Making  ancient churches work in modern times

Making ancient churches work in modern times

While in Europe you would be hard pressed to escape churches. And well, why would you? They are pretty beautiful to visit.

If a town is big enough you might even find a cathedral (mostly magnificent) or if the village is small you might have to content yourself with a chapel.

My challenge sheet as a modern day pilgrim

My challenge sheet as a modern day pilgrim

Now that I have arrived in Le Puy en Velay, France, which is one of the major junctions in my journey, I deem it interesting to take an account of the challenges I have endured  during my over 2,000 km walk thus far.

Before reading on, pause for a moment. Ask yourself: what you would expect your three major challenges to be if you were to walk 2,000 km?

How to color in that conch shell?

How to color in that conch shell?

Conch shells have been a symbol of pilgrimage to Santiago since medieval times. A pilgrim would gather the shells at the ocean as proof that he or she had succeeded in his/ her journey to Santiago.

Nowadays, pilgrims obtain such a shell before starting out on their journey. The shells are fastened to the backpack as proof that you are on a quest.

Wild mountain crossing

Wild mountain crossing

Yesterday I crossed the crux of the le Puy route in France, Mount Aubrac.

The mountain at 1,300 m isn’t really that high but multiple people had warned me days in advance about its wild nature.

It was wild.

It was alivening.