I have looked, several times over this last year, at possibly walking some of the Camino de Santiago. It seems such a lovely thing to do. Enpowering. An adventure. Cultural. A physical challenge. A mental challenge. Spiritual. But as yet, I have not done any more about making that possibility a reality. Ok maybe the reports of bedbugs in the hostels are a wee bit off putting!
But last week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the week with my friend at her home in the south of France and travelled back to the UK by car with her. A girls and (now famous) citydog road trip.
The journey from near to Perpignan to Calais is long, so we wanted to plan an overnight stop off and my friend suggested a place near to Dijon that she had recently found which she said we would love.
And so, last Friday I found myself in the absolutely gorgeous little medieval hill top town of Vezelay.
Sadly due to the heavy traffic in the south, we arrived late and had to leave early but we made time to stroll through the town both late in the evening and early the next morning.
The partially cobbled narrow streets and the stone buildings with their ornate wooden doors and heavy shutters together create the most charming little town and sitting at the highest point on the hill is the impressive Basilica of Sainte-Maire-Madeleine with views stretching far over the surrounding area.
So beautiful and so peaceful in the late evening and early morning.
But it was not until I arrived home that I had opportunity to read up a bit more about the place that we had just visited and hey presto who would have known it? Well I certainly didn’t know this at the time.
Vezelay is actually one of the starting points for the Way of St James, one of the French pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago!
So, could it be that my journey to Santiago de Compostela has already begun?
Time will tell!