walking the camino: photo essay (part 1 of 3)

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Here is a selection of our photos from 12 days of walking the Camino! As we are walking for 36 days, the photos will be split into three parts.

These photos were taken from St Jean Pied de Port to Belorado – approximately 238 km into Camino Frances.

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77 thoughts on “walking the camino: photo essay (part 1 of 3)

    Yuna said:
    August 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Great great great pictures.

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    trablog said:
    November 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    These pictures are inviting me to Camino!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 16, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Ahhh – yes! We did hear along the Camino, that we don’t choose to do the Camino, it chooses us! So you never know – you may too one day might feel compelled to experience it yourself 🙂

        trablog said:
        November 16, 2014 at 1:53 am

        That’s true. I heard that too.. I am waiting for Camino to choose me!!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 16, 2014 at 1:56 am

          Trust us, it will choose you when you least expect it. Only last year, we were making a pact that we would do the Camino before we turn 40…. and next thing you know we somehow decided to so it this year. Now done and dusted, we really cannot explain what truly spurred us on – it just happened! 😉

            trablog said:
            November 16, 2014 at 2:09 am

            I wish they grand the visa for me just like that too 🙂

    prior said:
    November 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    wonderful photo essay – amazing how it says so much! the grapes – the paths – the different focus and angles – just wonderful.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Oh we are so flattered by your words 🙂 We were simply so excited to be able to share what we captured with everyone. The entire Camino was so unique and uplifting that we want to relive the feelings as much as we can 🙂

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    October 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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    Turquoise Compass said:
    October 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Amazing photos! What program do you use for watermarking your pictures?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Jess – Thank you. The scenery is spectacular and we just feel so amazed by what surrounds us. We use a plug-in called BordexFx. Hope you are well!

        Turquoise Compass said:
        October 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        Great, thanks! Things are well! Back in Canada and enjoying new life! Keep in touch~!

    Omelette - said:
    October 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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    Ayla said:
    October 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Love all of these photos guys but I have to say this first section has the most stunning scenery I think. Especially love the smiley sunflower 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 9, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Totally agree with you about the first section being prettier. We were having so much trouble pulling together the second part of the series for that reason. The second section of the walk is known as the “meseta” and pretty notorious for having nothing much except expansive plains…. so it was very hard to capture anything too spectacular.
      We like the smiley sunflower too… 🙂

    wisemonkeysabroad responded:
    October 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Reblogged this on "Sees" the Day and commented:
    And these were from the first 12 days 🙂

    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    October 3, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Breathtaking!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 4, 2014 at 1:26 am

      Thank you! Part 2 due VERY VERY soon 🙂 Stay tuned!

    restlessjo said:
    October 1, 2014 at 3:45 am

    There are some very beautiful photos showcased here. Thank you so much for following my blog 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 1, 2014 at 5:37 am

      The Camino is a beautiful experience – everywhere we look, there is something else to photograph! Surprised we are even making any distance with how often we are stopping – LOL!

        restlessjo said:
        October 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

        I’d love to walk it too 🙂

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          October 1, 2014 at 6:40 am

          Oooh – we hope you do get to experience one day 🙂 And if you decide, happy to help if you have any questions! We will try and get some tips for the Camino when we get a chance to be in that mindset.

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) said:
    September 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Such beautiful photographs – must have been a very special experience! Those sunsets are simply magical!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      So far – it has been one of our most memorable experience… we still have another month to go – so ask us again then! We still have 430 km to go 🙂
      And yes those sunrises are amazing – every day is different. We had an incredible one this morning (to be shared in the next series… once we have finish another 12 days)… 😉

    thegrownupgapyear said:
    September 24, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Wow, what beautiful pictures! Thanks for documenting your journey for us 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 24, 2014 at 4:05 am

      It is our absolute pleasure to be able to share these with everyone 🙂 The scenery is so spectacular – we are just so grateful to be able to experience what we have along with meeting an enormous amount of wonderful people!

    Natalie Tamara said:
    September 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Stunning photos, looks like an incredible journey!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Natalie 🙂 It is beyond belief for us!

    Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
    September 23, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Simply stunning!

    Curt Mekemson said:
    September 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I am jealous. –Curt

    mamta chakravorty said:
    September 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful pics, wonderful journey !!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 22, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Thank you Mamta! It really is a wonderful journey 🙂

    My Little Rio Journal said:
    September 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Wow.. those beautiful landscapes are a an amazing reward for all the difficulties you might be finding in the Camino. Amazing photos!!! Is there any post where you tell how you decided to do the Camino?? I would love to read it! ; ) Cris

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Hi Cristina 🙂 Thank you for your words! We haven’t written an in-depth post about why we did the Camino (maybe one day we will because at the moment we still don’t know if we have the answers yet) but if you look here: https://wisemonkeysabroad.com/camino/
      We have a few things that might be of interest! Hope you are well and had an amazing birthday.

    kayrpea61 said:
    September 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great stuff guys. Especially love the sunsets and the sunflower. Cheers

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Ken! Everywhere we look, we see beauty at the moment!

    Sha said:
    September 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Really love the photos here and especially all the colors…really beautiful! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Sha! So glad to hear that you like what you see 🙂

    Connie said:
    September 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful photos Le and David! xx

    Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:53:55 +0000 To: connievan3116@hotmail.com

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Connie 🙂 We are having such a blast!

    worldjourneysdiscover said:
    September 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    gorgeous photos!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you – everything around us is so beautiful 🙂

    ytaba36 said:
    September 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

    When you get back home and put your feet up, your photos will certainly remind you of the out-of-the-ordinary thing you accomplished!

    In the photo of the cut-out figures, are those notes people have left on the horizontals, or just part of the sculptures?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Even looking back at them now as we selected these – the earlier photos seem like a lifetime ago! It seems like so much has happened since we started! But what a rewarding experience every day when we tally up the distance we have walked and our experiences 🙂
      Those little white things are part of the sculptures!
      There are places along the way, where people do leave notes etc….

    Marie said:
    September 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Wonderful pictures. They feel very quiet.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Oh Marie, you simply cannot imagine how utterly peaceful it is. We are now in Burgos where it is a city-city and the hustle and bustle is making us feel very out of place! Even the trucks and cars on the highways seem so much louder 🙂

    followingthearrows said:
    September 21, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Stunning pictures, they brought back some great memories!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      It is just magnificent scenery and every photo has a little memory we have attached to it! So glad it is taking you down memory lane!

    Rosemarie said:
    September 21, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I should have read the first sentence. 36 days…WOW!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Rosemarie for your comment 🙂 It is 36 and we are taking one step at a time! It’s all up approximately 770km or so (give or take a bit) but we certainly walk a great deal more when we adjust the climbs we have etc…

    Rosemarie said:
    September 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

    How many days in total is your walk? It looks to be a fabulous experience and I love all your photos. Rosemarie

    colibrist said:
    September 21, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Wonderful photos!! Looking forward to the next ones! Enjoy the trip 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you very much! We have another 10 or so walking days to go before the next set can be revealed 🙂

    Know-All said:
    September 21, 2014 at 3:41 am

    You have got some real mindblowing shots there!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks so much! The scenery is just too good to not share and we don’t have to do much except point and shoot and this is what you get! 🙂

    milfordstreet said:
    September 21, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Wow…It is a great collection of photos. It looks like a wonderful trip.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Thank you so much for saying so 🙂 It has been an incredible experience albeit exhausting! There is just so many beautiful things to capture 🙂

    nnhtcao said:
    September 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    What amazing photos…..

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Thanks 🙂 We had to really cut back on what we shared! Although we have added some more 🙂

    Indah Susanti said:
    September 21, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Amazing photos! That’s a great walk trip! Looking forward to the next photos 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:14 am

      We just need to walk another 12 days and you will get the next lot 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    September 21, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Our niece is over from Ireland at the moment walking the route. Certainly beautiful – I hope no foot problems.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Knock on wood but so far, so good 🙂 One pinky toe blister for David last week but otherwise, we are going great guns 🙂

    Victor Rakmil said:
    September 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Lovely series!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

      Thank you 🙂 Stay tuned for the next part when we complete another 12 days!

    jacksonjc9 said:
    September 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Beautiful captures! fun to see it through your eyes.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 21, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Thank you 🙂 It was very hard to narrow down the amount of pictures to share but we chose a variety!

        White Postcards said:
        September 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        Wow — You’ve narrowed it down to stunning photos!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          September 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

          Thank you so much 🙂 There were so many elements of what we see, that we just had to share 🙂

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