I left Muxia today and travelled back to the tourist town of Santiago. My legs were grateful for the rest!
I thought I would make a list of the top 10 moments of my adventure which I will share. As you see I am not good at counting. They are in the order I remembered them and not in any order of importance.
- French food. It is almost always fantastic. And the cheeses….
- Wild camping on a ridge in the Jura mountains where we got the sunset on one side and the dawn and a view of Mont Blanc on the other and a sparkling starry night sky in between and overhead.
- Easter Sunday service in Worcester cathedral.
- Communal dinners in hostels in France and Spain. Unexpected food combined with unexpected companions and unexpected conversation in unexpected languages. A lovely mixture.
- Cathedrals. There were so many in three countries and all full of majesty. One memory…. I walked into Langres Cathedral and just caught the end of Widors organ toccata being played live. If you don’t know it here is a version. My friend Gerald said this is music to be played at full volume every Sunday morning.
- The Chagall windows in Rheims cathedral. It is worth travelling far to see these.
- Nuns singing Matins in Moissac. There were only two of us in the congregation. It was sublime. (Oh, and the cloisters there)
- Le Puy to Conques. An eight day section on the pilgrimage route in France. It has wonderful countryside and gorgeous villages.
- Seeing wild boars walking towards me on a forest road.
- World War Graveyards in North East France. French ones, German ones and Commonwealth ones. So many graveyards, so many headstones. So many battles from two wars.
- Camping on the site of an Iron Age fort on day 3 in Shropshire. A cold clear and calm night. My adventure had started. I was excited.
- Incessant sunny days. I wore shorts every day for weeks and weeks and weeks. I still wanted more.
- Dawns in the open countryside. The colours in the sky are really beautiful.
- The Meseta. Walking for days across the flat and dry plateau in Northern Spain. I love it.
- Prado art museum in Madrid. An absolutely stunning collection of pictures.
This is a sort of PS.
I found this clip that was posted onto YouTube only eight days after I was in that very Cathedral and listening to the same Benidictine Monk play the same music. Magic.