Global Pilgrimages

A One Year Pilgrimage to The Roots of Christianity In Israel, Armenia, Georgia, and Ethiopia:

Early 2024 is a time of reflection for us. Mika and I ended 2023 in Ethiopia on pilgrimage to the holy city of Lalibela. After so many pilgrimages over the past 10 years around the globe our path had led us here to the highlands of Ethiopia, where at 2300 meters elevation, lies a “New …

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Which Camino Should I Walk After Frances?

If you have walked the Camino Frances and dream of a repeat, it is certainly a viable option to walk Frances again. Why it is the best of the Caminos is explained at Why Frances Is The Best Camino. That said, if you are feeling a desire for something different, there are 17 alternative Caminos …

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Walking The Jesus Trail In Israel. How The Jesus Trail Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking various Caminos de Santiago, some pilgrims start to look beyond Spain and Europe for alternative pilgrimages. After Santiago, there is Rome and Jerusalem that round out the big 3 Christian pilgrimages. However walking to Jerusalem is problematic with the war in Syria and closed borders. However, for pilgrims that are looking for something …

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Lalibela, Ethiopia Pilgrimage. Church of St. Nakutalaab:

Early morning a bit after 7 we drove up the mountain and walked the final kilometer to Church of St. Nakutallab, a nephew of King/St. Lalibela, for his feast day celebration. We passed hundreds of the faithful, most clad in white, coming and going to the Church carved out of a mountain cave. Tade, our …

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8 Alternatives to Walking The Camino de Santiago From Sarria:

With record numbers this year on the Camino, pilgrims are seeking alternatives to the Camino Frances. Be aware the headcount rises dramatically upon reaching Sarria. The good news is there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, 8 other Caminos with each offering a great Camino experience. Starting your Camino from Sarria can still be a …

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How The Way of St. Francis (Via Francesco) Is Different From The Camino de Santiago

Having walked a good many pilgrimages around the world, I would highly recommend the Via Francesco (Way of St. Francis) to pilgrims seeking a pilgrimage beyond the Camino de Santiago. Especially for Christians and those that feel a connection to St. Francis. Here is why: How The Way of St. Francis is Different From The …

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A Few Days In London Before Walking Scotland’s West Highland Way:

In the continuing effort to add content to this website, our 7 day walk on Scotland’s magnificent West Highland Way is next.     In late June of 2020, Mika and I spent the last 3 months hunkered down in Turkey. On March 21 we had set out on the ancient Lycian Way walk along …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. The End With A Connection To The Camino De Santiago:

Departed at 6:30AM on the 35th day of our walk around Shikoku Island. We ascended 3 hours a challenging 286 meters to Temple 84. Many of the Temples are on mountain tops so at this point we are just used to it. Walking by the Main Temple, a monk was blowing a horn. That’s a …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgimage. Only 10 Temples To Go:

Returning us to the Pilgrimage, Tomo stopped at Udon factory restaurant for delicious noodles where we were able to participate in the preparation. Great fun.   Afterwards he dropped us off at Temple 75 and wished us well on our remaining journey. We then walked to 76, Konzoji, about 3k and enjoyed 1100 year old …

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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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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. A Gift From tomoyoshi Kubo:

Departed Bansui at 7:30 with a peaceful walk along the river quite a while before veering north to Temple 70 where Main Temple is a national treasure and there was a picturesque 5 story pagoda.    A sweet cleaning lady gave us little treat bags osettai with a note included telling us to place refuse …

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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. Meeting Survivor of Hiroshima Bomb:

We left Onaru Guesthouse at 7:45 and our hostess escorted us out offering directions and a wave goodbye. What a wonderful start to our day. We strolled through town and on the outskirts we passed a friendly young girl with her Dad. In return for the gift of her beautiful smile, I gave her one …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Meeting a survivor of Hiroshima Atom Bomb:

We left Onaru Guesthouse at 7:45 and our hostess escorted us out offering directions and a wave goodbye. What a wonderful start to our day. We strolled through town and on the outskirts we passed a friendly young girl with her Dad. In return for the gift of her beautiful smile, I gave her one …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. A WWII Cemetery and Many Temples:

Today’s morning began with a 50 minute walk to the quiet Temple 54. Continuing afterwards meandering through a small village, a woman came running up and invited us into her yard and invited us to pick some ripe red cherries from the tree in her yard.   Leaving the village we found ourselves in the …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. A Hot Soak By The Sea:

Perhaps the best Ryokan on the Pilgrimage, Seapa Makoto had an Onsen (bath) with 4 pools including one outside overlooking the sea and the setting sun, a private large bath in the room with a view of the sea, and delicious food with some western options like Fried Shrimp and Chicken.   Day 26. We …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Japan Can Be a Crowded Place:

We continued on walking through a populated city, which is one of the only downsides of this pilgrimage. There are 126 Million people living in Japan, about 40% of the population of the USA, living in an area about the size of California. Shikoku Island is the smallest of the 4 main islands making up …

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