For those of you unfamiliar with this thousand-year-old pilgrimage, it is an 750 – 850 km long trail, starting either in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees, in France, or anywhere else along the way to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. In order to get your Compostela – the official certificate – you only need to walk the last 100 km or ride (on bike or horse) the last 200 km. I hope to do the full 800 km on foot.
As for getting to the Cathedral, in Santiago – the end point – I understand they’ve opened the Holy Door of the cathedral for pilgrims – until November 20th – as 2016 has been specially declared a Holy Year of Mercy by Pope Francis. Holy years occur every 25 years unless declared otherwise by the pope. I am grateful to be able to go on such a special year.
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