The Camino Francés originates on one side or the other of the French-Spanish border in the Pyrenees Mountains and passes on a northerly route through Pamplona, Burgos, and León to Santiago de Compostela. It was a Roman trade route before it became the Way of St. James. During the medieval times it was one of the most important pilgrimages, together with Rome and Jerusalem. It stirred my interest in the mid-1990s, tempting me to try it for the first time in 2004 when I also became a member of the Association of American Pilgrims on the Camino. The Association’s web site, http://www.americanpilgrims.com/, has extensive information on the Camino, including sections about the organization, the Camino, resources, and organization events. Information about the Southern California Chapter of the American Pilgrims can also be found on this site. The Confraternity of Saint James has a site: http://www.csj.org.uk/route-camino-frances.htm, that can also serve as a resource.
I became so enamored with my first walk that I walked it three more times. Here are some favorite pictures from my 2011 Camino Walk: