I always thought the Camino de Santiago was a single pilgrim’s route skirting around the Pyranees, through the Picos de Europa and on to Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain. The truth is there are a myriad of ways caminos de santiagoIn fact a pilgrim’s way starts wherever you start. So we took the North Wales to Santiago pilgrim’s route, assisted by a few motorways 002 and a ferry, and guided by a star of Galicia.006 Along our route we often saw the Camino trail markers caminos symbol the sign of the scallop.
The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, together with those to Rome and Jerusalem. The route saw a decline in the last few centuries but has become popular again in the past 25 years. A pilgrim party was happening non-stop in the plaza outside the cathedral.santiago007 While we were in the plaza four or five groups showed up from as far away as Japan and the Ukraine.

Japaneses pilgrims with matching knee braces

Japaneses pilgrims with matching knee braces

Saint James, according to Spanish legends, had spent time preaching the gospel in Spain, but returned to Israel upon seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary. He was martyred there. So much for visions. After James’s death, his disciples shipped his body to be buried in Santiago where he occasionally does the miracle of two.

The saint is out of the office today

The saint is out of the office today

Off the coast of Spain, a heavy storm hit the ship, and the body was lost to the ocean. After some time, however, it washed ashore undamaged, covered in scallops.
I LOVE scallops, with garlic and olive oil, YUM. Off to the tapas bar… then on to Portugal

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