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.

How The Camino de Faros Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

The Camino de Faros is a 200 kilometer Way along Galicia’s Costa de Morte (Coast of Death), named after the 8 shipwrecks with 245 lost lives in the late 19th Century and early part of the 20th. After walking most of the Caminos, this one has to rival any for beauty especially if one likes …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 5 Arou to Camariñas:

Wow. What a spectacular and yet easier walk of 24K with a fair amount being flatter than usual. A gorgeous sunset starting out of Arou and then some beautiful deserted beaches and rocky mountains. This being The Coast of Death, I came across The English Cemetery, burial grounds for the victims of the Shipwreck of …

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How A Nepal Trek Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

1. Nepal vs. Spain. Spain is in Europe and Nepal is in South Central Asia. Spain has a long coastline on the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Nepal is landlocked in the Himalayas Region. Nepal is one of the poorer countries in the world with a per capita annual income of $1,084. Nepal is mostly a rural …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 4 Laxe to Arou:

Day 4 Laxe to Arou. A relatively easier day today with the shortest stage of this Camino at 18K. Though still challenging with lots of ups and downs. A beautiful quiet day seeing not a soul until Camelle just a couple K before Arou. Just birds, a few snakes, the wind and the frequent roar …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 3 Ponteceso to Laxe:

Walking out of Ponteceso early just after 7 it was a quiet and flat walk along the waterfront before eventually for the first and only part of this Camino leaving the sea to walk inland. The path veered inland through pine and eucalyptus forest following a gently flowing creek. After the 2 previous days of …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 2; Playa de Niños to Ponteceso:

Started out with a 6:45 taxi back to the Playa (beach) de Niños. As difficult as the first day was this one was moreso. Constant ups and downs with some scrambling and stinging nettles. I didn’t bring long pants but that would be wise on this rugged trail. Even on a cloudy day the views …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses). Day 1 Malpica to Playa de Niños:

The start of another Camino; The Way of The Lighthouses is a relatively new trail since 2012 that is neither an official Camino or GR route yet but who cares. And perhaps that is the attraction. Today’s 25K walk was rugged but with rewarding views all along. Almost all of the trail was in nature, …

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Camino Dos Faros. Day 6 Camariñas to Muxia:

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). Day 7 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). Day 8 Lires To Finisterre:

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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