76 days …..

It is precisely 76 days until I travel to Madrid then on to Sarria to walk the Camino de Santiago.

My new backpack …

My planned route, Sarria to Santiago. Santiago to Muxia. Muxia to Finisterre -“the end of the world”.

I have been planning (dreaming) for years, training for many, many months. It has been tough and a quite the education of the inter workings of my body. I am not an athlete, and quite frankly, not much of an exerciser. But I have to say .. there is something so calming and tranquil about wandering through the nature trails by my home.

 

 

 

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my training trails ..

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My training trails

I plan to keep a journal and a photo journal of the things that I have learned, the wisdom I will surely learn and of the many people I hope to meet along the way.

After my solo journey, I will take a breather to process what I have come to learn in Paris, London and Toulouse. Probably not the best places for down time – but what can I say, I left my heart in Paris 2 years ago and I am too close NOT to go back.

So, if you have never been on this magnificent journey of pain and self discovery, you can follow along with me ..without the pain.

I would be interested in hearing from those that have made this journey, their place of origin and if their life changed upon their re-entry back in to their daily life.

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Buen Camino

Done for another day !

Done for another day !

 

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… i left work early and ended up in a cemetery …

St Mary’s Cemetery Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Mary’s Cemetery began in 1873. It is a historic cemetery with meandering hills, towering trees, majestic monuments and family mausoleums.

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                      St Mary’s of South Minneapolis is a 65-acre property originally began as a parish cemetery by the Church that is now what is known as the Basilica of St. Mary. In the late 1880’s, it became an Archdiocesan-wide cemetery.   As history states, St. Mary’s has had more than 64,000 interments and there are about 175 burials that happen each year. Included are traditional burial plots and a Garden Mausoleum.

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A Big thank You ;D

MANY MANY THANKS

MANY MANY THANKS

Thank you for your “likes”, “follows” and “sharing”.

I truly appreciate it.   So please continue to like & share.

I am having so much fun from taking the photos, to doing some research and, then posting them.  Currently, I have well over a thousand that I am trying to work on.  Yikes, a little over zealous, I think.  I  am very happy to share this passion with those of similar interests.

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Just little ole me.
To all the professional photographers…you have to start somewhere, right?

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Cemetery  in Excelsior, Minnesota
Cemetery
in Excelsior, Minnesota

Grand Canyon Cemetery

Grand Canyon
Cemetery

Notre Dame de Paris taken from the Seine

Notre Dame de Paris
taken from the Seine

Road Trip Stop Cody, Kansas

Road Trip Stop
Cody, Kansas

Just another quick stop on the I - 70 in Missouri

Just another quick stop on the I – 70 in Missouri

Leaving Sedona Arizona.            BEAUTIFUL

Leaving Sedona Arizona.
BEAUTIFUL

Again……thank you

An Afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Excelsior

OAK HILL CEMETERY   EXCELSIOR, MINNESOTA   9/3/2013

The Oak Hill Cemetery was organized as a public cemetery during the 1850’s.  It sits on top of a hill facing the south side of Lake Minnetonka    Lake Minnetonka was a bustling vacation area in the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s.

The first burial was in 1855, while the last was in the late 1960’s.There are three sections of the Oak Hill Cemetery.  The oldest part of the cemetery is section one; this is on the hill area.  This is somewhat a steep and quite dangerous hill in places.  The second section is to the east of section one.  The third section is to the west of sections one and two, on the flat section.   I have spent my time in only in the oldest section, on top of the hill.

Legend has it that some paranormal activity has gone on in this cemetery at night.  The Paranormal Research Society has done some studies in this very cemetery.  You may visit their website to view what that have found in this cemetery.    http://www.mprsminnesota.com/

This is just a sampling of the photos I took this day.  Enjoy

The Notre Dame de Paris

Wander along with me ...

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The Notre Dame Cathedral was the largest religious building in the West until the Amiens Cathedral was built in the 13th century The Amiens Cathedral is the tallest in the Picardy region of France.   It is located about 75 miles north of Paris, France.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see this particular Cathedral.

The Notre Dame cathedral was started in about 1163 and completed in about 1345.  During the French Revolution, in the 1790’s, it suffered great destruction.  Over time, many different architects worked on this famous Cathedral, if you were to study this from all angles, you may be able to see the slight variations in the style.

The stained glass, sculptures and gargoyles are quite impressive.  There are over…

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The Notre Dame de Paris

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The Cross in Notre Dame

The Cross in Notre Dame

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Therese of Lisieux

Therese of Lisieux

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Rose Windows

Rose Windows

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The Notre Dame Cathedral was the largest religious building in the West until the Amiens Cathedral was built in the 13th century The Amiens Cathedral is the tallest in the Picardy region of France.   It is located about 75 miles north of Paris, France.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see this particular Cathedral.

The Notre Dame cathedral was started in about 1163 and completed in about 1345.  During the French Revolution, in the 1790’s, it suffered great destruction.  Over time, many different architects worked on this famous Cathedral, if you were to study this from all angles, you may be able to see the slight variations in the style.

The stained glass, sculptures and gargoyles are quite impressive.  There are over 30 sculptures in all.  There is also the famous Rose Window.  Much of the stained glass dates back to the midlevel times.  When inside, you can view the Great Organ, the Emmanual Bell, this dates back to the 1600’s and then you also see the crown of light that is above the main alter.  All spectacular!  It is a must to spend, at the very least, an afternoon sitting and listening to the organ.  I even purchased a ‘Notre Dame’ coin that I carry with me at all time.  One of my small tokens of Paris.

The Cathedral also holds the ‘Crown of Thorns, it was originally held at the Sainte Chappelle chapel until the French Revolution.  It also holds a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.
                                                                     

                                                                                                                            Cathy

…Research done though visiting this beautiful Cathedral, reading information in different books and on the internet.