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.
At some point on my trip I was inspired to take pictures of … walls …. of all things.
Trudging along, I was intrigued by all the different styles of walls I came across.
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?
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.
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.