Below is the roundup of Camino related events and hikes in the SF Bay Area for the month of July 2017. But first, I had a wonderful time on the Camino Inglés and will be writing my route reports soon. Part of the joy of “unpacking” my Camino is going through the many photos and compiling my notes so that my reports might be helpful for pilgrims considering this route. I enjoyed every step of the Camino Inglés and look forward to sharing the highlights and lessons learned.
My Camino Inglés 2017 itinerary:
May 28 Paris flight to Santiago, train from Santiago to A Coruña.
Siteseeing/Camino training. Walked 13 miles.
May 29 A Coruna sightseeing and bus to Ferrol. Walked 9 miles.
May 30 Ferrol to Neda. Walked 9.5 miles w/backpack and 4 miles siteseeing.
I’m glad I didn’t take the shortcut bridge to Pontedeume!
June 1 Pontedeume to Betanzos
June 2 Betanzos to Presedo
June 3 Presedo to Bruma
June 4 Bruma to Sigueiro
June 5 Sigueiro to Santiago
June 5 – 8 Santiago
June 9 fly back to Paris to meet husband
June 9-12 Paris Marais
June 13-14 Train trip Trouville Sur Mer
June 15-18 Paris Montmartre
I will post detailed route reports on this blog. Until then, I posted photos on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/caminoprovides.
I also shared some photos on instagram at instagram.com/caminoprovides.
It was so good to be back in España! France was fun too.
The secret is out. I am enjoying another Trafalgar Tour with my mom before I walk a Camino. This time it’s the “Secrets of France” tour that starts and ends in Paris. It includes a high-speed TGV train ride that takes only three hours to get to Bordeaux in the south-west corner of France, as opposed to an eight-hour bus ride. This year it was mom’s turn to choose our itinerary, and she picked a winner!
I’ve been writing up a storm lately, and I really need to pack for my Camino, but I couldn’t resist a quick toast all the moms out there. For they have the most important job there is. Cheers to all the moms!
In service today, Father Dan said something along these lines, “God is the father. . . Wait, scratch that, God is the mother. How many times do we hear ‘God is father’ in the gospel, but really, God is not a specific gender. What’s more, God’s love is unconditional, like a mother’s love for her child.” Amen.
Fr. Dan also quoted a recent comic from The New Yorker. “The prodigal son returns to do his laundry.” Continue reading
Today, Pope Francis was in Fátima to canonize Jacinta and Francisco, two of the children who reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in a field in Portugal. This sighting took place one-hundred years ago, and made Fátima one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the world. Learn more about the Fatima pilgrimage in this video.
My pre-Camino tour of Portugal included a night stay in Fátima. Most tours just stop there for a day, but because we stayed in a hotel right next to shrine, I was able to attend the candlelight procession in the evening, as well as the mass at the cathedral the next morning.
The experience was deeply moving. It was just one day before leaving for my Camino, and during a time of my rekindled faith. After this candlelight ceremony, I pondered the idea of getting a blessing before my journey. Continue reading
Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23
Continued from Porto Memories: Stock Exchange Palace and Imperial McDonald’s.
If you like Port wine, don’t miss a visit to the many Port cellars on the south side of the Duoro in Porto. Instead of touring the British-founded Sandeman Port, our tour guide brought us to Ferreira, the only Porto wine house to have remained in Portuguese hands since its foundation. And it was made successful by a woman! Ferreira tops the list in the 10 Wine Tours You Can’t Miss in Porto. Below are photos from our experience.
Continued from Porto Memories: Walking Tour.
Below are the photos of the Stock Exchange Palace, followed by our guilty pleasure: having lunch at the Imperial McDonald’s. Don’t judge, some people say it’s the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world!
Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) was built in the nineteenth century by the city’s Commercial Association in Neoclassical style. According to the Rick Steves Portugal book, “Today this unassuming building is neither a stock exchange or a palace, but a breathtaking monument to civic and commercial pride, with some of the most lavishly decorated rooms in Portugal.”
Continued from São Bento Railway Station.
I love to take walking tours to get a vibe on a city. Trafalgar usually includes walking tours led by locals, and we have always had a fantastic experience. Below are the photos from our tour through the Ribeira (riverbank) district of Porto, and the Dom Luis I bridge.