maandag 16 oktober 2017

St Olavsleden

A 2016 traveller walked the Way of St Olav starting in Sweden.

Follow Smecker on his way.


zondag 24 september 2017

Rituals along ...

The way on music...
Want to to go (again)?

Feet Waterbottles Gates Steps Animals Arrows Structures Kilometers City signs Statues Orange jus Coffee Food Flowers Beds Stamps Beer Wine Steps People



zaterdag 23 september 2017

Going fast on del Norte

Going fast with Dominik Zapletal on his voyage along the Camino del Norte and Primitivo.


vrijdag 8 september 2017

Watercolor camino

This Pilgrim's Gaze item presents some nontypical representations of the Camino pilgrimage.

Walkthrough a book on a watercolor journey along the camino.

Let Teoh walk you through Jennifer Lawson's 

Walking in Watercolor: An Artist's Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago


And a second one
This one is by 

Alvin Mark Tan

and the title is

The Camino, Thirty Days on the Camino

Jean Pothier

See also:

The third one is a collection of several artists.
I made it for a presentation for the Dutch pilgrim society.

Paul Kouwenberg

vrijdag 18 augustus 2017

The French Way Timelapsed

Some of the beautiful landscapes of the Camino Frances, done in timelapse, done on a smartphone.
Mountains, plains, clouds, churches...

El Camino Frances

Camino del Norte

Hear the sea, see the sea, smell the sea.
The coast, villages, churches, 
A video impression of the Camino del Norte.


vrijdag 11 augustus 2017

A reflective moment

A pilgrimage reflection from an artist who walked several camino's.
Enjoy the pa
intings, music and stories.

Gina Morewood 

zaterdag 5 augustus 2017

The unlikely pilgrims

'Nothings heals like a little distance' says the website of this Australian/Spanish documentary.
Directed by John Cherry and Kirsten Mallyon.
Playing time 1:30.

Four juniors, Dave, Amy and Chris had their problems in live. Together with counseller Ronan they walk the Camino de Santiago.

Limelight: The Unlikely Pilgrims is a triumphant tale about what can be accomplished if one has the courage to confront one’s own physical, spiritual and emotional limits.

"The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old 800-kilometre pilgrim trail through northern Spain, attracting thousands of tourists annually. The pilgrims in this revelatory documentary – nine years in the making - are not, however, your usual hikers. Amy, Chris and Dave are recovering addicts. Ronan O’Connor, a drug and alcohol counsellor at an Australian rehabilitation centre, has agreed to be their guide, but not their therapist. He’s well aware that the trek will be a challenge for the trio, but is convinced that in order to move on, they need to take charge in the long haul through life and down the track."


Documentary can be viewed online, downloaded or purchased as dvd.

vrijdag 4 augustus 2017

The Pilgrimage BBC series

When it's on TV, they don't know yet, somewhere by the end of 2017..
No trailer yet either ;-)

But, the BBC is working on the show where they follow 'some celebreties' on their 15 day pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. 

"A new three-part BBC television series exploring pilgrimage will follow seven famous people as they embark on a 15-day pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain."
"The series will combine "religious and spiritual debate" with "personal stories of self-discovery," the BBC said, with the physical challenge proving too much for some"

More on the site of AnglikanNews,

The series is part of a new religion and ethics programming for 2017 across BBC One and Two.

dinsdag 18 juli 2017

The Camino Ingles in 6 stages...

Series of 6 stages walking the Camino Ingles.






And finally entering Santiago

And in summary..

vrijdag 14 juli 2017

San Salvador, fantastic in between

The Camino de San Salvador
About 125 km between Leon and Oviedo.
(Also two of the finest cities along the camino's ;-)

De Rutas y Sendas

woensdag 12 juli 2017

Camino sketch

Have a look at this beautiful Camino sketchbook.
Must have been really aware of all things around.

The Everyday Residency

donderdag 22 juni 2017

Pilgrimage (trailer)

The movie Pilgrimage by Brendan Muldowney was expected for some time now.

"Starring Tom Holland, Richard Armitage and Jon Bernthal. 
Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past. As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejewelled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the east coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger. The monks belatedly realise that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction."

Here's the trailer...

vrijdag 9 juni 2017

Shikoku oncemore

Okay, this time four video's from Japan. From the Shikoku Kodo, the 88 temples pilgrimage route.

First Sharla in Japan (2016) introduces the Iwayaji Temple #45

Then Following the arrows (2014) invites us to have a photographic tour of the route. Enjoy!

Going on to Oku Japan's two introductions to Kobo-Daishi's Skikoku.
The first makes you want to go, the second provides more detail.



And finally a personal story from Todd Reeves on his Shikoku Henro


If you would like to see some more on the 88 temples. Click the label 'Japan'.
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vrijdag 2 juni 2017

Camino Ingles

A relative short camino from Ferrol in the north to Santiago.
But don't let the distance get in the way of walking this fine camino.
And it's not that easy, these about 118 km.


maandag 22 mei 2017

Something grand

Here's a link to a documentary by Matthew Anderson.

He says...
"Below you will find a Vimeo link to my 2012 film “Something Grand”, a 26-minute journey with pilgrims starting out on the 800-km trek to Santiago, as I ask them: “Why are you doing this?”"

woensdag 10 mei 2017

Biking San Salvador and Primitivo

The Camino San Salvador is a camino not often done by bike. These cyclists did just that. In both movies they cycled the route between Leon and Oviedo and moved on to the Camino Primitivo to continue to Santiago de Compostela.

Enjoy the stills in the first and the movement in the second.




Movie Strangers on the earth

Remember Dane Johansen, an American cellist playing in many churches along the camino in 2014? The movie Strangers on the earth screns in several cities...

Trailer #1


Trailer #2

More on the movie here.
At the moment (april 2017) it plays mainly in theaters in Canada and sometimes in the US.

dinsdag 2 mei 2017

Camino Frances trio

So many people walk the Camino Frances.

So many memories in movies.
For those who walked or cycled, for those reminded of their memories, for those dreaming to do it sometime, for those not able to...

This post combined three impressions of the Camino Frances.
Think you like them!


Starting in Astorga, with music sound of silence


vrijdag 21 april 2017

Camino Primitivo

A meditative journey on a silent path.
About 320 kilometers from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.

They took the Hospitales route. Some say this route along the three hospitales ruines is landscapewise one of the most beautiful pieces of the several camino's.
I agree, it's beautiful!
This presentation provides a good overview of the paths of this camino.

Derek Steller

Gronze picture of the Hospitales part

Hikes, the best?

This compilation of hikes isn't specific on pilgrimage. 
However a few, like in Peru or Jordan, probably qualify ;-)
And, depending on definition, other do also!

It's an overview of, however subjective, a topten of hikes around our earth.

Get inspired.

Top Archives


The Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike Trail
The Kalalau Hike in Hawaii
The Laugavegur Trail, Iceland Hike
Tour du Mont Blanc Hike
Mount Rinjani Volcano Hike Eruption
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike
The Wadi Numeira Siq Trail, Petra, Jordan Hike
The Three Capes Track, Tasmania Hike Australia
The Yosemite Half Dome Hike
The Zion Angels Landing Trail Hike

zondag 9 april 2017

Camino del Norte

The Camino del Norte is a camino growing in popularity.
Is it the crowded Camino Frances, the heritage status or just the beautiful environment pulling the pilgrim?

Have a look..

caminojonas kuestenweg-jakobsweg

Shikoko Henro

Enjoy these documentaries on the pilgrimage route of the 88 temples.
A great introduction to this route.
Follow in the steps of Kūkai.
Step aboard, be the Henro.

This first documentary is from
WASA-Video Channel(J-PRODUCE Inc.)

" The Shikoku Pilgrimage (四国遍路 Shikoku Henro?) or Shikoku Junrei (四国巡礼?) is a multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A popular and distinctive feature of the island's cultural landscape, and with a long history, large numbers of pilgrims (known as henro (遍路?)) still undertake the journey for a variety of ascetic, pious, and tourism-related purposes.[1] The pilgrimage is traditionally completed on foot, but modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles, or motorcycles. The standard walking course is approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) long and can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days to complete.
In addition to the 88 "official" temples of the pilgrimage, there are over 20 bangai — temples not considered part of the official 88. To complete the pilgrimage, it is not necessary to visit the temples in order; in some cases it is even considered lucky[citation needed] to travel in reverse order. Henro (遍路?) is the Japanese word for pilgrim,[2] and the inhabitants of Shikoku call the pilgrims o-henro-san (お遍路さん?), the o (お?) being an honorific and the san (さん?) a title similar to "Mr." or "Mrs.". They are often recognizable by their white clothing, sedge hats, and kongō-zue or walking sticks. Alms or osettai are frequently given. Many pilgrims begin and complete the journey by visiting Mount Kōya in Wakayama Prefecture, which was settled by Kūkai and remains the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism. The 21 kilometres (13 mi) walking trail up to Koya-san still exists, but most pilgrims use the train. "


Manga Anime

zondag 2 april 2017

The Jordan Trail

This clip is on a part of the Jordan Trail, on Wadi Mujib, Hidan and Zarqa Main.

The whole trail is about 600 kilometers,
crossing the country from north to south.
See for more information below..

Experience Jordan

(it's in Spanish, so perhaps use your browser translation options)

Animals en route

This movie is a compilation of the various animals you meet on a camino pilgrimage trail.
No brown bears ;-)

Camino de Europa

zaterdag 25 maart 2017

Wanderlust St Olav's Way

"Wanderlust! The St. Olav's Way - From Sweden to Norway"

'In the summer of 2016 Smecker travelled along the Saint Olav's Way. The pilgrimage route leads from the Swedish Sundsvall to Trondheim in Norway, to the Nidaros Cathedral.'


Ubrigens, auch auf Deutsch....

And, if you understand German, try this documentary

Wanderlust! Der Olavsweg in Norwegen (SWR Länder Menschen Abenteuer)

Rastlos der Wanderblog

woensdag 22 maart 2017

Biking Camino Frances

On this presentation of a pilgrimage on bike you'll see many landscapes and you'll hear many people talking about their experiences.

David O.

zondag 26 februari 2017

Footprints movie

The path of your life.

This movie ... "The Way of St. James narrates the story of men in search of the goal of our human existence: in search of the meaning of life."


The website for this movie is here. There you can also find where it shows.

maandag 20 februari 2017

Camino Frances & Fisterra

Chris made a documentary of his Camino Frances into Santiago de Compostela and going on to Fisterra.
See him walking and talking, see the landscape change, see it just as it is...


donderdag 16 februari 2017

Camino Primitivo

Three guys 'doing' the first camino, the Camino Primitivo.
See the places they walked, see the places where they ate, where they slept, they posed, they awed the landscape, ....

Juan Arias

Camino Primitivo, the first

A nice impression from the Camino Primitivo by A. Navarro.
Nice photography.
Starting in Oviedo, ending in Santiago de Compostela.


maandag 13 februari 2017

Camino Frances

The Camino Frances is the most popular camino. So, obviously, most movies are made by people walking this 'mother of the camino'.

So many places to remember, so many to look forward to.

Elia Nolan Turella

Camino Frances, the major way

All the way from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Fisterra.

"I'm thankfull this road for every metre that I went through, for every stone I needed to climb over, for every person that I met, for the views and memories which I will remember all my entire life. This experience I got will share with everyone who would love to try it."

Aurimas Mockus

zaterdag 4 februari 2017

Pilgrimage music of the camino

A selection of pilgrimage music of the camino...
Well, what is pilgrimage music.

Is it related to themes of religion,
is it related to medieval times, 
to the instruments of Galicia or northern Spain or
to representative moods you encounter while doing the camino?
Just make up your mind and enjoy.

Medieval music : pilgrim song - Stella splendens

(Full text see at the end of this post)

Arany Zoltan

The next song is a sound the many pilgrims will recognise and bring back memories!
Hear the gaitero
Dan Perez

Hymne de Santiago, Hymne de los peregrinos
Jose Maria Maldonado

Hymne de peregrinos by the Discantus ensemble
Fundacion Juan March

Have some time to spent? Perhaps listen to the Codex Calixtinus - ad vesperas sancti Iacobi

Caballerito de Arratia


The pilgrimage to Santiago - Dum Pater Familias
Dennim Cancino

Contemplative instrumental music pieces by Paul Baraka

Heavenly voices of this ensemble
Compostelle - Le chant de l'etoile
Ensemble discantus/Brigitte Lesne

More sacred songs from the 12th century

Campus Stellae - Chants sacrés du XII siècle
Ensemble Discantus.

Saint-Martial de Limoges / Santiago de Compostela
Discantus - Brigitte Lesne
Opus 111 30-102

Medieval tunes, divine tunes, some instrumental, some vocal
Cantigas de Santiago de Compostela

01. Santa María de Lugo
02. El romero de Santiago
03. Peligro en la mar
04. Dona de Francia en Vila-Sirga
05. El ciego de Alemania
06. El peregrino ahorcado
07. Los peregrinos ciegos


Does this song wake memories in your camino?

Santiago by Loreena McKennitt
from the album The mask and mirror

This song by Sigur Ros does ring some camino bells to me.

The name of the song is Glósóli

And finally a piece from the soundtrack of The Way (2010)
no 4 Pilgrims

By the way, The Way, remember this?
Berrogüetto.- Fusco
at a Santiago festival

Full Text Stella Splendens
"Sequitur alia cantilena ad trepudium rotundum:
Stella splendens in monte ut solis radium miraculis serrato exaudi populum.

Concurrunt universi gaudentes populi
divites et egeni grandes et parvuli
Principes et magnates extirpe regia
ipsum ingrediuntur ut cernunt oculi et inde revertuntur gracijis repleti. saeculi potestates obtenta venia
Prelati et barones comites incliti
peccaminum proclamant tundentes pectora poplite flexo clamant hic: Ave Maria. religiosi omnes atque presbyteri milites mercatores cives marinari
artifices et omnes gratulantur ibi.
burgenses piscatores praemiantur ibi. Rustici aratores nec non notarii advocati scultores cuncti ligni fabri sartores et sutores nec non lanifici
Coetus hic aggregantur hic ut exhibeant
Reginae comitissae illustres dominae potentes et ancillae juvenes parvulae virgines et antiquae pariter viduae conscendunt et hunc montem et religiosae.
mentes nostras mundantes oremus devote
vota regratiantur ut ipsa et reddant aulam istam ditantes hoc cuncti videant jocalibus ornantes soluti redeant. Cuncti ergo precantes sexus utriusque virginem gloriosam matrem clementiae
in coelis gratiosam sentiamus vere."