The “H” Memories – walking down the memory Camino Lane

Happy Encounter

Happy Encounter

Nestor, our trusty donkey lead (we called ourselves Team Nestor) brought joy to so many around him. He was by far, the most photographed of us all. He had a friendly disposition and seemed comfortable around people at all times. This particular picture always makes me smile – I call it “Happy Encounter” because Nestor had a way to put a smile on everyone’s face. This was taken on our way up up up to O’Cebreiro, and the woman in the window was making some sort of soup that smelled heavenly! Nestor approached the window and she burst out laughing and reached on the counter to grab a carrot to give to Nestor. It was really a joyous encounter!

Hands

Hands

One of the things I admired the most about the hundreds of statues in the churches and cathedrals, was the care with which details were kept during the creation of these statues. In particular, the hands. I seemed to have been drawn to the hands, most very delicately reproduced to look very real.

I was quite amazed that many of the statues, albeit of at least 500 years since their inception, were well kept. Considering the art work is in the open (not behind glass panels as we often see in museums) I actually could get very close and even admire the brush strokes of the artist. What an amazing experience.

Horizon

Horizon

The path of the Camino was often close to the roads, but far enough to provide for some unique views of the horizon.

At times we were several feet lower than the main roadway as in this particular picture, offering us an interesting sight. Of course, any time I would find poppies, was an opportunity for a photograph.

Horse Tales

Horse Tales

Many pilgrims I met were unaware that the Camino could be done on horseback. Many who met Nestor the donkey wanted to know if any of us rode Nestor – Nestor was a walking companion, not a ways to aleviate the  weight of our backpacks. In fact, Nestor carried the tenting equipment, his food and care package and sometimes, the lunch bag. We all carried out own packs. We did encounter several pilgrims doing their Camino on horseback which poses the same challenges as having a donkey – finding adequate grassy areas for the animals.

Humble Abode

Humble Abode

I spied on a dove (or pigeon, not sure) settling in its humble abode for the night.  Birds were in abundance during the spring and along with the traditional ones I see often at home, I discovered the beauty of storks!

I have photos of storks in future entries, but suffice to say I never got tired of seeing nature be it flowers, plants, trees and critters along the way.

Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!

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9 thoughts on “The “H” Memories – walking down the memory Camino Lane

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post! I’m now signed up to receive yr posts by e-mail and when time permits I’ll go back to previous ones. What a great theme, thank you for sharing it with us. Please nuzzle Nestor’s from me. Your photos are lovely. I especially love the hands. I loved them all …

  2. First of all, thanks for all your help with the A to Z Challenge! H is also for Heroes and Heroines helping out!

    My daughter walked the last 100 miles of the Camino to mark the end of her junior year abroad in Granada. Although she was known as “Barbie Pilgrim” for the make-up and dress shoes she carried, she was a real trooper and loved every minute of it (well, maybe not the snoring). One of my friends is hiking it now. We will be in the French Pyrenees in June at the Breche de Roland–but that’s about as much contact with the Camino ourselves, other than the many times we drove along it when up around Pamplona. I’m glad to see you’ve got a link to “Six Ways to Santiago,” which I liked so much better than “The Way.”

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