Thursday, June 29, 2006

Camino de Santiago

My husband and I went to Spain, to walk the Camino de Santiago. It was a beautiful trip, but not for the faint of heart. We walked 140K, or about 85 - 90 miles, in a week. We had great weather, and I took loads of photos. The shell is the image of St James, and it's everywhere. Here is the shadow of a fence in Samos, at the monastery there.

This is our group, starting off on the first day. There were eight of us and a guide walking every day. There was also a "sag wagon" for anyone who was tired of walking, and every couple of hours it would be on the side of the path somewhere, where Carlos , another guide, would make sure we all had water.

Here we are on the second day, at the highest (and coldest!) part of the trip. See how the pilgrim in the statue is leaning against the wind? We were way up in the mountains, and the wind was sometimes fierce. Fortunately, after this, the weather warmed up, and we weren't quite so high up. The rest of the week we had great weather - cool mornings and no rain.

Tomorrow, I'll post some photos of the Camino. I'm hoping to use some of the recurring images in quilts.

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