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.

I Thought I Was Starting In Seville But The Camino Wanted Me To Start In Lesotho, Africa:

As my journey from Nairobi to Johannesburg is ending I found myself thinking about my Camino Via de la Plata which I was planning to start in Sevilla, Spain in 10 days. Then during a visit yesterday to the local witchdoctor in the little village of Matsoaing, Lesotho, I learned there was a Church of …

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How To Keep The Camino With You After Leaving It

Sitting in Fisterra on the 61st day of My Camino. Enjoying the quiet and appreciating the chance to rest my weary body for the first time in 31 days since St. Jean Pied-de-Port. Awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic feeling the same sense of awe that the ancient pilgrims must of felt when …

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You never know where you will find inspiration on The Camino!

Beautiful walk today from Barbadelo to Airexe starting at 7 in the dark and thick foggy mist. Saw no one until 8:30 almost running over a tiny old woman who was attempting to get out of the way of a tractor. I stopped for a long breakfast and then bumped into her again and loved …

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Connecting with The Camino Spirit!

I believe there is a Spirit on The Camino. A guardian angel of sorts that if you calm yourself and open your heart and soul she will provide. On September 5 I connected with her. My story starts the day before. I was walking from Belorado to Ages and met up with Jessica from Boulder, Colorado …

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Anybody that walks 44K in one day on The Camino is Crazy!

I walked out of Najera at 5:45 this morning planning to go 27.5K to Granon. Najera: Followed the Milky Way west enjoying the bright stars. It is two days from the birthday of my father, Francis, and my sister, Francis, as I walk the Camino Frances. I feel them with me as I walk into …

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A Very Special Auberge on The Camino Chemin du Puy

It was the second day of my Camino which started in Le Puy-en-Velay. It was hot over 30C and I was trying to make it to Le Sauvage. I had only walked about 23K when I reached the little village of Le Villeret d’Apchier and still had another 8K to Le Sauvage. I stopped at …

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Crossing the Pyrenees from France into Spain

After 28 days walking 752K from Le Puy to St. Jean Pied-de-Port went over the Pyrenees yesterday into Spain. Walking through St. Jacques Gate in St. Jean Pied de Port where historically most pilgrims from Europe came through before crossing Pyrenees. St. Jean Pied-de-Port The walk is up through forested green hills with sheep, cows …

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SACRILIGE on the Camino

First let me provide a definition of “sacrilige”: violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. synonyms: desecration, profanity, profaneness, profanation, blasphemy, impiety, impiousness, sin, irreverence, irreligion, irreligiousness, godlessness, unholiness, disrespect“the sacrilege of committing a murder on holy ground” Pretty bad stuff right. Well here is what happened a few nights back on the …

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A Very Special Auberge on The Camino: Chemin de Le Puy

It was the second day of my Camino which started in Le Puy-en-Velay. It was hot over 30C and I was trying to make it to Le Sauvage. I had only walked about 23K when I reached the little village of Le Villeret d’Apchier and still had another 8K to Le Sauvage. I stopped at …

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“Hallelujah” on The Camino

I was walking this morning through the streets of Dublin in the Temple Bar area. Feeling emotional as I am leaving Ireland today after 3 months here including a 750K 34 day Irish Camino. Ireland has become my other home. I feel I belong here. But it is time to start the second leg of …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Camino de Santiago to Panama

It has been 4 months since my last day on La Compestela de Santiago or known simply as The Camino,  finishing 51 days of walking in Valencia, Portugal just across the border from Tui, Spain. The Camino is a living spirit and it remains in my soul. I miss the nature, the rhythm of the …

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Camino Reunion on the Wicklow Way in Ireland

  So its been just over 6 months since I finished my first Camino walking from France (St. Jean Pied-de-Port) to Santiago, Finnisterre, and then on to Portugal (Valenca). On the pilgrimage I was  surprised to find such a large number of Irish. While walking through Spain I gradually fell in love with the walk …

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