- Camino(s) past & future
- Except the Francés
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The flowers are definately cala lilies. They were the flowers used in my deceased sister's wedding 35 years ago. I saw many on my caminos and always thought of her.
We call them Arum Lilies in Australia and in Scotland. We got married in Scotland in 1984 and we had some arum lilies in the church flowers for our wedding Then when I emigrated to Australia, a week after our wedding, discovered that they grow wild in many places. I (Anne) love them. I am Scottish/Australian, Pat is Australian.
Just googled it and that is actually a reservoir with a hydro electric dam 30k downstream so that will have a big effect on levels. In Madidi's pic there is the old bridge. Mad fact (to me, who just read it lol) Portomarin as it is today, is only 57 years old. Moved whole village when the dam was builtBeginning of June was very wet last year, probably May too hence such a high water level when I was there
Actually as I know they only moved the churchJust googled it and that is actually a reservoir with a hydro electric dam 30k downstream so that will have a big effect on levels. In Madidi's pic there is the old bridge. Mad fact (to me, who just read it lol) Portomarin as it is today, is only 57 years old. Moved whole village when the dam was built
A wonderful bit of historical information, Rick!The English have their own pilgrimage, to Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. Becket was a friend of King Henry II but after the King got Becket appointed arch-bishop of Canterbury he, Becket, started siding with the church against the king. Henry made some remark that some knights took to mean that Becket should be killed and they took it upon themselves to do the deed. Henry took penitence, the Pope sanctified Becket within a few years and Canterbury became the destination of pilgrims. Henry's daughter Eleanor married the King of Leon and Castile and brought the veneration of Saint Thomas to Spain. In the mid 1500s Henry VIII had Thomas's shrine and remains destroyed.
Now for the pictures. Burgos Cathedral displays a relic of Saint Thomas's hand and the museum of the cathedral in Astorga has this depiction of the martyrdom of Thomas.
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I will raise a glass as well. If not for their vision in making the movie "The Way" I sincerely doubt I would know about these fascinating and delightful trails in Spain. The planning of, and walking my five pilgrimages has occupied my mind in retirement and given me much pleasure.Happy 80th birthday to Martin Sheen, a man whose body of work stands tall in the history of American cinema.
One film in particular stands out, doesn’t it?
Thank you, Martin, Emilio, Taylor and all of the Estevez family - I’ll raise a glass to you all today.
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