In one month we will begin … at first just by car then for one week au pied … I’ve been collecting suggestions. here goes …
Road to Santiago (Directions) by Kathryn Harrison:
In the spring of 1999, Kathryn Harrison set out to walk the centuries-old pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. ”Not a vacation,” she calls it, ”but a time out of time.” With a heavy pack, no hotel reservations, and little Spanish, she wanted an experience that would be both physically and psychically demanding.
Camino to Santiago de Compostela Information 2014: So far this year …
Numbers are starting to increase and we have been a little concerned about waiting times but more staff have been engaged and a new office where organised groups are being received has been opened.
Here are the numbers for the year so far:
33008 pilgrims registered at the Pilgrims’ Office during the month of June 2014.
This compares to 29364 pilgrims who arrived in June 2013.
This is an increase of 12.5%
The Year to Date
82734 pilgrims registered at the Pilgrims’ Office in the period 1 January to 30 June 2014
75530 pilgrims registered in the same period last year.
This is an overall increase of 9.5%
Saint Francis of Assisi and the Camino:
The information that I found suggested that St Francis made his Pilgrimage on the Northern Way although the precise route that he took seems to be unclear (as far as I can work out he was on his way to Morocco in 1213 sometime after May but illness made him stop in Spain which does fit in).
According to legend the Convento de San Francisco de Valdedios was founded by Saint Francis when he reached Santiago at Val de Dios – ‘Valley of God’ (and the land for it bought from the monks of San Marino for a symbolic annual rent of a basket of trout a tradition that continued until the late 18th century). Cotolay, a coal man who greeted Saint Frances with his family when he entered Santiago, was charged with building the Convento. Cotolay could do this because of the finding of some treasure (possibly he found this near a source of coal after a message from God – the translation of the Spanish document I’m reading is a little unclear or it could have been found near the hermitage of San Paio do Monte).
Another version of the story tells that whilst praying on a mountain Saint Francis was notified by God that his order should build convents starting in Santiago after which Saint Francis suffered a fever and was rendered blind. Cotolay then promised to build the convent on his behalf and convinced the abbot of Saint Martin’s Monastery to give them a piece of land the same size as the skin of a bull for a basket of fish which was agreed on but Cotolay cut the skin into narrow strips to mark out a large plot of land. Then he asked Master Mateo to give them a stack of stones and loggers, in a competition of might, took these to the land. After the Convent was built Saint Franis went to the building and his sight returned.
After visiting Burgos, Léon and Astorga by bus, we will hike to the highest point of the Camino in the spectacular Irago Mountains and leave a pebble at the foot of the Iron Cross – the enigmatic Cruz de Ferro.
The incredulous Mayor, who was preparing to have dinner with friends, responded: “That boy is as alive as these two roast chickens we are about to eat,” and suddenly, the chickens came to life, sprouted feathers and beaks and began to crow, and so, to this day there is a saying about the town which goes: “Santo Domingo of the Way, where the roosters crow after being roasted”.
Love love love this restaurant. I can’t show you all the good stuff because I already ate it. Tarte tatin to die for! — at Buvette..
via Donna Morris.