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The Pilgrim and the Black Cat


Every year, thousands of pilgrims walk the Way of St James (‘El Camino de Santiago’ in Spanish) from France to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain–a journey of 780 km–just as pilgrims have been doing for more than 1000 years.  The Camino has now become popular for people of all ages and faiths (or lack of faith!) who want a quite unique experience–some who walk the whole distance, and others who just try out a few kms (like me!)  Actually I took the bus, and watched the pilgrims out the window …  Nonetheless, I have to say, watching them was quite inspirational.

Once there, seeing pilgrims arriving at the end of El Camino, in front of the magnificent cathedral, a whole mix of emotions came over them–relief, exhaustion, happiness, pride, and so on.  In fact, I think I would quite like to do it myself one day.

This photo was taken in Santiago of a pilgrim who had just completed his long journey, about to go into O Gato Negro–a tiny restaurant (only five tables!) marked by its bright green door and by the sign of the black cat.

To see what the pilgrims see inside the cathedral once they reach the end of their journey, have a peek at my earlier post on the Botafumeiro of Santiago de Compostela.

  1. March 17, 2012 at 2:03 am

    That image is absolutely amazing – I wish I could take photos that didn’t suck.

  2. knudsens
    March 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I like it.

  3. March 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    What a beautiful photograph, Alicia! The splashes of subtle color make it look–at first glance–like it’s (very cleverly) hand-tinted, and what a visage! It looks like he just stepped out of a Tolkien saga. This is surely one of your very best, in my opinion, and worthy of display in a very prominent place of distinction.

    • March 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks so much Gary!!! When I saw the gentleman standing in front of this tiny restaurant, I couldn’t believe there was no one else around in the shot, and that he had paused to see how much money he had before going in – so I just had time to capture the shot. And actually, a week ago I did decide to print it and frame it, and it is up on our lounge wall.

  4. March 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    This is really cool. Perfect timing.

  5. settleandchase
    March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Lovely shot. I heard about this trail years ago and have wanted to do it ever since. This is convincing me even more..!

  6. May 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I like the photo, and I would like to go to Santiago de Compostela sometime, maybe…

  7. May 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm


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