Each year, thousands of people walk the various pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in North west Spain. This book is about the author's personal pilgrimage, following the less frequently travelled route of the Via de La Plata from Seville to Santiago, a distance of 1,006 kilometres. It's also about the people he met along the way, their stories, adventures together and most of all, the most valuable of commodities which seem so undervalued these days: humanity and friendship.
After a failed attempt to walk the Camino de Santiago right after I retired in 2007, I decided to try again. I left my door on May 1st with a one-way plane ticket and never looked back. I arrived in St. Jean Pied-de-Port the next morning and started Walking the Walk. I never had a bad day, but I needed to find a way home after seeing the sunset at the end of the world. This is my story about me Walking the Walk. Marty
Funny, touching, and inspiring! A book about really walking the Camino de Santiago! Perhaps it was the onset of middle-age or just too much diet cola, but in the Spring of 2010, Canadian boy, Randall St. Germain felt called to take on the 800 kilometer, or 500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Seriously, what ensued was a dedication to his mother, a personal challenge, and a journey of cultural and historical enlightenment. A million footsteps, and a few pounds of gauze and tape later, he arrived in Santiago de Compostela, with a better understanding of himself - and a newfound familiarity with snoring and flatulent pilgrims! Join St. Germain on his adventure in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, an irreverently chuckle-inducing look at one man's attempt at the famed walk as he confronts apocalyptic weather, snarling dogs, epic blisters, an exhausted body, and his greatest paranoia in life-bed bugs. Along with his humorous reflections, there is practical insight into how he successfully prepared, packed, and then walked across the entire French Way in 20 days - and in doing so, pushed far beyond his personal comfort zone. Never to be included on the final list of Pulitzer Prize nominees, or in Oprah's Book Club, Camino de Santiago in 20 Days is not your granddaddy's Camino book, either. One word of caution: Pilgrim Discretion is Advised.
Stanton's (Spanish, U. of Kentucky) account of his 30-day pilgrimage by foot across northern Spain, following the route of the ancient Camino de Santiago, apparently in the late 1980s or early 1990s, and the spiritual journey that paralleled it. Lightly illustrated. No index. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
A practical but always stimulating guide, "The Road to Santiago" covers the art and architecture of this great pilgrimage route. The road to Santiago crosses spectacular mountain country in the Pyrenees with both small Romanesque chapels and great Gothic churches. This newly revised edition brings all practical details up to date. "[Jacobs] is the ideal companion: . . . patient, lively, and endlessly generous with his encyclopedic, cultivated mind". - "Irish Independent ".