November 10, 2018
by David Ryan

Wandering on Le Chemin de Compostelle (2: Conques to St. Jean)

This is the second of three blog posts about the Chemin de Compostelle in France from Le Puy-en-Veley to St. Jean Pied-de-Port. The route from Le Puy to St. Jean is one of the many “Camino de Santiago” routes across Europe that eventually converge upon the Pilgrim destination of Santiago de Compostela in the far northwest corner of Spain.

Map of several of the Camino routes. (Map courtesy of the Kosten Foundation and Flickr.)

The previous post covered the walk from Le Puy to Conques. This post will cover the walk from Conques to St. Jean. The next post will provide some comparisons between the walk in France and the walk in Spain and should be of help to someone considering a Camino walk. Continue Reading →

October 25, 2018
by David Ryan

Wandering on Le Chemin de Compostelle (1: Le Puy to Conques)

In 2015 I had the opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago (or “The Way), from St. Jean Pied-de-Port at the base of the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. If you’re not familiar with the Camino, it consists of several pilgrim routes, from almost every corner of Europe, that converge upon the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The bones of St. James (Santiago) are interred in the cathedral and have been attracting pilgrims for over a thousand years.

If you are thinking about walking the Camino, you can find several posts in this blog on the topic by entering Camino in the search box. The posts will show you what’s along the Camino, what it’s like to be a pilgrim on the Camino, and how to prepare for a Camino.

Two weeks ago I finished walking a 400-mile plus portion of the Camino in France (Chemin de Compostelle in French) from Le Puy-en-Veley to St. Jean Pied-de-Port. I hope to give you an idea what you can find along the way from Le Puy to Conques in this post. The next post will be from Conques to St. Jean. The final post on this topic will be a comparison of the route in France to Spanish route.

The Camino route goes through this plaza in Le Puy.

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July 24, 2018
by David Ryan
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Wandering Around Ohio’s Amazing Earthworks

Posts in this blog generally emphasize surprises that you can find when you allow yourself to wander. Rather than surprises, this post discusses two very special places in the State of Ohio: Newark Earthworks and Serpent Mound. Both are amazing and worth a drive across the country to check out!

Newark Earthworks in Newark, Ohio (east of Columbus and locally pronounced as Nerk, Ohiah) are the largest geometric enclosures in the world. They were built by Hopewell culture people over 1500 years ago. Serpent Mound in southern Ohio is the largest surviving prehistoric effigy mound in the world. It is believed to have been built 1000 to 2000 years ago. Both sites combined with other earthen structures in Ohio, have been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. The United States only has 23 World Heritage Sites!

Serpent Mound

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