Thanks Mike and PF.
The most significant things for us were (a) just how hard it was and (b) how bloody marvellous it was. As I think I may have said before, we became addicted to strapping on the packs before dawn and setting off into the countryside/mountains/forests/deserts etc. etc. - and getting on top of the difficulties and relishing the company.
Since our return yesterday Anne is having difficulty coming to terms with the fact that no longer is everything she needs in the pack on her back, and that it felt so right to not need anything else.
Before we left for Spain we had the full range of opinions some of which were:
"it is like a stroll in the country with lovely little villages dotted along the way";
"I know a bloke with two hip replacements and knee reconstructions who did it, you should have a ball";
"you only really need to wear open-toed sandals".
These are myths. Well, we did meet one delightful young American guy who was wearing open-toed sandals!
I'll try to insert photos below. But Rory was exceptional - young, strong and fit.
I'd like some advice: because of the amount of mis-information on the net about the Camino, I have a hankering to set up an account of the preparation and the experiences we encountered, accompanied by photos. Btw, the movie "The Way" with Martin Sheen is Not misinformation. When we flew back to Paris our French friends wanted to watch it with us. We were struck by how authentic it was.
Any recommendations? a Blog? something like 500Px? or something else? As I firmly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words (or more!) it will not be text-heavy. Just brief explanations of what is depicted in the photo. I would like the platform to allow that and to have an attractive "theme" layout. But I don't want to be sucked into some facebook type situation.
The pics that prove the exception to the rule!
Anne meets Rory (with sandals!) and his father Bob from Bend, Oregon - and cannot resist describing the trout she caught in a Spanish mountain stream by just tickling it under the gills
further along the track we meet again for a morning coffee
and later, after a tough climb, Bob suggests that his son do the right thing
our group of American friends take time out, Bob and Rory far left