The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain. The routes stretch in all directions across Europe but the most well trodden path is the Camino Frances which begins in St. Jean Pied de Port, a small town on the French side of the pyrenees.
Traditionally pilgrims came to visit the relic of St. James the apostle who is said to have been buried in Santiago. Today people walk this route for many reasons, some just for the joy of a good walk.
These photos show the first 2 weeks from St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos.
The best bits:
1. Making new friends.
2. Being in nature for most of the day, every day.
Appreciating the wildflowers, butterflies, caterpillars, buds, grass, moss, birds. Feeling the wind, rain and sun.
3. Seeing villages appear in the distance and slowly walking toward them.
4. The perfectly imperfect villages.
5. The wide open vistas.
6. The gentle rhythm of breath and footsteps.
7. Seeing the countryside change slowly.
8. Feeling physically exhausted each evening, going out for dinner with friends and then feeling renewed by the next morning.
9. Finding the yellow arrows and following the way.
10. Realising that life is a journey and we just need to keep moving forward one little bit at a time.