Northern Spain – Pilgims and the Way of Saint James

Pilgrims' way Santiago de Compostella

Sir Walter Raleigh wrote:

Give me my scallop shell of quiet;
My staff of faith to walk upon;
My scrip of joy, immortal diet;
My bottle of salvation;
My gown of glory (hope’s true gage);
And then I’ll take my pilgrimage.

Burgos lies on one of the principal pilgrim routes of the Camino or the Way of Saint James and during our visit we had to share the streets and the restaurants and the hotel with dozens of foot weary walkers all sharing their hiking tales as they walked towards their ultimate objective – the city of Santiago de Compostela.

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13 responses to “Northern Spain – Pilgims and the Way of Saint James

  1. I like your friend on the bench. 😉

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  2. This is a succinct historical account of the Way over the years, Andrew. It’s in my list of things to do!

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  3. A scallop shell of quiet has the loveliest sound to it, Andrew.
    Then again, I quite fancy the bar of the ferry. Sure we’d find plenty to talk about. 🙂
    Love this post.

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  4. I recently heard about the pilgrimage of The Way. Sounds doable but I would hate to do it alone as there are vast empty spaces I understand. Have there ever been pilgrims who came across thieves etc.?

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    • I don’t think so. There is a lot of company along the way and some routes pass regularly through towns and villages. I am sure it is safe. Robbers and bandits are looking for people in BMWs and with designer gear not scruffy backpackers on a budget!

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  5. Devil! I often rent BMW. I need to take another cars 🙂

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  7. I totally approve your walking plan: ferry, then a little doddle.

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