Camino Connections Continue – Germany & Spain

Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos – Santiago De Compostela

It has been a busy summer on the Camino and Santiago is welcoming pilgrims from around the world reaching record numbers arriving in a day. New Camino Connections Continue with the arrival of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to experience a little of the camino spirit with the President of Spain Mariano Rajoy and other special guests.

It was a very busy 24 hours with many special activities one of special note related to historic pilgrim experiences was the signing of the official Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos Guest Book. With the Parador being known as the oldest hotel in the world with its historic origin as a hospital taking care of the pilgrims upon their arrival it was most appropriate that the Parador was the meeting place for the official press conference and camino activities. A new beginning of country alliances and relations helping for the continued experience and growth of this important and historical pilgrimage.

Photograph: Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany, Julio Castro Marcote – Director Parador Santiago, Manuel Quintanar – Subdirector Parador Santiago, and Antonio Lois – Adjunto a Dirección Parador Santiago.

Photography by: Susan Mann ©


Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!!!

800 aÒos de historia nos observan!

I hope that everyone has shared in celebrating a very special, happy, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with family and friends!!! Enjoy this amazing time of renewing your spirit and sharing it with loved ones!!!

Thank you very much for a beautiful and inspiring photograph celebrating Santiago de Compostela:

The Faces of Grupo Nove

Cocinero’s Extraordinaire!

German Limeres captured some of the faces of the Cocineros/Chefs of Grupo Nove as they celebrated in Santiago de Compostela at the Cuidade Da Cultura their 10 year Anniversary. It was a Fantastic, Exciting and DELICIOUS Event –  Enhorabuena!!!

Photographs: German Limeres

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – Up For The BEST!


Everyday on the Camino is unique and special.  Always new people to meet, incredible scenery and more wonderful memories.  Arriving in Santiago de Compostela and visiting the Cathedral is truly an awe-inspiring experience. No matter how many times I have been there I am still captivated each time taking in something new and adding to all the times that have come before.

Spain is a country full of incredible architecture and ancient traditions that invite you to continue to discover more. Whoever wins The Best Cathedral In Spain – Santiago will always hold a very special place in the hearts of pilgrims who have ventured here from around the world and Galicians who rightfully take so much pride in this incredible place.
Vote on it here:

Thank you DisfrutaSantiago for your post and spreading the word:

Mother & Daughter Camino – Grazyna & Beata

It is always a very special experience for me to hear of pilgrims stories – the WHY’s, WHAT’s, WHEN & HOW’s of their Camino Journey.  I am always touched, moved and grateful for the sharing that occurs as it is inspiring and continually transformational.
It was a wonderful surprise to receive Beata Moritz’s email as I had been meaning to email those involved in the Rexistro 108 Vilei Global Pilgrims Photography & Video Project.  For German and I this is a fun  experience inspired by his creating the photography project in August 2011.  We when time permits take pictures and video at his families historic 150 + year old country house located 108 KM to Santiago de Compostela.  But as “synchronicity” and luck would have it I emailed Grazyna Boszko, Beata’s mother, on just the right day for Beata was traveling to Santiago 4 days later, June 5, and would arrive when we were setting up the exhibition in the Parador and participating as the inauguration event for the 1st Camino Film & Television Festival.
We loved receiving Beata’s email with the story and pictures of their Camino.  We enjoy seeing the pilgrims in their everyday lives and the pictures in the Camino.  It is wonderful to see the combination and also to hear how again and again the Camino calls to ALL.  It is truly something that transforms and keeps you wanting to return again and again for another Camino Journey Experience!  Wishing Beata all the best as she plans her next Camino – Two this year – so very special! Thank you Grazyna and Beata for sharing with us your story and some of your pictures.
Dear Susan,
Thanks for the mail.
My name is Beata and I went the camino last year with my mum.
Her name is Grazyna Boszko , she is 63 years old.
My mum lives in Poland in the city  Makow Mazowiecki ( I live in Germany with my husband and son 10 j).
You make a picture of me to!
We started the camino sant jean pied de port.
Experiences: my mum have from logrono to Santiago shiver on the whole body when she prayed to the st. Jacobus and the shiver was the answer!
I attached pictures of my mum and me and my family .
My husband went the camino France’s 2x, portuges1x and in September 2013 via plata,  me – France’s 2x, mother France’s 1x
We walk the way every year.we love Spain , the Spanish people , the camino!!!!
Everybody say: ” if you want to go the camino- you recived  what you need ( want!)”!!! It is TRUTH!!!
You send the mail to me today and I fly to Santiago on 5.6.13. ! Next week!!!
And your photography exhibition is in parador on 5.6.! It’s perfect! I have a Facebook site : Beata Moritz ( krefeld/maków Mazowiecki ).please send me a picture of me .
Thx Beata Moritz
Mit freundlichen Grüssen Beata Moritz

Serdecznie pozdrawiam Beata Moritz


Muchisimas Gracias Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos


German Limeres and I would like to thank everyone that made this years Rexistro 108 Vilei Global Pilgrims’ Photography & Video Exhibition in Santiago de Compostela possible.  A very special thank you to Julio Castro Marcote, Director of Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, for making the exhibition this June and July 2013 available to share with the pilgrims and tourists visiting the city. It was time yesterday to take down the exhibition that we were so fortunate to share for two months with pilgrims and visitors to Santiago.  A celebration we hope to have the opportunity to share in again next year in 2014.

The exhibition is a dream come true for me as this special event was inspired three years ago, one year before meeting German, when I attended and met Christina Oiticica and Paulo Coelho at their special private party event celebrating Christina’s Art Exhibition during Xacobeo July 2010.  Paulo was very kind to personally introduce me to Julio Castro, and I knew that someday I wanted to share with others more of the Camino spirit and inspiration that it has provided in my life with others.  I am very grateful to German for sharing his passion of Galicia, the Camino and Pilgrims with me that has provided for so many incredible experiences in Galicia.  I have gotten to truly live more of the Camino and pilgrimage spirit for which I will be forever grateful.

This journey has shown me that you never know what will come from meeting people and where it will lead but that there is OPPORTUNITY and INSPIRATION waiting for us to CONNECT and SHARE using our gifts and talents working collaboratively with others to make a difference in the world.

We are excited to continue this journey as the exhibition moves onto Samos Monastery later this August and September connecting with more pilgrims and visitors along the Camino Frances.  We look forward to sharing it with others as it begins to make its way around the world inviting others to make their own pilgrimage journey.


We would like to thank everyone who made the exhibition possible: Julio Castro Marcote, (Director of the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos), Dimas Gonzalez (Film Commissioner, Santiago de Compostela), Nazareth Martín (Director Of The Camino Film & Television Festival), Martin Cañedo, Maruxa Ledo (Director Of Turismo de Santiago de Compostela), Tórculo Printing, Imaxina Diseño Begoña Pérez, Jaime Pardo Valdés Jorge Diaz Luque, Stacy Elaine Lutsch (Friend, Translator, and Fellow Pilgrim), Marisa Granda Escudero (Friend and Fellow Pilgrim), and a very special thank you to German Limeres for his wonderful photographs of the pilgrims and creating Rexistro 108 Vilei sharing the inspiring faces and stories with others.