Marie's book The Chocolate Pilgrim about walking the Camino de Santiago

The Chocolate Pilgrim

photos and captions of my trip walking the Camino de Santiago
page 38

The hospitalero takes our photograph beside the door of our refugio, and his parting words are, “Remember. You don’t walk the Camino, the Camino walks you.”

pg40 Day1
page 40
Day One on the Trail

The higher we climb, the more the mountain hillsides are obscured by low-lying fog, which creates a sense of mystery to our surroundings.

page 41
Day One – Route marker on the High Route

Keep walking, one foot in front of the other, slowly climbing until we arrive at a monument by the trail indicating the distance left to Santiago.

p41 Day1
page 38
Day One – dropping off the pass on the High Route

There’s a surprising amount of snow accumulation on this side of the Pyrenees, with packed boot prints guiding us along.

P41 Day1 2
p49 Day3
page 49
Day three – Zubiri to Pamplona – Basque Country (Asterix & Obelix references)

The road signs indicate distances to unpronounceable village names like Ilurdotz and Antxoritz. These names inevitably remind me of the Asterix and Obelix comics I used to read with Russell and Emma when they were younger.

page 71
Day six –  Estella to Los Arcos, Fuente del Vino

The wine is free!

P71 Day6
page 66
day five

We stop for a cold drink around 2:30 and decide to take a siesta at the bar in the village of Villatuerta. I take a photo of the Exhausted Pilgrim, Rod sleeping at the outdoor café, skin reddening from the bright sun.

p66 Day5
p74 Day7
page 74
Day Seven – Los Arcos to Logrono, “pink explosion bushes

As we get closer to Logrono, we enter a zone of pink flowers emerging in full glory from larger shrubs that line the road, their blossoms overhanging the trail so that as we walk by, our heads are graced by the touch of soft petals.

page 122
Day thirteen

As we approach villages, often located on hillsides, deep purple irises, like sentinels, announce that civilization is nearby.

p122 Day13
page 138
Day Fifteen – Ponferrada, Castillo de los Templarios

The doors are locked, no way to get in.

p138 Day15
p141 Day15
page 141
Day fifteen

Russell with orange dessert in front of him.

page 155
Day seventeen

Marie and Russell in “Camelot” – Albergue de Brasil, Vega del Valcarce.

p155 Day17
page 164
Day nineteen – Monastery at Samos

Samos Monastery built in the sixth century, continues to provide refuge for pilgrims.

p164 Day19
p207 Day26
page 207
Day twenty-six – Where do the women of Spain hang out?  Part One

A local woman comes to the park and teaches us about relaxing.

page 207
Day twenty-six – Where do the women of Spain hang out?  Part Two

Russell and Marie, applying what they’ve learned about relaxing in Galicia.

p207 Day26 2
page 221
Day twenty-nine – Arrival at Finisterre

Rod and Russell at Mile Zero, Cabo Finisterre

pg221 Day29
p221 Day29
page 221
Day twenty-nine – Final route marker, Cabo Finisterre

Lighthouse and Atlantic Ocean in the background, a beautiful sunny day for pilgrims to celebrate.

page 221
Day twenty-nine – Touching the bronze boot, Cabo Finisterre

Atlantic Ocean in the background, a fitting end to our long walk.

p221 Day29 2