If you have never seen the film, “The Way,” do yourself a favor and rent, buy, download, borrow, burn or pull it up on Netflix and watch it. It is an amazing story which centers around a man (played by Martin Sheen) who ventures on the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, after a family tragedy. The Camino de Santiago is an 800 kilometer (about 497 mile) trek that extends across the northern Spanish countryside. Travelers, or pilgrims, as they are called, follow yellow painted arrows marking the road, stopping in towns along the way. Walking at a pace of 12 to 15 miles a day, a pilgrim can expect to reach the final destination point on the Camino – the shrine of St. James the Great in the Cathedral de Santiago – in 6 to 8 weeks.
Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for over 1,000 years and do so for many reasons: for enlightenment, for penance and to seek adventure, to name a few
As you read this, Claudio Ponte is walking the Camino. We were thrilled when he sent us a few photos of his journey…
Claudio on the Camino carrying a walking stick, a classic symbol of the Camino to help weary pilgrims on their journey.
“Worth the Walk.” Paella, lots of paella
Before his trip, Claudio could be seen walking around the winery in these shoes, breaking them in for the Camino.
We can’t wait to see more photos of Claudio’s epic trip. As they say to the pilgrims on their journey, “Buen Camino!”