📷 Le Puy—Preparing for the Journey.

You know the phrase, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single selfie."

You know the phrase, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single selfie."

I'm a few days into my walk and it's the first time time I've had wifi so I can get some pictures up. Before I post pics from the route, I have a few more pics from Le Puy, my starting point. The start of these journeys are always important I've found.

The view back onto the Le Puy Cathedral.

The view back onto the Le Puy Cathedral.

That crazy church.

That crazy church.

 

The inside of the crazy church was surprisingly beautiful. You're up on top of this volcanic spire, yet it feels cozy and peaceful. I sat a while and pondered my journey. To me it was a special place—the sort of place I travel to experience. It feels like a thin place where the distinction between Heaven and Earth blur. I didn't want to leave but the many miles of walking were calling.

Every morning pilgrims are blessed under this statue of Saint James in the big cathedral. Last year something like 14,000 people walked a portion of this route. Compare that to the roughly 200,000 that walked part of the Camino Frances last year.

Every morning pilgrims are blessed under this statue of Saint James in the big cathedral. Last year something like 14,000 people walked a portion of this route. Compare that to the roughly 200,000 that walked part of the Camino Frances last year.

I picked up this little version of Rublev's Trinity Icon in the cathedral shop. This same icon is up at Taizé and reminds me of my time with Renovaré too. I'm grateful to have it along as a tangible reminder of these experiences and a visual way to pray.

I picked up this little version of Rublev's Trinity Icon in the cathedral shop. This same icon is up at Taizé and reminds me of my time with Renovaré too. I'm grateful to have it along as a tangible reminder of these experiences and a visual way to pray.

I'm on my way! But wait! A renaissance festival is just getting under way! Why do I love this stuff so much?? I decide to delay my departure by a day.

This turned out to be less about the festival and more a much needed day to reflect on the journey ahead and spend some time connecting with God— while letting my internal frenzy settle down a bit. I'm thankful I decided to stay despite the urge to get moving. I ended up feeling much more centered starting out than I otherwise would have.