Trips of a Lifetime: El Camino de Santiago
By Logan Marshall, 10/10/2011
For the first of our new series of Trips of a Lifetime we present the El Camino de Santiago.
Translating as The Way of St. James, this was an important Christian pilgrimage during Medieval times on which a plenary indulgence (an absolution of sin) could be obtained. Traditionally, the pilgrimage begins in Paris and runs to Santiago de Compostela. Modern pilgrims, however, have the option of several potential starting points with many begining in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port which spans 769 km through France and Spain. The entire trip of which requiring approximately one month to complete.
Traditional aspects of the pilgrimage include:
The Shell of St. James
Though the El Camino de Santiago is no longer pursued purely by the devout it retains a time honored quality that is rare in travel today. If you have some time, a few weeks at least, and are physically able, you might want to consider traveling on your own pilgrimage. Let's face it, you can't beat the price and the journey affords a glimpse of Spanish and French countryside that no tour bus can offer.
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