Wishing everyone a Very HAPPY THANKSGIVING – as we enjoy CELEBRATING the Spirit of Acción de Gracias in Galicia on the Camino. So much to be GRATEFUL for today and every day. May your Heart Be Full and Your Life Blessed With LOVE! Bo Camiño!
Always inspiring to see beautiful pictures and experiences of the Camino de Santiago. Something amazing about witnessing people’s journey’s, dreaming of another camino adventure, or bringing the Camino SPIRIT into our daily lives and activities!
Thank you Associacao dos Amigos do Caminho de Santiago de Viana do Castelofor your inspiring video and post for more please visit: https://www.facebook.com/caminhosantiagoviana
Villafranca del Bierzo is a picturesque medieval village just 187 KM from Santiago de Compostela and is located between the historic templar city of Ponferrada and O Cebreiro the gateway to Galicia. In the middle ages, Villafranca was first mentioned in 791 and then in the 9th century was a resting place for pilgrims.
In 1070, during the reign of Alfonse VI of Leon a monastery was founded here to cultivate wine and a borough of french pilgrims rose up around it which gave the town its name and meaning – Villafranca = “French Town”.
This medieval village is dominated by a massive still-inhabited feudal-fortress and is a great place to stroll the streets soaking up the quaint architecture and enjoy some of the local traditional cuisine and wine.
While strolling this quaint village you might want to visit the Romanesque Church of Santiago to see the Puerta del Perdon (Door of Pardon) – it was a sort of spiritual consolation prize for exhausted pilgrims who couldn’t make it over the mountains and onto Santiago de Compostela.
El Juego De La Oca is another wonderful surprise and new experience of discovery along The Way of Saint James adding to the mystery and the history that makes the Camino so unique. Have fun seeing what you will learn and uncover of the hidden treasures and secrets of Galicia and the Camino!!!
“The Game of the Goose or Goose game is a board game with uncertain origins. Some people connect the game with the Phaistos Disc (because of its spiral shape), others claim that it was originally a gift from Francesco I de’ Medici of Florence to KingPhilip II of Spain sometime between 1574 and 1587, while the latest theories attribute to the Templars the creation of the game. According to these theories the Templars, possibly inspired by other games or discs (as the Phaistos Disc) from the Holy Land, developed a game and a secret or encrypted guide to the Way of St. James, representing each numbered space in the game a different stage in this journey. Furthermore, the hidden messages would not be just in the game but in themonuments, cathedrals and churches along the Way to Santiago de Compostela.” – Wikipedia
Remembering my first day in Vilei, September 2011, at German Limeres’s family country home where he was having a fantastic Galician Barbecoa with his friends and documenting the pilgrims for his Rexistro 108 Vilei Pilgrim Photography Project always fills me with happiness and renewed inspiration. I was fortunate to be invited and was able to capture more pictures and video of pilgrim’s sharing their camino experiences. It was a truly magical day sharing it with so many wonderful people and pilgrims.
Meeting Berit and Johanna as they were making their way to Santiago was extra special for me as the day was truly unique and a first time always holds extra special memories. Berit and Johanna are also from Germany near my families historic home town so it was more synchronicities for me of the Camino and to my families heritage. A perfect day filled with incredible people from around the world and an amazing experience was the perfect combination for deepening my passion and love for the Camino! Thank you Berit for sharing some of your camino reflections and for providing me a wonderful memory on the Camino. We look forward to your return - Bo Camiño!
“Experiences about the camino:
The first kilometers were very hard. Every part of your body hurts all the time. But later I find a good way to go the right tempo. And you look around you, everywhere beatiful landscapes…the spirit is totally free. The camino was very special to me, I make a big changing. And now life is more easier for me! I really wan´t to go the camino once again!”
If you are enjoying the French Way as a winter adventure then you might enjoy sharing in some special camino fun in Samos at the historic monastery which was founded in the sixth century by Benedictine Monks. You can take part in discovering the Gastronomy in the Camino and learn more about the traditional customs that are still alive and celebrated today. This three day event takes place December 6 – 8, 2013 and you are sure to discover, taste and enjoy some unique Galician Gastronomy TREASURES! We hope you will join us!
It was a special day spending time with Travel Light Film in the Camino while they were making their journey and documenting their experience along the way. They have many wonderful stories to share and we look forward to seeing their documentary when they have completed their editing. We hope that they will return to Spain and be able to share their movie with other fellow pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela at the 2014 Camino Film and Television Festival. Just like the Camino life is one step at a time and there are other steps to take before their possible return. Wishing them all the best and sending thank you’s remembering the Travel Light Film Team and Lindsay Thompson (Director / Co-Producer) sharing some of her camino thoughts.
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