Eve of departure

Gil de Siloe (Burgos, 1489-93)

Gil de Siloe (Burgos, 1489-93)

Tomorrow morning I set out for Paris, en route to St. Jean Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees mountains, where I will begin a 565 mile pilgrimage walk: to Santiago de Compostela, and beyond that, the “end of the world” on the shores of the Atlantic. This beautiful alabaster image of Saint James dressed as a pilgrim was carved by Gil de Siloe, one of the great Baroque Spanish artists, whose work I hope to see when I arrive in Burgos on Holy Saturday. I had planned to leave a year ago, but broke my leg a month before departure. So 2014 became the year of pilgrimage, and God willing I will persevere for nearly 40 days and 40 nights. While part of the walk’s intention is to slip out of the modern and be immersed in the journey, I will attempt dispatches and photos when I can. I hope you will join me, dear reader, along the Way.

4 thoughts on “Eve of departure

  1. What is the size of the beautiful Gil de Siloe?

    Sorry I can’t see you at the airport. I once was laid over in London for 8 hours. It went much faster than I’d imagined. Again, buen camino! xxom

  2. So proud of you, Jim! And so grateful that you’ll share some of your journey. All my best wishes,
    Matt(hew) Raymond

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