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The Camino de Santiago ‘Our Way’
At the start of the video, you’ll see our group of twelve ‘pilgrims’ sitting around a large table after lunch in Astorga in the north of Spain. We are discussing the Martin Sheen movie about his Camino to Santiago – “The Way”.
Twelve of my family and friends are on our own version of the Camino . . . maybe not as physically demanding, but nonetheless fulfilling, and indeed enjoyable!
After gathering in Bilbao, we drive first to the La Rioja region
We walk through wonderful old towns from the Middle Ages . . .
. . . across fields . . .
. . . through vineyards . . .
. . . over mountains . . . visiting monasteries
. . . and along World Heritage protected preserved Roman Walls
W e enjoy the convenience of our own motorcoach . . . stay comfortably in good hotels and Paradors . . . and dine on regional specialities
. . . . before reaching the Cathedral of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela
Here in Santiago, a special arrangement has been made with the Sisters in the Sacristy for the swinging of the Botafumeiro during the Pilgrims’ Mass, an event usually kept for Holy Days only. This is a highlight and features extensively in the video.
We share some of our experience through images and video clips . . . and some retrospection.
M y friend and Travel Agent owner of Travelcall in Melbourne, Cher Roscoe took my rather unorthodox request about travel in the north of Spain (including aspects of the Camino “my way”, to Virginia, the owner of Made for Spain. That’s how the itinerary, combining comfortable touring with some walking over the official Camino de Santiago each day, was hatched.
The experience was further enhanced by having the Head Escort, Pablo Lopez Navarro accompany us throughout our Camino.
We were also fortunate to have my friend, Father Steve Sinn, a Jesuit priest from Sydney, who is currently on a sabbatical after eighteen years in the one parish in Kings Cross join us on “Our Way”. Pablo makes arrangements for Father Steve to say Mass for us in one of the side chapels next to the main altar of the Cathedral in Santiago, and that is one of the very personal experiences on our Camino.
ITINERARY on the Camino:
Commencing in Bilbao on May 25th, 2012 and departing for France from Santiago on June 4th, 2012.
Bilbao Free time to visit the titanium, stone and glass Guggenheim Museum
Day 1- Bilbao – Vitoria – La Rioja
Day 2 – La Rioja, Viana and La Guardia
Day 3 – La Rioja, Navarette and Najerra, and on to San Millan de la Cogolla to visit Suso and Yuso monasteries
Day 4 – La Rioja – Burgos – Santo Domingo de Silos – Leon
Day 5 – Leon and Astorga
Day 6 – Leon, Lugo to Santiago de Compostela
Day 7 – Santiago – Mass with Father Steve in Private Chapel of the Cathedral, and Pilgrims’ Mass with the specially arranged Botafumeiro experience
Day 8 – Santiago – Padron, Cambados, Rias Baixas, Galicia
Day 9 We all fly to Paris and down to the Château d’Oyré
Pablo speaks at more length with Michael about the Camino “Our Way”
Semana Santa in Seville 2010 Video
At Easter in 2010, I was also in Spain, but in the south, in Seville. My experiences and interests were centred solely on centuries-old activities surrounding ‘Holy Week’ – Semana Santa. Click below to find the video I made with my friends at the time. It is my first exposure to making videos on my then very new Apple iMovie software.