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Exhibition on the Way of St James Paris

30 Septembre 2011, 17:23pm

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As usual, the Tower of St James in Paris, France ...



A previous post showed you Gabriel Diaz's work.



6 of his videos were exhibitted in Paris at the ground level of the St James Tower, in the middle of Paris, IVth district, Métro Châtelet and Hôtel-de-Ville.



The inauguration took place on June 30, 2011. Gabriel Diaz, the Chargée du Patrimoine de la Ville de Paris and representatives of the Spanish Embassy in France as well as the Spanish Tourist Office opened the exhibition.


The show ended one month later.



Photo Eduardo Cuna Cicugapa


The City of Paris expressed its interest in anything that regards the Way of St James.

  Mme Pourtaud Photo E. Cuna




Mrs de la Torre-Campo, Head of the Tourist Office at the Embassy, is a pilgrim. She said she enjoyed being part of the  group of 332 people who walked across the French capital city on the Way last winter.             


    Mrs de la Torre-Campo Photo E. Cuna

The pilgrims in Paris and their friends are anxious to see non-temporary marks across their city to make

the Way more obvious.


Would you like to know more about the Tower of St James in Paris and how it's connected with the Way ? Ask the author of this blog (commentaires or contact). 

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Way of Saint James Monument 3

22 Septembre 2011, 19:00pm

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Hora fugit ambulat peregrinus




An amazing ad for a chocolate brand that doesn't exist any more ! Salvador Dali says "I'm crazy" ! But he was not insane : for a friend he designed a sundial on a house in Paris. The artwork faces the south and is on the Way of Saint James, St James st. in Paris (5th district).


Few pilgrims see it, as they head for their target and forget to look back from time to time. 



The Way, a solar system   Photo J F F

Paris may be completely surrealistic : Far away from the sea, such a huge scallop shell ! It is situated at 29 rue saint Jacques, but that nr. doesn't exist ...  And the Buen Camino  wish comes from burning blue eyes...


More faith that reason, desire more than science : anyway, pilgrim, that is just the start


of an incredible surrealistic Way.


Want to know more ? 

Link to the St James St Christopher church in Paris 

Link to the Saint James Tower in Paris

Link to the pilgrims way in the Paris region 


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Way of St James Video by Gabriel Diaz

20 Septembre 2011, 07:53am

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Another look at the Camino



Comments in Spanish


Gabriel Diaz is a video artist. He uses images to show the stretch of the Way of St James.


Gone alone on the roads and the paths, like a pilgrim, he walked six different parts of the Camino. "Three years of "intense work", he says. While walking, he took a picture every 11 steps. Why eleven ? And why not ?


From these thousands pictures, which he put together, he has created troubling and moving videos. The kind of shaking effect reproduces the movement of the pilgrim quite well. 


Images that seem to come from a dream (or a nightmare sometimes). And this is not the work of a journalist, it is an artist's work.


Are you planning to follow his steps ? Don't be afraid, pilgrim. To the strange aspect of an empty way, your imagination must add the song of the wind and of the birds, the cheers of the people living nearby, the lights of the rising sun, the fires of the sunsets, the crossing of beautiful cities like Paris, Chartres, Tours, Bordeaux, Burgos and Leon, the happiness of getting further, the encounters, good relationship, sharing food and loughter, hospitality by volunteers, small and great events, and the lucky happenings...


which the way is preparing for you.

Another amazing video here.

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Paris Way of St James E2i After the 2nd lecture

19 Septembre 2011, 08:07am

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Movement, meditation and emotion




Photo André Weill


On June 24, 2011 at Le Perreux near Paris, France, André Weill gave a fascinating lecture. Previous post about it.


After Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and several other itineraries, André Weill walked 3365 kilometres (ca 2100 miles) between Auschwitz, Poland, and Jérusalem, Holy Land. A city which he nicknames "cauldron of hope". More than just a single and family adventure, he brings a true witness. Five months that led him to a book (not translated yet) and intense pictures of humanity.


The non gouvernmental organisation "Enjeu Initiative Insertion" who organised the lecture propose to use the Way of Saint James as a mean to help jobless and/or homeless people to find their own new way and a new start in their life.


Next lecture  :


The Romanesque Art.


André Weil's blog (in French)l : http://andreweill.fr/


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Codex Calixtinus gone away... of St James

17 Septembre 2011, 20:26pm

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Call the police !




Bad news last summer from the cathedral of Santiago : the Codex Calixtinus was declared stolen or rather not found again, between the 3rd and the 5th of July 2011.


That Codex is a group of several books. 225 hand-written pages dated 1140. A new work when you compare it with the Book of Kells (820) so prettily decorated and proudly exhibitted in Dublin...


The chapter of the Cathedral was very upset for not even noticing immediately the Book had been stolen.


For the French the Book has some kind of importance for it contains the famous Aimery Picaud guide book that describes the many ways through France (and Spain) for the pilgrims aiming to reach the Disciple's tomb. The first camino guide book ever.


Music lovers are not happy either, as it contains as far as we know the first written traces of liturgical polyphony...


Thank God copies had been made before the theft, one of them is still exhibitted at the museum. A 2 500 € issue can be purchased at the cathedral shop.


The latest news say : "En los últimos días no se ha producido ninguna novedad destacable que permita descubrir al autor o autores del hurto"


In other words they have no clue about where the Book is.  Maybe the Codex Calixtinus will be kept for decades under the bed of a naive Frenchman who had imagined it should be given back to the French museums. Another story like the one of a famous painting stolen in Paris by an Italian patriot who wanted it back to Florence... the story of Mona Lisa...


And the Way of St James from Paris and many other points


would become famous throughout the world...

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