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

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So it is all over! Now that we have completed the Camino, we can share the final instalment to our photo essays. If you have not seen the other 2 parts, part 1 covers St Jean Pied de Port to Belorado and part 2 covers Belorado to Astorga.

This final series is from Astorga to Santiago de Compostela.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

And as we are now not focusing on walking the Camino, we are back in full swing in the blogosphere once more πŸ™‚

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Enjoy your week ahead!

As always, we welcome your comments.

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

    My writing process said:
    September 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

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    Shelly @ The Goal List said:
    November 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Lovely pictures, all of them, but I’m really surprised to see that no one commented on that mushroom that looks like it came directly from Mario Bros! Did you see a lot of them?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

      LOL – Shelly, we think SO alike! We thought of Mario Bros too when we saw these mushrooms. We thought they were only in fairy tales πŸ™‚

      We didn’t see many, this one was the most whole and large one we saw!

      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

    trablog said:
    November 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    amazing series of Photo essays. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 16, 2014 at 1:48 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our photo essays. We really appreciate your lovely words πŸ™‚

        trablog said:
        November 16, 2014 at 1:50 am

        It was a real pleasure going through your post πŸ™‚

    Mrs Hicks said:
    November 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’m sure it’s been hard going at times, but what amazing things you have seen!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      It was wonderful!! Definitely tough at times but still such a rewarding and uplifting experience πŸ™‚

    Wandering Iris said:
    October 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    everytime I see a photo that I think I need to make a comment on because it is so stunning, I scroll down and see a more amazing photo!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 31, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Thanking you for your kind words πŸ™‚ We were surrounded with such beauty for so long that we just had to share what we were seeing!

    […] and Le from Wise Monkeys AbroadΒ  – An Australian couple, their beautiful photos and excellent posts will make you want to follow them along their adventures. Virtually, not in a […]

    paper boat sailor said:
    October 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I have quite a thing for photo essays, and yours is a delectable treat! Look forward to reading about your upcoming travels.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the photo essay! πŸ™‚

      Hope to see you here often!

    prior said:
    October 28, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I am speechless (hardly ever happens) ha! – but I love your photo essay – the little umbrella selfie was perfectly placed – but I have so many feelings after soaking this essay up – will be back later to comment – for now, just want to enjoy the viewing and let it resonate – cheers.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 28, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Thank you for your comment, we found your words so touching! The walk it self stirred up a lot of emotions (all positive) and even now looking back at the moments and experiences, it is sentimental for us πŸ™‚

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) said:
    October 28, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Well done guys, what an adventure!! Love the sunsets and I really like that photo with all the pumpkins πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Everything around us was just perfect and we just wanted to capture it!

    thebritishberliner said:
    October 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Wonderful photos there and congratulations on completing the walk. It must have been an amazing feeling. I don’t think I would want to do all of it, but certainly a part of it. What an adventure. Well done guys. πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 28, 2014 at 5:41 am

      It was an unbelievable feeling the entire way! We don’t think our lives can be the same again πŸ™‚ The people we met, the lessons we learnt! The 800km was worth every step!

    Marina said:
    October 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    It should have been a great experience. I hope to have the chance to do it soon!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 28, 2014 at 5:39 am

      It was certainly an incredible experience and we hope that you do have a chance to do it one day πŸ™‚

    Renate @ Renate's Travels said:
    October 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Wow, great job! I love your photos. Walking the camino is one of my biggest dreams. I really hope 2015 is the year! How many days did you use?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Renate, Firstly, we would like to say that it is amazing your name Is Renate because on our third last day of our walk, we met a lovely German lady by the exact same name and we were asking her how to spell it because we had never heard it before πŸ™‚ And secondly, thank you for you compliments!
      We hope you do get to experience the Camino one day. We met a young woman on the walk who said to us, “We don’t choose to do the Camino, it chooses us.” So whenever it is meant to be, you will know, and so 2015 may be your year where everything falls into place for you to go!
      We took 43 days but that included 6 or so rest days. Our advice for you: it is your Camino and you do it however you want. So take as slow or as fast as your body and mind allows (but obviously if your have a time limit then that too will a determining factor). Happy for you to contact us if you have any questions!

    somewonderland said:
    October 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Great job guys! Beautiful sights and those smiles on your faces tell all – it was well worth the walk πŸ˜€

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 24, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Those smiles appeared after our tears of joy seconds beforehand!!

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    October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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    Diana said:
    October 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    All your photos are beautiful….but for sure the last one says it all!!! Great job!!!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Diana – we don’t often share photos of ourselves on the blog but we had to in this instance. The moment was too unforgettable to not share πŸ™‚

    手腕 ケニを (@savvykenya) said:
    October 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, amazing! Did the weather cooperate throughout?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      It pretty much did the entire way. Out of the 45 or so days of the Camino, we had 2-3 “drizzly” half days which we can’t even call rain, we had 1 full day of drizzle and then 1 day of constant heavy rain – that was the FUN day (no joke!). We were splashing and sloshing through puddles and mud πŸ™‚ It was actually our second last day, so we didn’t really mind. Any other time, and it could’ve been a pain because the boots never dried out!
      Hope you have been well!

    kayrpea61 said:
    October 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Fantastic photos, as usual, and what a great achievement. Well done. Pretty as they may be, I hope you left the caterpillars behind πŸ˜‰

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Ken,
      We certainly left them behind, along with the snake, slugs and other bugs! We think Australian customs would have something to say if we had stowaways on us πŸ˜‰
      Hope you have been well! Now we are back, we will have to duck on over to your blog and do some catching up ourselves!

    Curt Mekemson said:
    October 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Triple WOW! Great photos. Thanks for taking me along on the journey. Looking forward to your next adventures. –Curt

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Curt πŸ™‚ We are in Paris now to wind down (if we can call it that here) πŸ˜‰
      But then it is homeward bound to plan the next trip but we still have SO much more to share about this trip…That will keep us busy!
      Hope you had a great weekend!

        Curt Mekemson said:
        October 23, 2014 at 2:54 am

        Get the having more to share. πŸ™‚ I always have a hard time ending up on a series to move on to the next. What to leave out is always the question. –Curt

    Mia Maze said:
    October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations on completing your Camino! Your photos tell a great story. I would love to share some of these with our other clients? Photos speak a thousand words and the best way to share a journey.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Mia, The Camino for us was such a meaningful experience. Visual representations can really help describe the experience, right? We will send you an email to discuss sharing our photos. Cheers.

    the eternal traveller said:
    October 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

    What a beautiful collection of photos and memories you have, with all the tiniest details included. Well done on achieving your goal and thank you for sharing it with us. I’ve enjoyed travelling along with you on this amazing journey.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you SO much for joining us on this journey! We are so glad to be able to share a small aspect of what we experienced and saw. We cannot believe it is all over, it seems like a lifetime ago already. But now we are back – we will have to duck on over to your blog and do some catching up πŸ™‚

        the eternal traveller said:
        October 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        I hope you enjoy catching up. I’m still writing about WA but soon I will start a new series on Tokyo, where I spent 8 amazing days earlier this month. Happy reading.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          October 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

          Wow – you lucky thing! Constantly travelling πŸ™‚ Look forward to your Tokyo posts !

            the eternal traveller said:
            October 23, 2014 at 7:02 am

            Ha! It might seem that way, but I do go to work in term time. I look forward to retirement with great relish, because then the travelling will really start!

            I went to Tokyo with my sister in the school holidays, and it was a spur of the moment trip because Jetstar had a weekend special, with two for one flight deals from the Gold Coast to Tokyo…how lucky! We had a fantastic time and I would love to go again and take my husband.

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            October 23, 2014 at 7:54 am

            Wow – you got such a good deal during school holidays?!! Man, that is lucky! We totally need to keep our eyes MORE peeled for these type of deals!

            the eternal traveller said:
            October 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            I know! I didn’t expect the special price to be available in the holidays but it was so we took advantage of it.We also stayed at a lovely airbnb apartment which was tiny but beautifully set up and a great price. We had a wonderful week…stories to follow soon.

    Jaspa said:
    October 22, 2014 at 6:38 am

    What an adventure! Congratulations on your remarkable achievement, Monkeys!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Jaspa πŸ™‚ It was certainly a memorable and enlightening walk we had!

    neihtn2012 said:
    October 22, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Wow! So many beautiful and interesting photos. Very impressive accomplishment!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely words πŸ™‚ We feel so humbled to have been able to complete the Camino especially when we think about how many millions of other pilgrims over the centuries have done the same!

    Dana @ Wanted Adventure said:
    October 22, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Wow!! Sounds (and looks!) like it was really quite a journey! I’ve got some friends who have done it, but for now I’m happy to live vicariously through your and your photos. Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Hi Dana. Thanks for your comment. It was an incredible journey that we were so pleased to have gone on. We gained so much from doing it – definitely life-altering πŸ™‚
      Hopefully one day, you may feel compelled to do it too as we did!

    Nadine said:
    October 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Congrats on finishing and thank you for sharing these photos! They are gorgeous. I especially love the one of the bridge into Molinaseca; it was one of my favorite towns and I never took a photo, so to see it here brings back some great memories. πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Thanks Nadine! That was one of our favourite bridges and towns too πŸ™‚ We were so glad we stayed there overnight…. so picturesque!
      We just cannot believe it is all over!

    When in New Places said:
    October 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Those are some amazing shots you two! Wow, what a beautiful adventure!! πŸ˜€
    ~ Andrea ❀

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Thanks Andrea πŸ™‚ It was certainly an incredible adventure!

    worldjourneysdiscover said:
    October 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    great effort I feel like you walked a thousand kilometres. Actually, I feel like I did. Gosh I’m tired!

    loved the pics!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Well, we were only 200-odd km short of 1000 km and not to mention all the walking we did on rest days as well as within each of the towns and cities! If we were to tally it all up, we are sure we would be close πŸ˜‰

      Glad to read that you enjoyed the pics! Hope you have been well.

    White Postcards said:
    October 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Your smiles says it all – congratulations on reaching your goal!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you kindly! There were tears just before those smiles! Tears of joy and utter disbelief that we actually managed to complete that distance in walking πŸ™‚

    de Wets Wild said:
    October 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Magnificent scenery, and your photos showcases it beautifully!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you! There were so many more photos that we would’ve loved to share. It was just perfect … even those rainy days πŸ™‚

    Shelley @Travel-Stained said:
    October 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! What stunning photos. I can feel the peace and serenity all the way over here in grey, rainy Seoul. πŸ˜‰ Congrats guys! What an accomplishment! πŸ˜€

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Shelley! So glad that the atmosphere has been conveyed. The entire experience was like that and now we are in Paris… well, you can imagine the difference πŸ˜‰

    katpegimana said:
    October 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Your pictures are amazing, beautiful! I love that little mushroom, thought that kind of mushroom only exists in fairytale stories but it’s real haha πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      LOL Us too!! We were so excited to see one! They are so magical and fairytale like, right? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your lovely comment!

    Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
    October 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Thank you for sharing your AMAZING journey!!! Love that you allowed all of us to experience so many levels of your observations… from the smallest of creatures to the infinity of the spectacular skies… From the cobblestones to the castles… flower tops to the trees… countryside to city…
    Awesomely magnificent ❀
    -Jane

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Wow! Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment πŸ™‚ We are so glad we were able to share aspects of it with you. It was, as you say, an amazing journey for us on so many levels – physically, emotionally and mentally! There is so much more we hope we can still share, possibly for the weekly photo challenges, if the theme suits!

    Yvonne said:
    October 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Well done! You have such a wide range of photos to keep your memories alive.

    I’ve sent the link of your post to the fellow in England who did this (Bert by name). I think he’ll really enjoy walking along with you!

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

      We hope it sends Bert down memory lane as it did for us as we chose the photos. Even when we look at our other Camino friends’ photos, it definitely takes us back πŸ™‚
      Thanks Yvonne for your sweet comment!

    Rosemarie said:
    October 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Amazing photos. Experience of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing and congratulations! Rosemarie

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

      Thank you so much Rosemarie! It was an experience we will never forget and definitely cherish for alway. Glad you enjoyed to the photos πŸ™‚

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    October 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Wonderful pictures once again, really envy you for this experience!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you!! We cannot believe it is over – seems so surreal! At the start, we had so far to go and before we knew it, we were done. But we have had so many memories and stories to tell, we just don’t even know where to start πŸ™‚

    Vlad said:
    October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Gorgeous pictures! Congratulations on completing the Camino πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Thanks Vlad πŸ™‚ It was such an incredible experience!

    mytravelmonkey said:
    October 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Wonderful shots. I feel as I was there with you! πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 21, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Awww… thank you so much for saying that πŸ™‚ We are so pleased to be able to share some of what we saw!

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