A Visit by an Italian Prince

While the name Medici may conjure up extreme art patronage, high level banking, and a very complicated business relationship with Rome, we find one member of the family who came to Santiago de Compostela from Florence as a sort of a diplomatic pilgrim. Not walking certainly, given his status, and not making this one city […]

Sic Transit Gloria Montero Ríos

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, like most medieval churches standing today, is a sum of its parts. It is stone piled on stone; it is glass, painting, and precious metals, and it is also the embodiment of the men who built it, the ambition and drive that they poured into it, and the many […]

Books, Books, Books!

This is a fun heads up! I’m starting a new series of guides to the Camino. The first will be a guide – specifically for English-speaking pilgrims – to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You can read lots of guides. They’re dense, filled with numbers, how high the towers are, when the building went […]

On Becoming a Pilgrim

I’m on the threshold, in the doorway. It’s a clear metaphor, of course, just describing a liminal space – you pick one side or the other, or you stay there. Do I back in and stay safe or do I step out and go on an adventure. It’s not unlike “Do I buy tickets or […]