We were walking around Périgueux, headed for the domed Byzantine Cathedral.
"What is that?"
I was thinking parking and timing and lunch. "Huh?"
Not everyone, especially a teenager, would have noticed the bronze shell medallion marking the Way of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago. Having remarked a real life detail, my sister and I went in search of the story, happily researching this historic pilgrimage route. We found there are trails all over Europe that lead to a church on the west coast of Spain, where the Apostle James bones are said to be buried.
A few weeks later, we watchedThe Way directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his dad, Martin Sheen. An quietly inspirational film with powerful acting and humor, we enjoyed learning more about the Camino.
Did you know anything about this pilgrimage? Have you seen the film? Have you ever questioned a shell in your path?