Last night we had a wonderful communal dinner with 19 other pilgrims. For the first time we were in a dormitory and had to share a room on this Camino.
We left at 6:30 as usual. The day was going to be up and down, but overall, we were destined to arrive in a beautiful valley.
We began climbing immediately out of town.
Very soon we entered a forest of birch trees. It was magnificent and utterly quite. You could hear the deafening roar of silence. The walk was magical, meditative, and divine.
Walking in this divine environment, I could not help but remember Rumi’s poetry.
Behind the Scenes
Is it your face
that adorns the garden?
Is it your fragrance
that intoxicates this garden?
Is it your spirit
that has made this brook
a river of wine?
Hundreds have looked for you
and died searching
in this garden
where you hide behind the scenes.
But this pain is not for those
who come as lovers.
You are easy to find here.
You are in the breeze
and in this river of wine.
Book: The Essential Rumi by Rumi
After a half-hour of walking through the enchanted forest, we were out into the mountains again, climbing some more.
We continued on to the next town where we met quite a few other pilgrims, all gathered to enjoy coffee and tea by the roadside.
Chatting with Trevor from England.
Our roommate from last night, Guy, from Quebec.
We entered another forest. This one was full of chestnut trees.
We enjoyed our picnic lunch on the way down the mountain. We met our inspiration for the day in this French lady (wearing a white cap), 78 years young, carrying a full backpack and going up and down these tough slopes merrily.
We finally saw our destination for today. It is a charming medieval town nestled in the valley below.
It is a cute little town with narrow streets, a beautiful church, a chateau, and with arched gates to enter the inner sanctum.
I liked the poetry!
It sure is a cute little town…
Thanks for sharing Rumi’s jewels – Rumi lived in a higher world and showed us the way to an enlightened living.
You guys look so utterly blissful. You say ‘the walk was magical, meditative and divine’ – that divinity is coming across in the pictures – they are absolutely divine – so by way of you sharing these beautiful pictures and your ecstatic feelings as you walk thru this, we too get to share in some of the divinity. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous – i can feel them speaking out to us ….
Such an appropriate use of Rumi’s poetry for this particular day! Throughly enjoying your narratives!