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.





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 !


Please give me a little latitude, I have not forgotten.

Hang in there…

I do promise that I am working hard to edit thousands of photos and researching them. Unfortunately for me, I cannot just post one photo. I need to know the whole story or put a sequence of photos together.


As it gets closer to being buried in the snow, I will be taking less photos and posting more.

I was amazed to find out just how many cemeteries are within a 20 mile radius.


Also I have been spending much of my extra time planning my trip to France and dreaming of all I photograph 💭



^^^ and these are just a few
of my books 📚


until we meet again ❤️


A Big thank You ;D



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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
in Excelsior, Minnesota

Grand Canyon Cemetery

Grand Canyon

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.

Again……thank you

A Magnificent Collection

My ADD has struck again-

While poking around the internet researching some of the classic authors and for something I haven’t read (which is a lot), one thing led to another, and well, 3 maybe 4 hours later…I found this first photo. It caught my eye as I LOVED 3 of the 4 books in the stack.


So, I have journal…. that is always with me.

* Read (and have seen the movie) the first book on the bottom – which I think is ‘Les Misérables’, as it looks just like my 100 year old copy. “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.Image

*Read (and have seen the movie) ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”


— D. H. Lawrence.

* Read (and have seen the movie) Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”, “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
just a side note if anyone is interested in purchasing this work of art, after all, it is only $6000. Personally, I would love it, but I’m not sure my pocket book would.
Book Description: New York The Limited Editions Club, 1993. One of 300 Copies, Signed by the Artist BRONTË, Emily. BALTHUS, [artist]. Wuthering Heights. Fifteen Lithographs and an Afterword by Balthus. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1993. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus, this being number 249. With fifteen lithographs by Balthus. Folio (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches; 410 x 313 mm). Printed on Arches paper. Publisher’s full tan leather, lettered in brown on front board. Spine very lightly toned. Housed in full cloth felt-lined clamshell, with leather spine label. About fine. Publisher’s newsletter laid in. “But when he made the early drawings for Wuthering Heights back in 1933, he stopped at a point about halfway through the book. As Jean Leymarie has noted, ‘Only the artist’s interest continued so long as the world of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is that if childhood and adolescence. In these drawings Balthus clearly identifies himself with Heathcliff, the willful outsider unamenable to morality and society, in his vengeful satanism and headlong transgressions-an exemplary creation and an undying presence on the absolute level of art and human destiny.’ .Unable to forget his early fascination with Wuthering Heights, Balthus agreed to have the entire suite of fifteen drawings presented here for the first time in their destined context, if in a strictly limited edition. He was 25 when he began these remarkable illustrations; today he is 85, happy to behold their fruition, and to write a personal Afterword for the book.” (from the LEC newsletter). LEC Bibliography. HBS 66039. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66039

And the last book on the top of the stack…I’m stumped. So if anyone happens to have knowledge of what the name of this novel is, then please, do share.Image

As I was perusing “The 100 greatest novels of all time”
what I have discovered, is that I have read a little less than half of the listed titles. I have also realized that I possess at least a dozen of these novels, unread.

I have chosen to read (along with a few others), As I Lay Dying — by William Faulkner.

It is said that Faulkner wrote this novel in 6 weeks and is listed as one of the ♦1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Ackroyd (Foreword), Peter Boxall (Editor) Universe Publishers, 2006. And it just so happens, I already own it on my kindle. The whole point of my pursuit was to purchase yet another book for my trip to Chicago this weekend.

And now I must go pack.

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.
 J’adore tout français.Image

Me and my new little friend the “Javalina”