Tag: Caspin Journeys

ARRIVING IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Galicia marks the final lap of our journey, only a mere 150 km separate us from Santiago now. Walking the high peaks of Galicia, surrounded by endless mists, my mind traces back every step and I wonder how far I have come and how much further could I go yet? The Camino opens your mind to a deeper understanding of the self and of everything that surrounds it. But if…

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ONWARD INTO GALICIA

With Galicia waiting just round the corner and Santiago now closer than ever, the time to leave Matavenero had finally come. Living here for nearly a week is a moment in my life that I will always cherish. Along the Camino you learn to appreciate the value of the simple things in life, and here more than anywhere we lived these experiences. A part of us wished to remain behind…

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CASTILLA Y LEON

18th June 2014   [caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="243"] Rua El Cid[/caption] As we stepped into the streets of Leon we felt a heavy weight lifted off our shoulders. Soon we would be leaving the region of Castilla and Leon behind us, moving on from these monotonous stretches of farmland and heading for the more exiting scenery of Galicia. Known as the Mesetas or Tierra de Campos, this plateau region 800m…

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THE ESSENCE OF EL CAMINO

4th June 2014   The Camino is as much a physical challenge as it is a mental one. That evening we went to bed in Estella tired, aching and drained. We woke hardly feeling any better. Even more disheartening was the empty dormitory we woke to at 7,30. Everyone had already set off and we were still there complaining. With some effort we managed to get going driven only by…

ONWARD TO ESTELLA

1st June 2014 Most pilgrims usually set off early in the morning: we never managed to get going until at least 9. After our night out in Pamplona, at 11 we were still in the albergue. All night the bars and streets had been heaving with people eating pinxos and drinking wine and at only 2 euros each it is a quick and slippery slope. With our ever-improving Spanish we…

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INTO THE STREETS OF PAMPLONA

30th May 2014 “Then we crossed a wide plain, and there was a big river off on the right shining in the sun from between the line of trees, and a way off you could see the plateau of Pamplona rising out of the plain, and the walls of the city, and the great brown cathedral, and the broken skyline of the other churches. In the back of the plateau…

WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

27th May 2014 Our Camino begins in the quaint village of St Jean Pied de Port, today the principal gateway to the pilgrimage. Sitting at the feet of the Pyrenees, “Foot of the pass” Pied de port, the walled town still has a medieval feel about it.   St Jean Pied de Port Excitement woke us earlier than even the alarm we had set. Keen to start our journey, we…

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1 Day Walking Tour of Rome – part 2

From the Imperial Fora to the Vatican Museums - part 2 We all love Rome, beautiful ancient city, one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe! in a simple blog post is a kind of heresy! So we thought to give you a little guide for your next visit to the Italian capital to make the best out of your time and to not miss the very best spots of this incredible…

1 Day Walking Tour of Rome – part 1

Discover the real soul of Rome Condensate almost 3000 years of history of the beautiful Rome in a simple blog post is a kind of heresy! So we thought to give you a little guide for your next visit to the Italian capital to make the best out of your time and to not miss the very best spots of this incredible ancient city. We wrote some descriptions and curiosity…

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Hidden Gems on the Tuscan Coast

Argentario and Tuscan Archipelago In just a few weeks we set off to run our first Tuscany Golf Tour, an exciting project we have been developing over the last few years, with special attention to non-golfing partners. Before the tour starts, Simona and Antonio went to do the last bits of research and put the final touches to the first part of the trip.  It will start on the beautiful Tuscan…

Corsican History, Culture and Gastronomy

While you are waiting to join us on our Grand Tour of Corsica Walking tour, here is a little preview of what to expect from this mesmerising island! A History of Corsica Archaeologists estimate that the first humans arrived in Corsica around the 7th century BC after crossing the sea from the Tuscan coast. These Neolithic populations lived mainly from breeding livestock and hunting wild animals, although there is proof that the…

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte

The First Emperor of France Small in stature, Napoléon left behind a huge legacy. Napoléon Buonaparte was a military general who became the first emperor of France. To this day he is one of the most celebrated personages of the West. Napoléon was born in 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. He was the second son of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Romalino, who had 8 children that survived child birth, Joseph being…

Why the Faun?

Two things we always get asked on our trips: the origins of the name Caspin and our logo, the Faun. Well, one thing led to the other. We had run out of ideas for an interesting company name and decided to blend our nicknames: Cas and Pino into Caspin. Caspin reminded Caroline of a book called Prince Caspian (C.S.Lewis) [caption id="attachment_5478" align="alignleft" width="195"] The original drawing[/caption] The Caspin Journeys "Faun" emerged from Caroline's childhood…