History and exploring different cultures is one of the true pleasures of a travel adventure. Immersing ourselves into wonderful experiences that are colorful, vibrant and make us feel alive. It is always a delight to explore and discover new traditions of cultural expression and it was my pleasure to arrive in Ribadavia in the Ribeiro Wine Region just in time for the Xornadas De Folklore 32nd annual celebration of dance. Held in the cities ancient Castle it was the perfect night and setting to share in watching dancers from Xeorxia Georgia – Gori, Taiwan, México, Philippines, Russia and Brazil. It was definitely a night to remember making for more special memories in Galicia and the Camino!
Immersing yourself in a Camino adventure includes wonderful surprises as our spirits journey along The Way! We explore, discover and partake of an experience that is unique, exciting and always interesting. One of the special pleasures of making Camino travels is to enjoy the many festivals that Spain celebrates. In Galicia they help you step back in time as you enjoy participating in the many cultural traditions that make incredible memories and help you feel what it must have been like to live in centuries past. We mix pilgrim experiences of modern day explorations with a little time travel tasting a bit of history has us creating memories that will inspire and last.
It is a very special pleasure to now be exploring the Camino Minhoto Ribeiro – discovering the incredibly rich and diverse history that makes this region of Ribeiro Wine Vineyards and Galicia unique and exciting.
Like the SELLOS of the camino the stamps of the Correos have been decorated with beautiful and inspiring images that reflect the spirit of the camino. Reminding us that for centuries this pilgrimage tradition has been kept alive in the memories and stories of the pilgrims that have made their mark on the paths that all lead to Santiago, as well as, in the beautiful pictures and symbols that connect the Camino with its rich heritage and cultural tradition that still invites millions from the around the world to make their own personal journeys of discovery and embark on an adventure of a lifetime one step at a time. Bo Camiño!!! Sending SMILES from the Camino :)
A UNIQUE CAMINO EXHIBITION
The Camino INSPIRES and transforms our lives in ways that are hard to imagine at the time of experiencing it. It grabs a hold of us in a very special way and new CREATIONS are birthed from this experience. Marc Heffner´s Camino Experience in 2004 during the Holy Year Xacobeo was an experience of a lifetime as the camino is for all of us. Arriving into Santiago de Compostela on July 24 during the Holy Year without knowing of the AMAZING Festival Celebrations he shared in celebrating his own camino with others from around the world at a very unique and special time. Having always been an artist from an early age his talents and creations have merged into a most INSPIRING style and his company CaminoEstrella.com shares his INCREDIBLE works of art that inspire all of us and keep the Camino Spirit and our Camino Memories ALIVE!
Marc Heffner will be celebrating with The Pilgrim House a wonderful Camino Exhibition beginning today July 30, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm, Rúa Nova 19. The exhibition will take place at The Pilgrim House starting today and Marc´s artistic creations will be on display August and September, 2015. If you are in Santiago de Compostela it is a special experience that will add to your camino memories.
Wishing Marc Heffner EstrellaCamino.com and The Pilgrim House all the best for their special Camino Exhibition.
Incredible Camino Celebrations
Some experiences are hard to put into words. We feel fully in the moment capturing everything happening around us taking it all in. There is excitement, lots of activity, and the energy lifts us up and wants us to take in as much as we can. Remembering every second, every exchange with those we meet, and enjoy being a part of a very special tradition that takes days to prepare for and culminates in one night of Amazing Celebration Of The Camino Spirit!
Just as we Camino the anticipation of our time along the way builds and builds before we leave and continues as we begin our journeys you can feel the anticipation and excitement grow with every minute and hour and then we are fully in the experience taking in all around us. Every moment precious, unique, and memorable in its own way. It seems as if all our senses are heightened and we excited, alive and free.
The St. James Festival Light & Fireworks Show Mesmerizes, Dazzles, and Delights our SPIRITS in a truly powerful and magical way – it shares through the incredible visual images, light and sound effects a powerful feeling to all who witness it and leaves everyone speechless fixed upon witnessing its inspiring beauty. Cheers of happiness, awe, and delight are shared by all as the fireworks blaze in the sky and it always leaves us wanting more counting down the days, weeks and months to the next festival year where we can take in its magical inspiration again.
A very special thank you to Julio Castro, Director Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos, and everyone at the Parador Santiago De Compostela for another fantastic experience in Santiago and for providing an incredibly inspiring location to capture this years magnificent display celebrating the Camino Spirit and the St. James Festival. It was very special to have a very special visitor from my German Family Heritage Heike Vennemann , and German Artist Marc Heffner join me for this very special celebration – Muchisimas Gracias y Danke!
A very special thank you to artist Marc Heffner of CaminoEstrella.com for joining us and for taking such incredible pictures while we captured video of this amazing tradition and celebration.
Summer celebrations continue as we enjoy sunshine, sunny skies, warm weather that encourages us to make our adventures outside discovering more about ourselves as we enjoy nature, walking, and exploring our external, as well as, as our internal world of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. A perfect mixture and blending of experiences both past and present that help us create our futures.
Our dreams of life continue to bloom and we experience and express more than we might have thought possible. Our “potentialities” are gifts ready to be expressed and with each step we move to sharing in a way that touches all. Like ripples of a stone being tossed into a river they radiate out little by little growing stronger. We too grow stronger and though the newness of our spirits expression may not always seem visible it is from the invisible movement of spirit that all newness begins, grows, experiences life and LIVES.
Wishing you a Fantastically CREATIVE Summer of Exploration and DISCOVERY! Sending SMILES from Spain and the Camino!
Every step we take in life provides the opportunity to open up and experience more of the world around us. To move in the direction of our dreams and live life more fully. One of the greatest gifts of the CAMINO is how it naturally opens our hearts. Little by little with every step a new unfolding of the past like a snake that sheds its skin we shed the hurt, pain and sorrow and step forward into our NEW.
New beginnings, New opportunities, NEW POTENTIALITIES! We reflect on life and relive some of our life’s memories and our spirit invites us to express the dream that has been inside of us all along. With each step we gain a confidence to continue on our paths and with every pilgrim we meet a special opportunity of bonding occurs for in the faces of those we walk with along the way greet us with a SMILE, a special look, an understanding of life’s challenges and eternal hopes that are shared by us all.
We learn to connect, open up, and experience in new ways that are like fresh new breaths as if we were once again a baby being born we gasp for air and begin to take in all around us in new ways that will for sure lead us from crawling,stumbling, standing up and walking in new wonderful directions of our continued life CAMINO!
Wishing everyone a very special Happy 4th of July that this INDEPENDENCE DAY IS A NEW BEGINNING OF A SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE OF YOUR SPIRIT – With every good WISH and SMILES from the CAMINO!!!