Guess what I got from the Post Office today?!? A beautiful postcard direct from Santiago de Compostela
! This is a souvenir from one of my dear blogger-friends, Sheila over at A Postcard A Day
, who was on holiday there with her husband a couple of months ago. Muchas gracias mi querida amiga.
This surely cheered me up as I am experiencing a postcard drought of sorts these days.
|The magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Many thanks, Sheila!
Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage Site and a world-renowned pilgrimage town in the northern part of Spain where, legend has it, the remains of the apostle James is buried. Sitting at the heart of this city is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. As you can see in the postcard above, it is a very impressive structure bearing the Romanesque-Baroque style of architecture.
The 1,000 year old pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is known as the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James. Every year, hundreds and thousands of visitors from all over Europe and around the world arrive in the city through the different pilgrimage points in Europe. Sheila described atmosphere there vividly as wonderful with an amazing spread of diverse people – school groups, visitors, cyclists, and the pilgrims.
In 2004, my then-single husband embarked on cycling tour that included the camino pilgrimage. The camino part of his tour he said was the best cycling trip he has ever done. He camped along the route or stayed at refugios or hostels if there are available. He also said that it’s a trip that is truly life-changing.