Roaming for a while….

image of path

Hi Everyone! Well, the time has come to close the shop for a bit – my DH and I are heading off on our travels, so I won’t be able to handle any more orders until we return. We’ll be back in August refreshed, rejuvenated and ready – with plenty of time to post in time for the Holiday Season.

I will still be able to respond to limited emails, and of course, the TAST challenge will run. In fact, I have just finished a marathon effort and pre-written it until the end of August. However, please be aware that we will be using unreliable internet connections in Europe – so it could be a day or two before I can respond to queries or comments.

You are all in my heart as we set off to walk the ancient medieval pilgrimage road known as the Camino de Santiago across Spain. We will be walking 500 miles/ 800 kilometres from Southern France, over the Pyrenees mountain range, turn right when we reach Spain and walk until we get to Santiago de Compostella – reputedly where the remains of St James the Apostle are buried.

I know some of you will be shaking your head muttering to yourself “Didn’t she do that already?” Yes, we walked in 2016 and have become Camino tragics, so will do it again at a different time of year (Spring rather than Autumn) and stay in different villages and towns.

The route is over 1000 years old and is UNESCO World Heritage listed for the entire route, so we will be staying in ancient monasteries and pilgrim hostels along the way. I’m really excited because there is so much history along this route. At times we will be walking on actual Roman roads built 2000 years ago, and we will pass where Charlemagne took his troops, and 500 years later, so did Napoleon.

We will also be walking on ground that has been continuously inhabited for 1.2 million years by the earliest pre-humans in Europe, followed by the Neanderthals and then modern humans. We will be connecting with a history dating back to the dawn of time – Phew! I might need a cuppa on that one!

After our 500 mile walk, we will do some more travelling around before joining with hundreds of Urban Sketchers from all over the world to sketch in the historic town of Porto in Portugal, for the International Urban Sketchers Symposium, before returning to Australia in August.

If you want to follow our travels you can check out In a minute ago which is my blog about Journaling and  Sketching. Jerry’s blog is The Fogwatch. To be honest he is a much better writer than me and takes great photos (credit goes to him for these two) He wrote about our last Camino here 

image of Spanish Village

35 Comments

  1. Sharon,
    I understand! How fortunate you are! I followed along last year an loved the phos you and Jerry shared. I have been on parts of el Camino. We traveled to le Puy en Valay to see the Black Madonna in the Cathedral. I’ve wanted to do this walk, but I’m joining you in spirit!

    Safe Journeying!

    Marilyn

    Marilyn
  2. You are extraordinary! I’ve no doubt you’ll absorb every experience and each inspiration to the fullest . Looking forward to what you will share. Wishing y’all a safe and rewarding adventure.

    Nancilyn
  3. Talking of music – have you heard the New London Consort’s recording of the 12th and 13th music of the Camino? It’s so evocative.

    Have an amazing journey in body and spirit. In the meantime we will be stitching and thinking of you each week.

    Helen
  4. I am a newbie to this site, but love it. I am so enviousness of all the history your going to cover. I am really happy that your able to do this, just to imagine what it would be like to walk the same paths as the ancients. Amazing! Good travels

    Lori McFarland
  5. I’ve heard so much about this since my college days-I was a European history major. I’ll be living vicariously through you and your husband! Safe travels and God bless.

    Eileen Keane
  6. Such an exciting adventure – twice! Opportunities to do more and experience all of it in a new way. Wishing you smooth paths, clear skies and good companions along the way. You know what to take, probably less than you carried before. I’ll be following in your footsteps, digitally.
    Diane

    Diane
  7. Where do you start this time in France? Our house is on the Camino, la Via Podensis from Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port; you are most welcome to stay with us one or more nights if your walking takes this route or passes by;we are in the Lot département, in MONTCUQen Quercy Blanc, on the very point the Camino enters our village, 24kms from Cahors by the road, 34 by the Camino. It would be such a wonderful opportunity to meet you and your husband; I follow your Pintangle posts nearly every second day! Thanks for your answer.

  8. I envy you your pilgrimage. My daughter has done it twice and I have read two books on it that brought me to tears with the intensity of the feelings that can arise. I will be following both of your blogs.

    Audrey
  9. Just over a month ago a local retired vicar came to our W.I. and gave us a talk and pictures of the walk he did last spring on the same pilgrimage.He also showed a map of the various routes from he could have taken from the bordering countries which the route can be started from.. He found it very inspiring, interesting, and peaceful also very glad he did it.
    At the start of the journey when he got to the local railway station he found he had left his walking boots at home. He had a rather fast unlawful drive back home to get them! Pack carefully and enjoy.

    Jacqui
  10. Have a fabulous time. If you like violin/fiddle music take a listen to Oliver Schroer’s album Camino which he recorded in churches along his walk on the Camino. Sadly Oliver died way too young a few years ago.

    Mary Ann Cox
  11. I wish you well on your travels. What a wonderful feat(feet) ooops! Thank-you for your diligent preparation before you go. Have the very best of holidays. Take care

    Marilyn Larkin
  12. Sage ( a mis spell – but I am leaving it as it seems appropriate, given what you are doing) and safe travelling once again to you both – I shall be the lurker and follow you a step behind you and peer over your shoulders

    Sharon – Melbourne

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