Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pyrénées at dawn.

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Most people will tell you that the first day of the Camino de Santiago is the hardest day of the walk (starting from St. Jean Pied-de-Port) and I agree.

Waking up at dawn in this old Basque village, at the foot of the Pyrénées mountains, I start my month long journey with much anticipation.
The temperature outside is freezing on this September morning, and yet my pilgrim companions and I manage to remain brave and start the climb towards the Spanish border instead of waiting in a café for sunrise.
St Jean is located at about 200m (660 ft) above sea level. On the first day, most pilgrims climb towards the Spanish border, at the top of the Pyrénées at 1400m high (4600ft) and back down to Roncesvalles at 400m (1300ft). The climb is pretty steep in some parts on the French side but the scenery is spectacular.
Halfway up to the top on the French side, I turn around to have a look at the hilly landscape still blanketed in mist as the sun slowly rises, radiating its warmth on the breathless pilgrims.
I stop and listen to Nature's awakening, savoring the moment, eyes shining with the excitement and expectation of days to come.

I know at this moment it was worth walking a second time.

7 comments:

Joel said...

Wonderful photo. The Pyrenees are one of my favorite places on the planet.

Daniel N. said...

Thanks a lot Joel! The Pyrenees is really a fantastic place to walk. Cheers!

Julie Broadbent said...

I love this picture. It is so peaceful. Thank you for posting.

Daniel N. said...

Thanks Julie! It was a very peaceful moment.

Jessica said...

Your photos are beautiful and quiet. Thanks for sharing!

Daniel N. said...

Thank you very much Jessica!

Ziad said...

I hear you bro!

Love the shot. :)

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