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 pure joy of it.
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. Being present with 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 my breath and footsteps.
7. Seeing the countryside change slowly.
8. The joy of feeling physically exhausted each evening, going out for dinner and then feeling renewed by the next morning.
9. Finding the yellow arrows and following the way.
10. Realising that life is a physical journey and we just need to keep moving forward one little bit at a time regardless of how tough that might be.
11. Finding peace in nature and hard work.