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Not quite there.

……. “where it was I meant to travel” is maybe not where it was I was meant to travel Continue reading

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Via Francigena

Growth in numbers.   Most pilgrims on the Via Francigena choose to cross the river Po just before Piacenza by boat. There is one crossing a day which must be reserved. The above photo records the growth in traffic over … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte – Asturias

Camino del Norte – Asturias I walked this stretch of the Camino in July which was fine for weather but very, very busy.  I wonder what it was about me in July last year that has left me with few … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte – Cantabria

Camino del Norte – Cantabria From Bilbao to Santander. Many pilgrims begin their Camino in Bilbao because it has a well-served airport and many attractions to visit on the afternoon or evening they arrive.  Starting in Bilbao also avoids the … Continue reading

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Fainthearted about doing the Camino?

Fainthearted about doing the Camino?  An extraordinary coincidence became a common event in the early stages of my Camino last year.  I had begun walking with an arrhythmia in my heart.  I began to notice that when I spontaneously gave … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte: The Basque Country.

Camino del Norte: The Basque Country. Bilbao. When I first visited Bilbao in the early 70’s I thought it should have been twinned with Glasgow.  Both invisible through the smog, the only difference was that instead of smoky black fog … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte: Irun to Gernika

Camino del Norte: Irun to Gernika What is Time? I met an Irishman on the Camino who told me the story of the farm boy who was driving a pig through a village.  It was taking forever since the pig … Continue reading

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