- Year of past OR future Camino
- Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Looking through some old photo albums, revealing my age, and came across some yellowing phots from Fisterra/Finesterra, 15 years ago. Back then it was a long lovely walk out there to a modernish bustling port, the walk out to the Cabo was lonely but inspiring, and very cheap. My last visit revealed a different place, much more crowded, too much bustle and not in the port, no room in the inn so we took an unpleasant room from an abuela who had a sign in her window, and practiced our German in the bars and restaurants. The walk out to the lighthouse was as crowded as the path leading out of Sarria. No longer my cup of tea. There are other options Muxia being one of them. A better option might be a walk towards Portugal to Padrón, not far for those itinerary-conscious time-restricted and today much more inspiring - for starters the Iglesia de Santiago de Padrón. The church reveals the “Pedron” the large and ancient stone which claims the honor of that to which the boat carrying the body of Saint James was moored when he returned to Spain. In order to see it an attending priest may have to be…ah…persuaded to open the hatch inside the church, that which is in the courtyard is a copy. Padrón also offers the home and museum of Rosalía de Castro Galicia’s finest poet – see “Rosalía de Castro Selected Poems” Shearman Books. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor of Iria Flavia and its porch. Did I mention pimentos padrón? Yes from here.