Celebrating St. James – Santiago Festival 2014

It has been an incredible Camino year as we mark the celebration of St. James in Santiago de Compostela 2014.  A year of new beginnings, continued Camino travels, new friendship and Discovering more of GALICIA.  I would like to thank all those that made this year so very special on my continued Camino Travels.  A very special thank you to Julio Castro, Director Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos, as we celebrated 4 years of Camiino Connections that began in 2010 during Xacobeo and the SYNCHRONISTIC meeting of Paulo Coelho and his introduction to you for our Camino Celebration beginnings. An incredible journey that continues to unfold – I am forever grateful as we all share in our love of the Camino.

Spending time in Santiago is always special and it was my pleasure to share in the St. James Festival again with friends.  Thank you to Lucie and Kaj Christensen of Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural – Ribeira Sacra for joining me in Santiago, Cándido Pazos López, Fe Castro Gonzalez – Vanesa of O Mundo Das Telas y Ruth De La Torre for helping me with a wonderful dress design – who would have thought that 15 minutes with some beautiful fabric and 7 hours later you would have helped to create a great dress to wear and enjoy on this special occasion – Thank you for your creative design support and fast work – It was fun and made me feel so very special :)

To Julio Castro – Director Parador – and the whole Parador Staff  for including us in all the Parador Festivities – you are an incredible team that makes experiencing Santiago de Compostela so very special – personal and you have made me feel like one of your family! Muchisimas Gracias – Bo Camiño!!!

Muchas Gracias to Santiago Pintos Capeans for your incredible harp music that is the introduction to the video and your wonderful picture capturing the Scallop Shell of St. James on the Cathedral – magical just like your music – Harpas Maxicas – Corazon Atlantico – perfect as I have crossed the Atlantic to DESCUBRE GALICIA :)

Remembering in prayer – In Memoriam – condolences and continued angel prayers to the families and friends of the victims of the train tragedy 2013 – Our hearts and healing thoughts will always be with you.

Sunshine & Shadows

A Little Fun Along The Way – Summer Sun & Shadows In Galicia

Whether walking alone or with other pilgrim friends you are never alone on the camino – you have your shadow and your angels to watch over you while you are on a very special journey of discovery and a true adventure of your SPIRIT! Here’s to celebrating more special times in the Camino and capturing more of your Camino SHADOWS :)

Hearts Along The Way

The Camino has a way of touching each person in a truly personal, equally significant and life transforming way.  One of the most powerful experiences the Camino has brought me and touched my life in a wonderful way is in opening my heart each day to new experiences and new people with a deeper appreciation for nature and living more openly accepting the many blessings that each new day brings. I am forever grateful to all. Have fun looking for the hearts that are showing themselves to you on your path :)

Faros y Cruces – Lighthouses & Crosses In The Costa Da Morte

Galicia is known for many things and one of its special treasures are the Faros or Lighthouses and crosses that mark the lands end known as the “end of the world” in Finisterre where pilgrims burn their clothes or make final symbolic acts at the completion of their pilgrimage. The Costa da Morte – the Dead Coast –  Galicia’s dramatic coastline with its breathtaking vistas, mystical capes, and incredible variety of beautiful beaches makes for an adventure that is always interesting, exciting and new.  No matter how many times you have visited there is more than enough to keep you coming back for more!

Colorful Designs – Galicia’s Graffiti

Colorful Designs & Creative Expressions – everyplace and country has its graffiti an expression of the people and their experiences.  Each design symbolic and meaningful to the people who created it.  We may not always understand, appreciate or grasp its intent but in someway it is a voice that continues to speak long after its creation.  In some areas of Galicia they have supported artistic expression of youth and groups coming together to create murals of graffiti art. A way to unite, create, and share a message together.

Walking The Ways In Galicia

Camino Invierno – The Winter Way – Or as I like to call it El Camino Del Vino

Every Camino is special and unique providing an opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy.  This year I feel inspired to make a journey of “Walking The Ways In Galicia” taking part in learning more about the Camino and this vibrant, alive, and inviting land of Galicia. Each step along the way, every inspiring view, every moment being surrounded by nature and discovering historical monuments on the path motivate and touch in a truly personal way. Every new day is an adventure of the spirit, mind and body. A mystery that continues to unfold long after the camino journey has ended revealing the deep layers that the Camino touches in a way like no other – as everyone learns the camino never ends the adventure continues!

It was a fantastic beginning taking part in the Ribeira Sacra “Vino Bus” wine tour followed with staying in the historical Parador Monforte De Lemos.  Great to walk out of such an inspiring location to experience a new Camino and learn of the mysteries that pilgrims walking the Camino Invierno or Winter Way have enjoyed for centuries.  Incredible wine vineyards cultivated by the romans, beautiful historic monuments, and being surrounded by incredible scenery that was like a hug from nature.  Sharing in special times with new friends with Luisa and her wonderful Quinta Sacra River Cruises followed by a perfect sunset at Lucie and Kaj’s Cabo do Mundo Casa Rural a view that will take your breath away and leave you wanting to return for sure to soak up more of the beauty and peace of Ribeira Sacra. Following the yellow arrows has been a wonderful adventure of synchronicity along the camino and I am excited to keep an eye out for that beautiful yellow marker to see what lies next on this journey of discovery :) Muchisimas Gracias!!!

 

Thank you to Stacy, Rocio Parador Monforte de Lemos; Maryfe Centro Do Viño Monforte De Lemos; Maria, Beatriz of Máis que Románico Visitas Personalizadas; Aida Asociación De Camiños A Santiago Pola Ribeira Sacra; Gerardo Monforte de Lemos tours; Luisa Quinta Sacra River Cruises; Lucie and Kaj Cabo do Mundo Casa Rural; Marcus and Maria Abaceria O Batuxo Restaurante; Kris Bodegas Via Romana; Fernando and Ana of Bodega Algueira; Bodegas Regina Viarum, Abadia da Cova Bodega, Camilo, Lola, Angeles; Antonio, Ana, Belen of Hostal Gonzalez in Silleda; Nuria, Chechu, Antonio, Sandra, Catalina, Javier for sharing the Feria de Galicia in Silleda and some of the special flavors and tastes of the wines and mariscos that make Galicia so delicious; Carlos and Maria of Fogar do Breogán, and my other camino friends for making my Walking The Ways In Galicia along the El Camino Del Vino so very special. It was a truly magical time enjoying so many incredible treasures and Galician experiences. You and Galicia have captured a very special piece of my heart and I am forever grateful :)

Corpus Christi – Lots of Celebrations In Galicia

Flower Carpets Amaze & Delight

Many special ways to celebrate the festival of Corpus Christi some dating back to 1246, 13 17 and the 14th century in Spain. One that is incredibly beautiful, full of creativity and dedication by those who do the work of the impressive designs along with those who come to admire and worship. Something that you are sure to enjoy and delight in if you are enjoying your camino during this special time of year.

“Although the custom is very old of covering the route which the Corpus must take with aromatic herbs, the so-called flower carpets, which are often great works of art and beauty, appeared at a later date, and are now especially popular in Catalonia, Galicia and the Canary Islands. ” – http://www.gospain.org

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