Entering the Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, A Pilgrim’s View

May 28, 2013 — 13 Comments
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At 1:10 P.M. on my twentieth day, I completed the French Way of the Camino de Santiago. I was elated, but I took a moment of silence and remembered my mom. How I wished I could have called her. If she were alive, she would have been constantly worried about me as I walked across Spain. I also knew she would have been very proud… From Page 194, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.

I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Santiago de Compostela Spain, The Old City, as we faced the arch of Pazo do Xelmírez. Now, let’s slowly walk through the arch and into the Praza do Obradoiro.

This video was actually from my summer Camino del Norte. I arrived in the evening on a day in early August. Please excuse the little bit of shaking but I wanted to give you…

A Pilgrim’s view.




Again from my summer Camino de Norte: the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, glowed in the evening sky.

Randall st germain santiago de compostela cathedral spain

On both occasions, I was happy to arrive in Santiago de Compostela and standing in front of the beautiful cathedral. One knows though, just because you arrive in Santiago de Compostela, your journey doesn’t end there. My journey continues…

I hope you enjoyed this post and to everyone who has followed my blog, especially those of you from the beginning, I thank you so much. I’m not done yet, because, on my next post, The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Views From The Praza do Obradoiro, I’ll show you views of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral from the Praza do Obradoiro. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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13 responses to Entering the Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, A Pilgrim’s View

  1. Peter Pfliegel May 29, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I can’t deny that reading your very first paragraph, tears run into my eyes. I will certainly remember the moment when I reach the cathedral.
    Thank you, Randall.

    • You’re welcome Peter. Those are kind words. You have your own journey ahead and I wish you a Buen Camino. As for the shuttle bus or train , you saw it in the video. You can catch it in front of the Cathedral or about a block away on the street to the right of the Hotel de los Reyes Católicos. I highly recommend it for a tour of the city and it gets you off your feet. That was the first vehicle I had been in for three weeks. Needless to say, it felt odd. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  2. What a beautiful photograph…I’m sure your mother would have been proud. It made me sad to read this post and I will give my mom an extra big hug when I see her tonight. Amazing travels…and I am enjoying recounting your adventure through your posts! Jill.

    • Thanks Jill. I’m sure my mom would have been proud too. Yes, please give your mom a big hug. That’s a great idea. Glad you’re enjoying my posts too. I enjoyed participating on the recent post on your blog, although I didn’t really do much 🙂

  3. The photo of the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela is inspiring. I want the identical photo next spring 2014, when I walk the Frances way, but I will not do it in 20 days young man! Ha! Safe Travels and thank you for sharing!
    Mike (Nomadic Texan)

  4. Great video. Amazing cathedral. I also gathered that you must be a “leg” man. LOL.

    • Thanks Marie. I won’t say a “leg” man but I know I had a little trouble walking and filming with my DSLR at the same time. I noticed I had it a little “low” at times 🙂

  5. Hi,
    I have really appreciated your blog and all the pictures.I walked the Camino Francés August 13-September 4 this year. I have also written a blog and had a good use of your blog when I was unsure of some places. We have a lot of photos of the same places but you also took your time and photographed things I just passed and regret later that I didn’t stopped by.

    So thanks for a lovely blog!

    • Béatrice, I really thought I had responded earlier. I’m sorry. Thanks for your comment. As long as you have fond memories of your Camino. You can go back one day and take more photos too. Buen Camino and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Have to agree with Béatrice ‘s comment▲ Your blog is a delight to visit with the great photography and text. Always worth re-visiting some of your posts as well, Randall. Seems that I missed something the first time. I never took the time to watch the video (that’s posted) Good stuff!

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