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The Camino in Color

When the lovely Cat of Sunshine and Siestas asked me to participate in Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Color contest, I finally had some motivation to put aside the piles of teacher and grad school work to get back to my neglected little blog. After a life-changing summer of travel, I have a book’s worth of stories to share from Spain and Southeast Asia and it’s time to get started.

Here’s a little sneak peak of my journey to Santiago de Compostela and the colors that capture the scenic splendor and sabor of a road that means the world to me.

Red ~ Rojo

I wasn't worried that there was "no room at the Inn." I had vinto tinto.

I wasn’t worried that there was “no room at the Inn.” I had vinto tinto.

Sure there were the ever present red poppies that lined the dusty pilgrimage path, but the red that was ever present in me was the vino– the Rioja, and Ribera de Duero. There was no better remedy after a long day’s walk and no better camaraderie than sharing a bottle of vino tinto with fellow pilgrims.

Green ~ Verde

Ireland or Spain?

Ireland or Spain?

Galicia, the northwestern province of Spain, reminded me so much of Ireland I had to remind myself what country I was in.  Like Ireland, the abundance of rain left the landscape lush and lathered in lime and emerald greens.

White ~ Blanco

Pilgrim staute facing towards Santiago.  Sans fog the view looks more like the "green" photo above.

Pilgrim staute facing towards Santiago. Sans fog the view looks more like the “green” photo above.

Dense fog is characteristic of Galicia and although all encompassing, I was thankful to have experienced its grandeur.   The morning of our departure from O’Cebreiro, the white mist erased all traces of color and mountain views of the peak. The chilly and damp air inspired an eeriness  that only added a sense of mystery and adventure as we traversed past the stony Celtic churches and graveyards of the surrounding hamlets.

Blue ~ Azul

One of the many blue doors along the Camino

One of the many blue doors along the Camino

I had a slight photo obsession with doors during the Camino.  And I certainly got a daily dose of  them in every quaint village we passed.  All it took for one weather-beaten door was a coat of cerulean or cobalt to soften the rough exterior.

Yellow ~ Amarillo

See this tortilla?  THIS is what it's supposed to look like.

See this tortilla? THIS is what it’s supposed to look like.

So intense was my need for tortilla, it could cure all— sore feet, heat exhaustion, even the dreaded hanger.  Yet, the perfect oozing, juicy tortilla was hard to come by.  When found, life was as it should be. When paired with a glass of wine, it was my slice of Heaven.

Stay with me.  I promise there will be more tales from my summer adventures to come.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Normita #

    You are a superstar with many talents. It is difficult to describe the beauty of your pictures and your literary tales.

    September 3, 2013
  2. Love the pictures, and now I’m intensely craving tortilla!

    September 4, 2013
  3. Lauren S. #

    I’m glad you’re back! Love the Spain/Ireland comparison and I now have a hangry hankering for a runny tortilla 🙂

    September 4, 2013
  4. lovely, I love your color and compositions to the contest, this was a fun event to enter.

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

    September 5, 2013
  5. With these intense colors–that green! that yellow!–my appetite has been whetted for more Camino pics. What a summer!

    September 6, 2013

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