Life From an Optimist’s Point of View

  • The “U” Memories – Walking the Camino Memory Lane

    This unique window treatment caught my eye. First off, there is the year 1967. Not sure if this is when the house was built, the owners moved it, or a commemoration of another celebration. The small figures at the top represent a bullfighter, a picador  and a damsel. Let’s not forget the two bulls. And […]

  • The “T” Memories – walking down the Camino memory lane

    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 […]

  • The “S” Memories – walking down the Camino memory lane

    Storks are in abundance in Spain. We see stork nests everywhere during the spring months. The pair of parents take turns watching the nest as one of the two flies away to get food for  their little ones. This particular nest caught my eye as I tried to make out what was that black item […]

  • The “R” Memories – Walking the Camino Memory Lane

    Resilience – this is all I could think about when I saw this lone poppy growing on the side of a stone wall. How amazing is this! Of course, poppies hold a special place in my heart as it was my dear sister Denise’s favorite flower. Resilience is something we all have deep inside us […]

  • The “Q” Memories – walking down the Camino memory lane

    You might have thought that finding pictures with the letter “Q” would be difficult. Yes, it was – – however, I did find a few… Queso – or cheese in Spanish – Spain has some award winning cheeses. Goat’s or cow’s cheese, both are very common in Spain and in abundance. I was so surprised […]

  • The “P” Memories – Walking down the Camino memory lane

    Delicious Pulpo (octopus). In Galicia, this is a delicacy and one can find pulpo in specialized restaurants called pulperia. You can also buy in on the street at the outdoor market. The pulpo is boiled in copper caldrons, cut with scissors and typically served on a wooden round plate drizzled with olive oil and hot […]

  • The “O” Memories – Walking down the Camino Memory Lane

    I walked into a small boutique hotel to ask for directions, and I chanced upon one of the most original entrance way. This ornate ironwork gate caught my eye. The sun was shining through the open wall sections and I stood there, mesmerized by these black swirls that made up this gate.   During my […]

  • the “N” Memories – Walking down the Camino Memory Lane

    This is a view of one of the nave in the Cathedral of Santiago. I took the picture during a rooftop walk that turned out to be an amazing experience. Up from where I was, is where many of the medieval pilgrims stayed. The Cathedral is a beautiful sight to see, and during my two […]

  • The “M” memories – walking down the Camino Memory Lane

    Today’s post has many “M” photos… so let’s get going! First off… the Majestic trees- These trees caught my eye as soon as I saw them on the horizon. Standing on their own – they seemed to have an imposing presence, and for sure, they hadvery interesting shapes… They really stood out among all others.   There are […]

  • The “L” Memories – walking down the memory Camino lane

    There is something so peaceful about a long and winding road (Cue the Beatles song). I never saw these roads as huge undertaking but as a quiet opportunity to think. Of course this would be a different story if this was after walking 6 hours already! I admit I preferred the paths that were further […]

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