Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Walking Through the Rioja Vineyards

August 18 & 19, 2018 I have to be honest – if it wasn’t for the wonderful peregrinos we have met and keep seeing along the way and the beautiful blue skies and stellar sunshine – and okay, the many hilltop medieval towns and massive, ornate churches we have wandered into, and the fact that…

A Hill Is A Hill Is A Hill Is A Hill

August 16 &17, 2018 Unlike my previous two Caminos, this time I feel less compelled to add to the amazing history that I am experiencing along the way. Or to be truthful, less “able”. Partly because walking with one friend doesn’t really allow me the “free time” to research and embellish. This seems contrary given…

Hemingway, Windmills And A Hot And Dusty Camino!

August 14 & 15, 2018 I am reflecting on yesterday and today’s Camino installment while sitting at Café Gazilaz – in a tiny community square, across from the church in Obanos, Spain, drinking a hard earned, much appreciated, muy frío cerveza!! Yesterday we had an under two hour walk into Pamplona. My body is holding…

Let It Go and Go With The Flow!

August 13, 2018 Today I had considerable success in my Camino Themes of “let it go” and “go with the flow!! We set an alarm to get up at 5:45 to get a hot breakfast down the street, having learned last night that the “bar” opened at 6:00. My Camino partner is still trying to…

Easy, Peasy – Says Who?!??

August 12, 2018 Today we walked from Roncesvalles to Zubiri, 13.9 miles. Though the guidebook touted this as an easy, flat day, there were still enough hills to make me want to toss the guidebook (at the very least call the authors “liars” under my breath…), cry and near the end, shuffle my feet. Dixie…

And So It Begins (Again!!!)

August 8 & 9, 2018 After more than a week of temperatures in the 90’s here in France with limited cooling options, preceded by more than a week of high 80’s at home before embarking upon this exciting new Camino chapter – combined with Dixie’s extreme work schedule pre trip and lengthy flight, we took…

A New Adventure

August 7, 2018 Today was bittersweet. I said, “So Long” to my darling Lindsey and her fiancé, Darrell. And, par for the course, I made some (not so) under my breath comment about housekeeping – astoundingly as a reply to a heartfelt “thank you” – where does my psyche/brain/being even get off on that crap…

Toulouse

August 6, 2018 We took our time leaving the lovely sea town of Sète and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. My daughter, being the awesome photographer that she is – as well as the driver, pulled us off to a an expansive sunflower field! We were lucky to find it since the epic season is in…

Sète on the Sea

August 5, 2018 Our octogenarian hostess, Bridgette, set another lovely breakfast table of sweet and flakey croissants, organic yogurt and butter, pots of jam, sliced baguette and THE MOST DELICIOUS, juicy, ripe, delectable, grande apricots!!! Two mornings of this fare is an indulgent treat!! We packed our bags, enjoyed a leisurely walk and then a…