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I have not had time to watch the whole thing, but after the first half hour or so, I can say that it is very interesting and has beautiful pictures. And, just like The Way dubbed in Spanish, this is another opportunity to improve your Spanish, because the Spanish language transcript flows over on the left side as people talk. There is some discussion at the beginning that will be familiar to many — what is pilgrimage, why do people walk today, etc.

I know there’s always some artistic license taken when these programs are created, but when I saw the Romanesque church at about minute 11, I thought — I never saw that when I walked the Camino Lebañiego. Turns out it is San Martín de Elines, a church that is more than 100 kms from the monastery of Santo Toribio, and actually on the great planning thread on the Camino Viejo that @VNwalking did a few months ago. Not sure why it figures in the video, but maybe there is a reason.

I will definitely go back to finish it. The history is fascinating — Santo Toribio, bishop of Astorga, went to the Holy Land to bring back relics, and supposedly brought back the left arm of Jesus’s cross. When his body and the cross were spirited north for safekeeping, they were hidden in this monastery. Most interesting for the skeptics is the fact that scientific study undertaken in the 1950s revealed that the wood is more than 2000 years old and is from a cedar that is prevalent in Palestine.

Anyway.... I know some of forum members have been fascinated by the recent ancient architecture threads, and this fits in nicely. Thanks for posting it!

Buen camino, Laurie


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There was a post/thread on the forum the other day I saw that had a link to youtube videos where they speak with locals along the VDLP I believe. Now I cannot find it on here and want to see it again lol. Anybody know what I am talking about?

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