Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Pilgrims Welcome Here
I intentionally didn't include this door in yesterday's photo collage because I thought it deserved its own blog post. While the brilliant blue door and lintel are certainly eye-catching, they are not what drew my attention to this doorway. Can you guess what did? If you said to yourself 'I'll bet it has something to do with pilgrims," you'd be right! See the hiking boots and the shell above the entrance? Those are symbols that pilgrims are welcome here. Sure enough, this is a hostel for those walking the chemin, the way of St. Jacques to Santiago de Compostela. Tucked away on one of the tiny ruelles of old town, it's not easy to find...not sure I could find it again! But I know it's a welcome sight for those who need a bed for the night and a place to rest weary feet.
Musings From Red Bell Farm and Dona Nobis Pacem. There's even a story at Musings about my misadventures of being a pilgrim imposter for a night in 2009. Figeac is on the Via Podenesis, the pilgrims' path that starts in Le Puy and ends many, many miles later at Santiago de Compostela in Spain where the bones of St. Jacques (St. James) are buried and venerated. Each year thousands of people become pilgrims, walking all or part of the Way. This chemin also goes through Conques...my very favorite pilgrimage village. My dream is to walk the Way. Who knows...some day I may be a pilgrim checking into this hostel ready to put down my walking sticks, pull off my boots, and relish the peace and quiet of old Figeac for the night.