photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
We saw 4 donkeys on the camino, but this was our first. People later told us that this man walks the camino and back constantly with his lovely donkey Ella. I asked if I could pat her and he said "Of course she's supremely friendly". So I did. And she was. And so soft.... It would be amazing to have an animal with you and of course they would be very special company for someone that walks non stop. We felt very blessed to have met all four donkeys that we did (especially Rocinante) knowing that these are the characters that make your camino experience amazing.
We visited Basílica de San Isidoro, León and spent an hour learning some amazing things, seeing one of the Christian holy grails (pretty special), visiting the crypts and seeing the most amazing 700 year old fresco's, but the thing that stuck in my mind was the library. The books they have are hundreds and hundreds of years old but not only that, they are HUGE. Some weigh as much as 30 kilo and the pages are actually calf skin. The ilustrations are incredible and the penmanship of the monks is indescribable. It remains on of the best religious sites I've ever done. Holy Grail - tick!
You would all know by now of the foot drama day 3 of the camino, however you would also know I did all the right things and met my sister in Burgos and started walking again the day after she arrived. This was the start of the Meseta and we were rewarded with a spectacular sunrise our first day out on the plains. So grateful to have dodged what could have been the end of my Camino and forever grateful to Sue for being there to join me for the balance of "The Way".
Pamplona was and still is one of my favourite Spanish cities. This was despite being laid up here for a week waiting for the tendon in my foot to allow me to start walking again. Loved its atmosphere, the food, the people and the juxtaposition of the old and new that is everywhere in Pamplona. Its a great city.
Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port in France is the start of the Frances route of the Camino de Santiago - or the pilgrims walk to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 800km across basque country, wine country, the meseta, the alps and of course into Santiago proper. SJPDP is a very cute little french town which hides the fact that your very first day of the camino is almost 30 km OVER the Pyrenees. OVER THE PYRENEES! Its incredible country and the friendships you make that first day I very much feel will last a lifetime, but for someone who has avoided hills due to a very tight achillies repair - it was a decent challenge. Add to that I had gastro the night before so started off dehydrated - it was brutal at times. But - of course me being me - I LOVED IT! There were many who didn't make it or who called taxi's from Orrison, but I'm very proud to say that wasn't me and I now have boasting rights that I walked over the Pyrenees mountains in a day!
This young lad lives opposite me in Bocas town. He often is sitting here after school watching the world go by. Mostly though he's hoping for someone to come along that plays futbol. Someone who isn't a soccer challenged white woman with a bad knee and a repaired achillies. He's always gracious though and ALWAYS agrees to play with me. Carlos I will miss you my friend.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.