Farmers, thistles, & new friends

  Although many of the small Spanish pueblos we pass through seem nearly deserted, we’ve had the pleasure of encountering a few extraordinary folks – both locals and fellow pilgrims from all over the world. A simple “¡Hola!” can initiate an informative conversation, and sometimes, a new friendship. Since the beginning of our long walk, we’ve passed gardens…

Watercress – Nasturtium officinale

We’ve reached Burgos – one third complete. Over the past 288 km we’ve walked across a wide spectrum of landscapes – forests, parks, vineyards, wheat fields, along busy roads, through small villages and sizeable cities. To witness the flora fluctuate with the changing character of the terrain is truly fascinating –  and it’s only spring! One of the most…

The Road to Pamplona

Phew! Much has happened since we took our first steps out of St. John Pied de Port just five days ago. The initial stretch of road passed at a crawling pace of 3 km/hr – quite slow, but necessary as the route was loaded with new plants to identify and familiar feast-able flowers to photograph. As our boots climbed towards the…

St. John Pied de Port

Yesterday evening we arrived in Saint John Pied de Port, France, to blooming flowers and crisp air. This small town is the starting point of the Camino Frances, and this morning, with a light rain that will surely mask the gorgeous views, we head through the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles, our first steps of the 2,638…