Sunday, November 17, 2013

Talking Camino

Pilgrim offerings in the Abbey church at Conques
I was invited to lunch yesterday at Richard and Anita Goodfellow's lovely renovated schoolhouse in the tiny village of Mazerolles near Najac. Our objective (other than enjoying a fabulous meal of curried carrot soup, a perfect omelet a la Richard, salad, berry crumble and wine) was to talk about walking pilgrimage on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Richard and Anita are passionate walkers and have done pieces of the Camino both along the northern coast of Spain and along the Portuguese coast. They have also hiked extensively in the Pyrenees. As often happens when kindred spirits meet over wine, the conversation ranged both wide and deep. We talked about families, past lives, and the many other places in the world they have trekked. But we always returned to the Camino and what the experience is like to walk even a short bit of it. Richard and Anita walked the required last 100 kms into Santiago to qualify for the Compostela (certificate of completion) and attended the dramatic Pilgrim's Mass at the Cathedral there. We poured over guidebooks and photo albums. I came home quite inspired  The afternoon made my pilgrim's heart sing!

Next time, though, I promise not to talk so much so I can remember to take a few photos of the Goodfellow's wonderful old schoolhouse and its amazing view over the valley to Najac.
In France, the Camino is called the Chemin de St. Jacques
(the Way of St. James)

1 comment:

  1. It was lovely to see you. We always enjoy talking about walking, especially the Camino - I just hope we didn't overdo the vacation photos! I'm glad you left feeling inspired!