If I wasn’t trying to keep my pack as light as possible, I would have bought this cookie tin in Burgos. What a beautiful tin box!
It features the majestic Burgos cathedral – a profile I will forever recognize as I actually started in that city on my first Camino in 2011.
This is also where my third Camino abruptly came to an end due to a health challenge – and where I will restart my Camino in 2016.
What an amazing sight – trees as far as the eye could see.
This picture was taken in Leon, atop an archway structure (hence, the bird’s eye view). These trees are very unique as they are gnarly and twisted.
I don’t know the name of this type of tree, but they can be often found flanked side by side.
May I introduce you to a well known Camino legend called Tomas. He can be found in his little shrine-like structure a few kilometer walk past the Cruz de Ferro, in Manjarin. Tomas was a businessman who walked the Camino and experienced a calling to become a Knight Templar. Tomas does daily sword rituals and prayers for pilgrims, hosts lunches and dinners in his rustic albergue and is quite a colourful pilgrim.
A visit is a must as you make your way from the Cruz de Ferro into Foncebadon. You will not be disappointed!
San Juan de Ortega, also know as Saint John the Hermit, became a priest at a young age.
Juan established at Urteca a hospice for lodging pilgrims and other travelers. He devoted his manual labors to the construction and repair of bridges and roads for the pilgrim route to Compostela. It is quite a feeling to be standing in front of this revered saint’s tomb. It was only during the process of selecting pictures for this blog that I noticed my reflection on the information panel.
Imagine my surprise when I walked into this little restaurant/store to see all these clocks telling the time of each city listed.
Wouldn’t you know – the one for Canada was titled OTTAWA, my home town!
What a thrill not only to see the Canadian flag, but to read my home town’s name – on the Camino!
Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!