- Camino(s) past & future
- Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
As I walked out one midsummer morning in the mid-seventies, at the same age as Laurie Lee was in the mid-thirties, I had his book with me as I set off on my own travels. 40+ years later I am re-reading it. What wonderful images his prose portrays of Spain before the Civil War. If you have ever stayed in one of those old buildings with a courtyard in the centre, now an albergue, you may sit there in the enveloping cool . . . close your eyes . . . and imagine how it must have been 80 years ago. Laurie Lee’s descriptions of the inns he stayed in are beautifully written. He walks through Zamora (on the Via de la Plata), Valladolid (on the Camino de Madrid), and Seville. You can almost picture in your mind the shimmering wheatfields and the intense, intense heat of midsummer.