El Camino

Growing up, I was always aware of the Pilgrims of El Camino de Santiago. Figures of men with long staffs, funny hats and shells around their necks. Walking the 500 miles through the south of France and the Basque region, across the plains of Castile, to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia where the remains of their saint are buried.

Formerly one of the most important pilgrimages for European Christians, el Camino is still a highly respected and honorable journey of physical hardship, often religious intent, and perseverance. All along the walk are hostels and restaurants with board and food for pilgrims, and scallop shells everywhere you look. The shells being the classic symbol of the pilgrimage.

These days you can walk it, run it, cycle it and do it for whatever reasons you wish, religious or not. For some, like my mother and I, it will be proof of will-power, faith in our own capabilities and physical endurance, knee replacement or no! But for me and my family about a week ago, it was just for fun. We temporary pilgrims grabbed our walking shoes (or converses for those slightly less prepared) and joined the walk at its halfway point, for an hour or two of exercise.IMAG0461

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The route we took was beautiful. Derelict stone-stacked farm buildings on every corner, over fields of wild flowers and across streams linked up to mills. My fellow amateur photographer and I were unstoppable. To the frustration of Dad and brother!

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IMAG0573I instagrammed this picture of some little old cars huddled together in a forgotten barn.

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IMAG0576Some of whom turned out to be not so welcoming after all…

IMAG0577And then onto the home stretch back down the hill to the town built around the old monastery…

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After our exhausting journey, us pilgrims rewarded ourselves with a giant table of food and wine, a very welcome sight…
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It was such a lovely experience, definitely made me want to do the full walk! So watch this space… And would be really interested to hear from anyone who’s actually done El Camino! But sorry about the lengthy post, 400 photos in 2 hours, I had to share some…

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Baiona…

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So as I mentioned, I’m in Spain now until September (lucky me eh)! We’ve rented out a huge and beautiful house overlooking the sea in Northern Spain, in Galicia. It’s still pretty chilly here, but mind-blowingly beautiful. I’ve already taken at least 300 photos, and I haven’t even left the house that much. The best ones I hope to show you in upcoming posts, if not they’ll all be on my flikr so have a look if you feel like you’re missing out…

On our second night here we decided to take ourselves down to the little town of Baiona. This is one of the first places in Spain to hear the news of Columbus’ discovery of the New World and is full of history, but at the same time glamorous and Ritzy. The walk along the harbour stretches from the Parador (old monastery-come-hotel type thing, below) to the edge of the town.

My Dad (who is for all intents and purposes, a Spanish hombre) says that this time of evening when the Golden Hour hits Spain, the glamorous inhabitants take to the street for “el Paseo“, where they walk along the promenade to show off, socialise, and perhaps take a drink or two before returning to their homes for dinner or into the city for a paella with friends…

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In honour of its glamorous reputation I decided trainers and Levi’s were not going to be acceptable in Baiona. I plaited my hair, threw on some interesting textures in simple colours and a pile of plain silver jewellery just in case… (mostly on my ears..)

yy yyymJeans: Asos // T-shirt: Primark // Flatforms: Deena and Ozzy at Urban Outfitters // The cheesy grin: all my very own…

I bought this t-shirt in London the other day in a size 16 because I wanted to go for an oversized look. I feel I am forever searching for the perfect oversized tee.. This one is just the right length, but I might take the sleeves in a bit just to make it look more fitted. It has cool mesh-y bits which I love at the moment, and looks great with huge bright necklaces or with another load of pure white..

I also decided to employ my brother as photographer for this post, he kept making me or himself giggle so there’s now an unfortunate pile of totally unusable photos! I may have to do an out-take post. But check me out taking photos in public where people are! Bumble is going places people!!

All in all, we had a lovely evening, and happened to stumble across a pretty epic sunset on the way home..

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Buenas noches…
Katie x

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