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.
Brad arrived this week and it was a week of highs and lows (the lows mostly for Brad with no training), however, while we arrived in Santiago on the 14th I will post a special article on that, so I've picked another photo that shows again the spiritual nature of your camino. We intended to do the extra 8kms the day we arrived into Sarria, however there were those who didn't intend to, accidentally took the wrong turn and did a 28km day when they were hoping to do 20. In my opinion it was totally worth it. The Samos Monestery is spectacular. We arrived in time for the tour, which was incredible and learnt the history, saw through a good amount of the monastery and of course the church. Despite the building burning down in the 50's the exterior was of course OK and they have rebuilt very well. Sadly for the church what was once 80 monks and 40 novices is now 8 monks with one trainee. The entire place is incredible but this first view on the way down into Samos takes your breath away. It was without a doubt worth the extra 8km.
After leaving the meseta you are slowly climbing, however that doesn't really register until you get to O'Cebreiro. Its a stunning village atop the alps (around 1400 m I think) and leaving there in the early dawn you get the most fantastic views out above the clouds. So cold but so fresh and and incredible days walk.
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.
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!
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.