AZ Aqueous Honorable Mention!

After cruising around the Southwest (taking lots of pictures of vintage motel signs for future paintings!), we've landed in Southern California.  When I collected my waiting mail, I had a surprise waiting--my watercolor and ink painting, Parque Mexico, won an honorable mention in the national juried AZ Aqueous Show! What an awesome welcome back to California.

 Beautiful Parque Mexico in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

Beautiful Parque Mexico in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

Camino de Santiago: Day 37 -- Arrival!

Somehow, I didn't get a ton of photos of our walk into Santiago and the two days we spent there.  In a way, I'm glad.  The last day of the Camino was one totally spent in the moment--excited and partially astonished to have made it and sad that the end is approaching as we knock of one kilometer after the next.  We stopped at every cafe--took our time. We people watched. We enjoyed the last of the Camino sunrises and scenery.  I limped into Santiago so so grateful my feet carried me this last day without something popping loose like a wonky spring in a clock.

The cathedral was under construction inside and out, but it didn't matter.  The perfect photo backdrop didn't matter.  What felt good was to arrive with friends and to watch other pilgrims arrive throughout the weekend.  It was a lovely time sightseeing like a tourist, having meals with friends from the way and waving hi to somewhat recognizable faces.  Santiago is a beautiful city for arrivals.

We also visited the Pilgrimage Museum behind the cathedral with gave me a frame of reference for an accomplishment I still don't quite comprehend. 

 Thank you for your visit.

Thank you for your visit.

 Last Galician early morning.  We'll be sleeping in from here on out.

Last Galician early morning.  We'll be sleeping in from here on out.

 To prolong the day we stopped at every cafe. This is the first I saw with a gift shop though!

To prolong the day we stopped at every cafe. This is the first I saw with a gift shop though!

 Winding our way into Santiago.

Winding our way into Santiago.

 One view of the massive cathedral

One view of the massive cathedral

 The cathedral interior with Botofumeria.

The cathedral interior with Botofumeria.

Camino De Santiago: Days 31 -33 - Las Herrerias to Fonfria to Sarria to Portomarin

 A beautiful but long, steep walk up to O'Cebreiro.

A beautiful but long, steep walk up to O'Cebreiro.

 Beautiful Galicia

Beautiful Galicia

 The absolute best thing to eat in the quaint town of O'Cebreiro-- a big bowl of caldo gallego and rustic bread (and caffeine of course)

The absolute best thing to eat in the quaint town of O'Cebreiro-- a big bowl of caldo gallego and rustic bread (and caffeine of course)

 The Monumento do Peregrino looks out over the sweeping Galician view on the Alto San Roque.

The Monumento do Peregrino looks out over the sweeping Galician view on the Alto San Roque.

 Descending from tiny Fonfria in the early morning reveals mountain tops emerging from clouds like islands.

Descending from tiny Fonfria in the early morning reveals mountain tops emerging from clouds like islands.

 Breathtaking light filters in serene valleys outside of Triacastela.

Breathtaking light filters in serene valleys outside of Triacastela.

 Galician guard dog. Or maybe he's just sunning himself.

Galician guard dog. Or maybe he's just sunning himself.

 Leaving Sarria with lots of new faces who have arrived to walk the last 100 kilometers to Santiago.

Leaving Sarria with lots of new faces who have arrived to walk the last 100 kilometers to Santiago.

 a mysterious misty morning

a mysterious misty morning

 picturesque country roads on the walk to Portomarin.

picturesque country roads on the walk to Portomarin.

 The little Galician Camino mascot. He looks like a Miro inspired peregrino

The little Galician Camino mascot. He looks like a Miro inspired peregrino

 the reliable yellow arrow leads the way.

the reliable yellow arrow leads the way.

 The fortress and Church Igrexa de San Juan. (in the Galician dialect Igrexa = Iglesia)

The fortress and Church Igrexa de San Juan. (in the Galician dialect Igrexa = Iglesia)