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  • Way of Saint James
    June 04, 2013 - 05:26

    Thanks friends of the Way of Saint James. The project http://www.rutacaminosantiago.com, is a merger between the passion for the Way of Saint James and love of old maps, all together to create a product that allows immortalize the experience of the way through a custom map with antique style. Best Regards and BUEN CAMINO!!

  • Skipper Bill
    April 27, 2013 - 15:07

    On the Camino now in Beldorado and luvin it! Today rain drizzle, sleet and sunshine all before lunch. Just like home:-)

    • Brigette
      January 03, 2014 - 21:07

      How much does it cost on a daily basis?

  • Italo Pendola
    April 24, 2013 - 19:13

    It's curious to read about Camino 'falling out of fashion'. The tradition of pilgrimage actually was conditioned throughout centuries by the risks of plagues, diseases and wars. People tend to speak about 'the' Camino, while it's important to point out that more and more pilgrims are rediscovering other routes pilgrims took in the past, such as the English Way or the Portuguese one, more and more popular. The Compostela demonstrated in old times that you eventually walked the Camino substituting someone else (normally a boss) who couldn't or..didn't feel like doing it..

  • David
    April 24, 2013 - 13:43

    Okay, so she got a couple of details wrong (the shells are scallops, for example), but on the whole this was a well-written and entertaining piece that is accurate and captures the spirit of el Camino. I walked it a few years ago, starting in Pamplona, and would love to do it again, this time perhaps from a couple of hundred kilometers back in France, or maybe starting in Barcelona and skirting the southern Pyranees. The walking is addictive, the Spanish people are terrific, and the only downside it finishing. And yes, sending your backpack ahead in a car is cheating, at least if you want to stay in an albergue.

  • Nancy
    April 24, 2013 - 11:20

    "There was a period of maybe a thousand years when pilgrimages along El Camino sort of fell out of fashion." By the writer's account, the Camino fell out of fashion even before the Codus Calixtinus or the Canterbury Tales were written; before Shakespeare wrote Hamlet?! 12th-14th century works, all of which reference or describe the Camino. Out of favor before St Francis made his pilgrimage; before Ferdinand and Isabella made theirs and before Sir Francis Drake arrived to destroy "the centre of pernicious superstition"?! This was the 16th century! Yes, the Reformation considerably slowed the numbers of pilgrims from northern Europe, but the real reason the flow was slowed was the secularization of the 18th and 19th centuries. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pilgrims arrived in Santiago EACH YEAR in the centuries leading up to them.

  • Sil
    April 23, 2013 - 16:37

    'compostelas, which are supposed to reduce the amount of time a person spends in purgatory." No they don't. Those are indulgences. The Compostela is merely a certificate showing that you completed the last 100km (200km for cyclists) of the Camino.