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.
I'm willing to bet that 90% of tourists to Spain don't visit Zaragoza. We decided to spend a day there on the way back to Madrid from Pertadella. We loved the small city and the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in particular is stunning. Its Barouque style has a large African overture and the mosaics on the dome are incredible. Really worth the visit.
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.
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!
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.