Earlier this year, I travelled the French Way with Jerry to collect footage for our series of Camino de Santiago videos.
Along the way, we met lovely pilgrims, always happy to share their stories with us (watch our Pilgrims on the Camino video). We also had the luxury of getting first-hand information from hotel and restaurant owners who shared recipes and stories about their local regions and food (watch our Food on the Camino video). And lastly, we met interesting people who live and work on the Camino, we call them People of the Camino, who shared the history behind their businesses with us. Here are a couple of them:
Sarria: Marisol and her shoe shop
Marisol is a lovely lady who runs a traditional shoe shop in the Main Street in Sarria, very close to the Town Hall. The shop stocks all sorts of quality shoes (sandals, walking boots, smart shoes for both ladies and men) and has been opened for many generations. Marisol and her shop have seen many pilgrims walk past, coming from all around the world. She explained to us that walking shoes were of course one of the most in demand among pilgrims but also other, more fashionable items in good Spanish leather.
If you happen to be in Sarria and in need of a new pair of ‘brogues’, pop in to see Marisol. She promised to give CaminoWays.com customers and friends a discount!
Arzúa: Luís & Luís
Luís junior runs a traditional local butcher shop called locally Carnicería Tarazona (although there is no sign of the name).
The shop has been opened for over a hundred years and passed from one Luís to the next. Apart from meat (it is a butcher shop after all), the store also sells the traditional Arzúa cheese and other local dairy products. What attracted me to the shop was a sign on the window offering fresh milk, straight from the cow, in just 5 minutes! That’s a fast energy drink, Arzúa-style!