Tagged: Extraordinary Adventures

Gothic Cathedrals and Moorish Mosques

We spent most of the day in the gigantic Cathedral. It is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and its designers recognized the fact that future generations would possibly think them mad. It is, counting Christian Cathedrals of all periods, the third largest in the world surpassed only by St. Peter´s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. It is a collection of magnificent rib vaults, stained glass, inlaid marble floors and priceless paintings and sculpture. There is enough gold and silver in there to sink several ships, and the wood carvings on the choir and pipe organs defies belief in its beauty. It was intended to be gilded, but is so much more beautiful and understated in its natural finish. It is here that Christopher Columbus…

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We have arrived safely in Seville after a long trip. The first thing I did was to throw my ticket in the trash at the Seattle Airport 10 minutes before departure. Oops! It was in a slot my hand would not fit through, but lucky for me the garbage can was not locked. I am an experienced traveler! Our first Camino miracle occurred when we actually made our flight from Madrid to Seville even thought we arrived over 2 hours late. Then our walking sticks, which we had checked through, made it too.

We walked around the bustle of old town Seville in 80* sunshine, the palm trees swaying in the breeze. The sweet, strong scent of orange blossoms is everywhere and the bitter oranges brightly decorate every plaza. Tonight we walked through the tiny streets of the Santa Cruz district with hundreds of people out for a warm evening stroll. We had an excellent glass of Rioja wine, Croquettas and a beautiful salat crusted in sea salt with avocados. Open air dining in March!

Abrazos y Besos

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Meet Karen and Hear Her Intentions

I would like to introduce you to my good friend of 15 years, Karen, who will be walking the Via de la Plata with me. When asked her reasons for making this journey, she states, “Like a compass with it 4 main directions, I too have four main intentions for walking the Camino. First, I want to challenge myself on many levels. Second, I wish to slow down, simplify and see the day without the modern contraptions of my life. Next, I am ready to Walk the Talk of the million words that I have read, for over 45 years, about spirituality. Lastly, it is my intent to do something really different, and be open to it all! Surrounding these main points is experiencing the priceless friendship of one dear friend and opening the door to new ones. I know as we walk, and I write and draw, there will be surprises for me. Like an unopened package, I do not know how to name them right now.”

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