Be back soon!

I’m currently back in the states and sorting through my photos and notes ….

Soon  

2016 .. 

the Camino de Santiago – Paris – London – Toulouse 

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 !

 

Today is a Great day to Learn Something New ;*)

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I will post Cemeteries, Castles, Churches, Old & Abandoned – anything, Photography, Art & History.
I will also do some blogging on historical sites and travels.
And as a side note, I may post anything that catches my fancy on Paris.
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Me and my new little friend the “Javalina”

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Road Trip out West…continues.

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise          SEDONA, ARIZONA   JULY 2013

So close, you can almost touch heaven!

A truly magical feeling of soaring gently with the wind experiencing  “AHA moments”

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Sedona’s natural wonders and many wildlife sightings completely delighted us.   For the first time, I experienced the splendor of gliding over Mother Nature’s own beautiful and breathtaking panoramic Red Rock country.

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is part of a class of aircraft known as ‘balloon aircraft’. The first untethered manned flight was on November 21, 1783, in Annonay, France.   Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind.

The balloon is a big parachute and is attached to a wicker basket.  There is an opening at the bottom.  Into that opening the burner shoots very hot air, as the hot air rises the balloon fills and lifts off the ground. However, the burner has to keep heating the air in the balloon or it will cool and fall (slowly) to ground.

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To carry paying passengers  a pilot must have his or her commercial pilot certificate. (This gave me a bit more comfort.)

Overall, a spectacular experience.  I highly recommend everyone to put this on there bucket list.  If the opportunity arises of course.

SUCCESSfUL FLIGHT

A very successful trip

George

This is George. He was our roommate at a quirky little B & B in Taos, NM. He sleeps in the house at night. He wanders about the yard much like a dog. And he yelps at the door when he want to go into the house! He has lived with the owners for 14 years, and was abandoned by a previous owner and wandered to his new home. He will live to about 40 or 50 years old.

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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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