The Way of St James
This is the beginning of our pilgrimage from St Jean Pied de Port at the foot of the Pyrenees in France following the ancient route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, North West Spain.
The Camino Frances, which is the route we are following, is over 800km in total. We intend to continue the camino a further 85km to Finisterre, where the sun sets beyond the horizon in the Atlantic Ocean. Finisterre was once thought to be the end of the earth.
The Camino is steeped in a rich history. For over 1000 years pilgrims have been making the long trek to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The remains of one of the 12 Apostles, James (The Greater), are said to be buried in the cathedral. While traditionally the Camino was a religious pilgrimage, modern day pilgrims walk for many reasons.
For me, the Camino is a physical, spiritual and mental challenge. A great way to commence our year of adventure.
Wish us a Buen Camino!