Join Mary Jane as she treks along the winding ancient roads of pilgrims, across the continent of Europe and beyond.
All across Europe, and beyond into Turkey and the Middle East, there is a maze of walks on which to make incredible discoveries and have plenty of adventures. The best-known is the Camino de Santiago trail, or St James Way, along which a symbolic scallop shell marks the way. Mary Jane hopes to complete it in its entirety, one section at a time
Ancient pilgrim trails still in use today traverse nations and mountain ranges across Europe and into the eastern Mediterranean region.
So, strap on your backpack, your walking boots and come along for the ride. Discover little-known walkways and pilgrim trails dating back hundreds of years, as Mary Jane sets out to cover as much ground as she can.
Pilgrim ways aren’t just for the religious. People of all ages and walks of life come to walk them. The journey becomes one of learning about other cultures and their interconnected histories and stories. Mary Jane shares her experiences of this in A Maverick Pilgrim Way.
Racking up many a kilometre all over Europe, and east of Istanbul, Mary Jane sets out along the way in in a great variety of places, from Ireland and Portugal in the west to Russia and Turkey in the east. The landscapes and jaw-dropping scenery are one thing – while the people, cultures and histories are another.
Walking through cities and over the countryside has been a humbling experience, one in which Mary Jane has met the people and got up close and personal with each of the cultures and countries she visited.
Follow Mary Jane as she makes her way along ancient trading routes and pilgrim paths, and learn about the people she meets, the experiences of her journey and a history of pilgrimages across Europe and the Mediterranean.
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Written in a pleasant friendly style so that you painlessly absorb the historical and cultural titbits, this book covers an amazing range of countries. I read the book on a black-and-white Kindle, but I looked at the colour photographs on my computer – there were lots of striking snaps of both the landscape and the cities. I especially liked those of buildings in Barcelona and Moscow.
There are many pilgrim trails and pilgrim sites in Europe; while most old-time pilgrims had a definite destination and a commitment to complete, our traveller does a bit here and a bit there, taking time out to see other sights, enjoy the culture and climb mountains, making for an interesting variety. It was fascinating to read about public nudity in Germany, Vikings in Ireland and democratic art in Russia. I also found the author’s cheerful attitude to adventure inspiring.