Camino Levante we arrived in Rionegro del Puente and made a beeline for Teo’s restaurant, Me Gusta Comer (I like to eat). Teo suggested we take a seat by the roaring stove fire and relax. Why not. Following his direction, after a 5 hour long …

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Camino Levante Days 31-32. Camarzana de Tera to Rionegro del Puente:

Bussed on rainy day ahead from Zamora to Santa Marta de Tera to catch up with Camino buddy Mariska. Surprisingly we passed my Dutch friend a few hundred meters before we were left in the small plaza adjacent to Church of Santiago. Mariska and I had connected on FB yesterday, realizing we were close to …

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Repeat Encounters On The Camino. A 4peat!

One of the most special moments on The Camino is an unexpected, unplanned encounter with an old friends or Camino buddie. Having walked many Caminos it has happened repeatedly to me, so it doesn’t surprise me anymore when it happens. However, my latest Camino which I am walking now is Camino Levante, sometimes called “The …

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Zamora; good place to take a rest day.

Such a beautiful old town. Decided to take a rest day and come back and explore some more. Especially do a tour of the Cathedral. And then celebrate our completion of 800 kilometer Camino Levante with great local wine and Foie Gras. Though it is still 450 to Santiago via Camino Via de la Plata …

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Day 29 Toro to Zamora.

Reached Zamora which is the end of the Camino Levante. We connect here with the Camino Via de la Plata (VDLP) which starts 565 kilometers to the south in Seville. The Camino of “Solitude” proved to be an appropriate alias for Camino Levante as we completed its 850 Kilometers without seeing a single fellow pilgrim. …

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