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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 20:17

Year 2000

Here are comments from Summer 2000

Everything was handled so efficiently and smoothly throughout the length of the tour. Nancy and Jose work together and complement each other in all ways. So many positive memories come to the surface as I look back on that experience. Most memorable are the hikes themselves, the picnic lunches and evening dinners and the knowledge shared along the way.
There were hikes in meadows winding around lakes and climbing hillsides where the tinkling of cowbells and the splashes of wildflower colors are vivid memories. There was a hike through the Cares River gorge, a spectacular natural wonder stretching seven miles long with towering peaks above and a deep riverbed below. The much anticipated event of the day was the picnic lunch which Jose backpacked in for us and carefully presented while awaiting ou arrival.

There were always many varieties of delicacies including local cheeses, breads, green and black olives, petite corn cobs, white asparagus spears, carrots, tomatoes, etc. All the accommodations were very comfortable and well chosen for introducing us to inns in both the rural settings and larger towns with the Picos region.
In every way Nancy and Jose proved themselves to be expert guides and tour planners. Mostly their love of what they are doing shines through and makes for a most personable and delightful experience. I had a wonderful time.
Jane and Charles F., Sacramento, California

Bridge of Camino de Santiago"Nancy & Jose. It has been a real pleasure to enjoy this very planned and carefully thought out adventure. You are a delightful couple, and your enthusiasm was much appreciated. It goes without saying that Jose`s picnic spots and menu were delightful. Your prompt responses to email and keeping me updated in preparation of this trip were exemplary.
Nancy, your knowledge of Galicia is more than what I would expect a Galician to have. I enjoyed all meals, bar none. Starting and ending the tour in this fantastic hotel [5-star Reyes Catolicos in Santiago de Compostela] is a great idea.
Your tour is the BEST and I wish you great success in your future endeavors....I think your set up is so far above all other 'commercial' tours that the best thing you can do, is, not to change much. Hope to join you on one of your future trips."
Kal S., Huntington Beach, CA

"An awesome experience in the real meaning of the word....You`ve opened a big door. Superb!...Excellent organization. Very well planned and balanced....Have re-read your book and enjoyed so much knowing the places mentioned; this time, too, could feel with the pilgrims as they described their expectations and discoveries."
Jennie H., Florence, AL

"Nancy & Jose could not have been more knowledgable or better prepared. The organization and pace of the schedule were outstanding...The operation was smooth but extremely flexible...The picnics were one of the highlights of the day. We appreciated our exposure to a variety of regional foods and the kind attention to our likes and dislikes. We loved the restaurants that you selected and would recommend every place that you chose. It was obvious that you took great care to expose us to many regional foods in different settings...This 'Camino' experience was one that we`ll never forget. The knowledge, kind attention, warmth, good humor and sensitivity of our guides will long be remembered. Our group was so compatible that we hate to see it end...Thanks for creating a fabulous memory! What a rewarding experience. p.s. will highly recommend the trip to our friends!!"
Jean S. and Dianne S., Charlotte, North Carolina

"I find it remarkable how individuals can bond in such a short time!....The two of you add a special something that made the trip truly unique and memorable. I so appreciated your dedication to my total satisfaction. Thank you for being who you are."
Bernie S., New York City, NY

Cathedral of Camino de Santiago"Thanks again so much for everything. I`ve decided that the one-word description of the trip is 'magical'....Your knowledge was absolutely excellent. I can`t imagine traveling with people more knowledgeable about an area, or more willing and able to share their knowledge....Organization was perfect....Part of the perfection is a measure of flexibility that allows small changes to be made easily in the face of unexpected circumstances....The meals were wonderful.
The food was invariably delicious and representative of local cuisine....Every restaurant provided new information about local culture and local dishes. I`m going to try and learn to cook Spanish food at home!....I can`t imagine how the tour could have been better, and I feel lucky to have participated in it. Every detail reflected thoughtful advance planning, and I felt your concern about us having a good time, and seeing what we wanted to see, during virtually every hour that passed, but always in a pleasant, low key fashion. Thanks to you both."
Karen P., Sacramento, CA

"The walking was great; each section so different it`s hard to pick a favorite. Loved the uphill climb, meseta, wildflowers, greenery in Navarre and Galicia. Walk into Estella beautiful!... I felt like I was with the experts! It far surpassed my expectations... The organization could not have been better. Well paced for all levels....Can`t wait to come back. Hope to count you both as friends."
Catherine H., Atlanta, GA

"Your information to me was superb!....Jose & Nancy, both of you complimented each other so, so well. Because of you, I know more about the history, the geology, the flora and the 'cows'. The church history and the legends about Santiago were inspiring for the non-religious me....Your organizational skills are outstanding. If I were the CEO of a corporation, I would try to hire you, both, immediately! The timing of everything was great. You gave us space when we needed it....Great food; the variety of breads and cheeses with the regular fare of tomatoes, baby corn, varieties of olives and peppers was perfect....I never have experienced such individual attention on any trip. The totality of the journey - and that includes the wonderment of Galicia, the interpersonal relationships among all included, the physical exerting, the eating, savoring, drinking of such special wines - exceeded my expectations in every way!"
Tony P., Boston, MA

"One of the best trips I`ve ever taken (that`s not an exaggeration!). You were both fabulous - your knowledge, enthusiasm, and attention to detail resulted in a very special experience. Best wishes for much continued success!"
Vivian R., New York City, NY

Camino de Santiago coast"You have spoiled us! It will be hard to find a tour experience like this again (except with you!).

Your (both of you) commitment to quality - enhancing every facet, being patient with us, introducing us to such exceptional places - was great and we are both quite conscious of it....Thank you both for a great experience."
Bernie and I think and talk often about our Galician adventure. When we tell our friends about it (as much as they can stand!) we run out of superlatives.
As you know, we took a bunch of pictures--a few are good and we`re still enjoy looking through them.
We so appreciated your efforts--from the larger scheme of the trip to the smaller details!...Please keep us posted on interesting developments!"
Shelley M., New York City, NY

"I`m extremely impressed with your experience, your website and the sights/subjects of your tour. I was even more impressed when I compared your prices to other similar European tours and found yours to be very reasonable. Your website is excellent, very easy to find through several good links, and very professional. I also thank you for your immediate reply to my inquiries and your kind words!"
Hema A.

After returning from her trip to Galicia, a participant wrote the following letter about her journey and sent it to her family and friends.

"On Foot In Spain. www.onfootinspain.com. We saw the ad in the New York Sunday Times, logged on and signed on all in one day - propelled by some unbridled impulse that said DO IT! -Nine days in a foreign land. -A bit of history. -Good eating. -Good exercise. -Sounded ... good. Little did we know we were about to step into another arena in space and time and pleasure.

Unspoiled. Pastoral. Breathtakingly beautiful. Isolated from the rest of Spain by ocean, rivers and mountains, Galicia is a world into itself. Even its language, Gallego, sets it apart. Testimonials to its impressive history are evident throughout the region, from the ruins of circular settlements called castros dating to the 6th century BC and still functioning Roman churches, to the perpetual portrayals of its beloved St. James, whose remains were alleged to have been discovered in the 9th century at the site that became Santiago de Compostela. Medieval dwellings are still inhabited. Cowherds continue to pursue their flocks with stick-in-hand. Fishermen carry on traditions set by their great, great grandfathers. Women scrub clothes at washing wells and bake bread in centuries old communal ovens. We watched roofs being thatched and girls being taught how to make bobbin-lace. -And we listened to the favorite musical instrument of the area, dating back to invasions by the Celts, the bagpipe.

Camino de Santiago TourOn Foot In Spain is the brainchild of a couple who share in common a passion for Northern Spain. Jose, a lawyer turned teacher / writer / carpenter / tour guide is a native of Santiago de Compostela. Nancy is a cultural anthropologist from California who has spent the past eight years studying, writing and lecturing on Galicia and El Camino. Their combined knowledge of the area`s history, geography, anthropology, culture, architecture, art, flora, fauna, food, wine, music and folklore is boundless. Avid hikers, they have combed the countryside`s trails, recording detailed descriptions in the Lonely Planet`s Walking In Spain. Their tour objective is to encompass the best of the above.

This was our first tour, but I would imagine in any group that is bound together through travel, one`s level of enjoyment is as contingent upon interpersonal dynamics as it is upon sites beheld. From the first meeting, the synergy among us was up-beat, smooth and amiable - with an immediate sense of camaraderie. Not one to sleep on airplanes, I crossed the Atlantic reading Nancy`s Pilgrim Stories: On and Off the Road to Santiago, intrigued that her published dissertation concerned pilgrimage, a topic that has held my interest for years. From the personal content in her book to her easy and informative rapport in the planning of our trip, it was not surprising that Tony`s most consistent adjective for Nancy was "sparkles". Without exaggeration, she and Jose are a physically beautiful couple, charged with enthusiasm, and organized to a T. Breakfasts concluded with map handouts - to be followed throughout the day by commentary on all aspects of interest. We traveled comfortably in a blue mini van in which, among all else there was a library of books of the region!

Their policy of BEST meant our lodgings (all with private bath) stretched from the exquisite five star Hotel Reyes Catolicos in Santiago and a lighthouse in Finisterre, to the slate-roofed Casa Carlos in a tiny mountain hamlet called Vilamor. All meals were provided, with emphasis on traditional fare. At this point I am about to run the risk of overdoing my superlatives, but the food truly was among the highlights of the trip. -Fresh. -Simply prepared. -Extraordinarily tasty. -Always accompanied by home-made wines. We ate what the local people eat ... and the local people in Galicia enjoy what must be some of the finest eating in the world. Dinners by the sea consisted of seafood salad appetizers followed by the catch of the day (grilled, fried, or as a caldeirada casserole) plus a selection of octopus (pulpo - the specialty of Galicia), squid, shellfish, fresh vegetables and potatoes. All were commonly served with refrito, an olive oil, garlic and paprika sauce. Mountain dinners began with Caldo Galego (soup), then Spanish tortillas (omelets of eggs, potatoes and onion), grilled or stewed beef, pork, chicken or lamb, green salads and French fries. Flan or Pastel Santiago (an almond cake) concluded every meal ... when there was room. -And then, the lunches! -In a minute.

First, the foot portion of On Foot In Spain! The days. The hikes. The point, in essence, of the journey. "Medium" level difficulty, said the www site: "Six to twelve miles a day on rolling hills and mixed trails with an occasional steep ascent". Tony goes on extended hiking trips every year with his buddies. He was tested. I was not. For all of our daily walking, I knew better than to ponder my hiking aptitude to any extent for fear of talking myself out of the trip. I admit, however, to sometimes amusing, sometimes horrific visions of myself gasping for breath, toiling behind in sweaty despair. Our first hike was one of the most difficult, the ascent of A Moa in the seaside mountain range called the Celtic Olympus. -And it was wonderful, with lush vegetation giving way to mountain meadows, rock formations, the sighting of wild horses - all in cool mist. -Not to mention the first of Jose`s lunches! To our light day-packs, Jose`s burden was gravity defying. Every day he produced a fresh loaf of pan (hogaza bread), a local cheese (Tetilla, Arzua, San Simon and Cabreiro - my favorite) and an assortment of olives (such as salmon filled), roasted red peppers, jamon serrano (lean ham), green or white asparagus, fresh tomatoes, ajeta (pickled garlic sprouts), baby corn, tuna or cod empanadas, pate a la pimienta, pate a la jamon, a variety of chorizos (Fuet, Salchichon, Iberico) and replenishment for our water bottles. All of this he carried with ease, racing on ahead so that our arrival at the lunch spot would be greeted by a magnificent spread!

Yes, happily, I could do it. -The hiking that is. The most difficult part of every day was the first half hour of incline as my lungs adjusted to the increased demand for oxygen. The feeling of competence that ensued, however, is beyond description. It bears mentioning with admiration that Karen Patterson soared at Jose`s heels for most of the trip!

Walking in SpainThe following three days were one extended walk along the Costa da Morte, returning each morning to where we had left off. The lone sandy beach deceptively featured on summertime travel posters is a reality here. -Beach after glorious beach. We hiked for miles along seaside trails with one outstanding view after the next, almost never encountering another individual. Consistent througout the trip, Nancy would periodically pause to point to a particular indigenous flower or a rock that looked like a bear, or she would describe the "Death Coast`s" heart wrenching history and tell stories about the light houses and fishing villages along the way. In the afternoons and evenings we visited monastic ruins, local museums and lace makers, and watched the fishing boats return to port, overflowing with their catch.

Our day of transition to the mountains started with the third leg of the coastal hike. En route to Piornedo we toured the 'medieval' river port of Betanzos and then walked the circumference of the fortified city of Lugo on its second century Roman wall. If the seaside fishing villages had been isolated, the mountain pueblos were back-of-beyond, accessed only by a narrow, winding single-laned road with steep drop-offs. One could not help but equate this near impenetrable land of tiny hamlets to a Spanish Brigadoon, complete with the violet hue of heather blossoming on the hillsides! Upon one turn in the road Jose pointed to the highest point in the Serra Dos Ancares, O Mostallar, the 6437' peak that we were scheduled to ascend the following day. Gasp!

It too, perhaps it most of all, turned out to be a personal high in every meaning of the word. Before the trip was to end we would drive to another mountain range, the Serra do Courel, climb a mountain devesa, a "type of forest unique to Spain with more than 1000 species (both flora and fauna)", and drink from its side-by-side lime and iron based springs famed for their healing qualities (Fonte Do Cervo). The final day began by following the Rio Lor (by foot) from hamlet to hamlet along nine miles of ancient trails, and concluded with Santiago`s most elegant restaurant back at the Hotel Reyes Catolicos.

Over dinner every night Nancy would ask each of us our highlights of the day. I now ask myself, the highlights of the trip? Hard.

The affinity of the group. We traveled as one body. There was no discord nor imbalance. The guides, Nancy and Jose, were superb. Our times of exchange were often profound. Moments within our own thoughts were respected.
Quite simply, the glory of Galicia! It is impossible to distinguish a spot or an occasion as better than the rest. My two most memorable sites while hiking were the descent over meadows, cliffs and dunes to the spectacular Traba Beach, and the panoramic ridge walk on Pico de Lagos in the Ancares Range.
The fact that nine days away felt like nine weeks! We returned recharged and enriched - our outlook on life broadened."
Channing T., Boston, MA

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Camino de Santiago

Best vacation of his life!

This is not a tour, but a life changing experience. I have to tell you that on the way home, Terry said this trip was the "best vacation of his life". He may have mentioned it at our farewell dinner as well, but I wanted to make sure that you knew it.

One day, I hope to put my thoughts and feelings about the Camino into words. In the meantime, just know that you are awesome, your family is awesome and you have given so much of yourselves to all of us as we explored a unique and treasured bit of world history and current pop fascination across Northern Spain.

How lucky are we! Nancy, you are a wonder. You have made this trip unforgettable! You are bright, articulate, organized, helpful and just an overall pleasure to be with.”

This is not a tour, but a life changing experience. You made me realize that I could challenge myself physically more than I ever had. Loved the fellow pilgrims, the food, the history, the culture, sites and your lovely family. What a gift! Thank you so much.
Mary & Terry Schuler, Pasadena, California, June 2011 Camino

 

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Years 2009, 2010 & 2011


Best vacation of his life

This is not a tour, but a life changing experience.

I have to tell you that on the way home, Terry said this trip was the "best vacation of his life". He may have mentioned it at our farewell dinner as well, but I wanted to make sure that you knew it. One day, I hope to put my thoughts and feelings about the Camino into words. In the meantime, just know that you are awesome, your family is awesome and you have given so much of yourselves to all of us as we explored a unique and treasured bit of world history and current pop fascination across Northern Spain. How lucky are we! Nancy, you are a wonder. You have made this trip unforgettable! You are bright, articulate, organized, helpful and just an overall pleasure to be with.

This is not a tour, but a life changing experience. You made me realize that I could challenge myself physically more than I ever had. Loved the fellow pilgrims, the food, the history, the culture, sites and your lovely family. What a gift! Thank you so much.

Mary & Terry, Pasadena, California, June 2011 Camino


Nancy makes the stones talk. Jose’s picnics – all brilliant.

Nancy excelled herself with her enthusiasm, warm and friendly manner. She makes the stones talk. All of Jose’s picnics were brilliant. Where is he to prepare them for us in NZ? It was all a marvelous experience and made very special by Nancy, Jose and Sam. You all played an important part in imparting your knowledge to us and enabling the whole group to become very united. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to treasure such a memorable and special walk. Buen Camino.

Pat & Don, Wellington, New Zealand, June 2011 Camino


Awesome is inadequate…

Awesome is inadequate to describe the love, passion, care and thoughtful planning the two of you have embodied in our wonderful journey.

Irene, June 3-13, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Admiring the views…once in a lifetime experience
You should be very proud of your work.

Thank you again for a truly memorable journey on the Camino de Santiago. Your tour is aptly named and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You should be very proud of your work. I cannot speak more highly of the both of you and the care you gave us.

Blessings to you both. May you continue in good health to share the glories of the Camino with other fortunate pilgrims who choose to follow you on foot in Spain!

Ultreya!

Paula, 30 Sept - 10 Oct, 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Jose and Nancypedia…. You are my personal miracle.

Jose and Nancypedia! 12 centuries in 12 days! You made it happen. Thank you so much for enabling us and sharing your knowledge with us. You made our journey a sensory delight. You are my personal miracle.

Fran, June 3-13, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada


All hands united - B. SpillerI treasured meeting each and every person on the trip.

I still have not gotten off my high after our wonderful trip. All I can say is that there is a powerful reason for your being led into the path of taking people on this
journey.

I cannot tell you how much I loved the whole experience. As I said, I
wish I could keep on walking. I treasured meeting each and every person on the trip.

The big highlight was meeting you and Jose. You are such a wonderful couple and you bring so much care and enthusiasm to the work you do. Aside from all that, the fact that we are Kappa sisters made it all really special. Congratulations on a job and life mission well done.

Elena, Sept 29 - Oct 9, 2009
Westport, Connecticut, USA


….the wonderful memories will be with us forever.

The Camino may be over, but the wonderful memories will be with us forever. I am at a loss for words to say how much I enjoyed the company of you Nancy & you Jose.

Stanley, June 3-13, 2009
Huntingdon Cambs, UK

Thank you for providing the perfect launching point for "exploring, dreaming, and discovering."
Exploring and discovering
Tony and I have been trying to practice what Mark Twain preached in that quote on your site: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." I have learned to plunge into new endeavors and new experiences with vigor. I will always think of our On Foot in Spain pilgrimage as the first step in that direction of doing unusual and exciting things with our lives while we are still able! The memories from that enriching and beautiful week will never fade. Thank you, again, for providing the perfect launching point for "exploring, dreaming, and discovering."

Best to you and your family and don't be surprised if we show up again on one of your "walks" one of these days.

Kay
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


…the lessons learned while walking have blessed my journey

Congratulations on 10 years of introducing all of us to such an amazing corner of the world....I cannot tell you how often the lessons learned while walking have blessed my journey....I happily anticipate another walk in the not too distant future…

Cathy, October 2007
Calgary, Canada


Your introduction to the Camino was a transformational event.

Thank you, thank you!! Your introduction to the Camino for me was a transformational event. My return the following year for the walk from St. Jean to Finisterre, via Santiago and Muxia was extraordinary. I'm still mining it for learning, writing, visions, and discoveries.

Susan
Seattle, Washington, USA


COMPOSTELA TOUR


Group shot - June 2011…your openness and remarkable capacity to interact with a highly diverse group of travelers

…expertise, energy, patience, and great sense of humor that contributed so much to an unforgettable experience.

The planning and implementation of the tour could not have been more exact and competent. But both of you were able to transform a very good tour into an extraordinary experience. Anthropologists and art historians, I contend, must know everything and, certainly, Nancy, your introduction to us of the history, folklore, art and architecture, food, music, topography, and literature provided all us with an enviable introduction to a road that countless others have traversed without the same cultural stimulation. Further, you took care of us, assuring that we did not stray from the route, that all accommodations were satisfactory, and that none of us became lost or discouraged. This speaks to your openness and remarkable capacity to interact with a highly diverse group of travelers. In fact, you encouraged interaction, and I was delighted to share experiences with my fellow pilgrims. As I mentioned the last evening, the challenges of the walk divested us of identifications, thereby enabling us to appreciate the valuable qualities and diversities of others. You deserve our gratitude and congratulations on instilling us with such an exhilarating experience. Nancy and Jose, thank you very much for your expertise, energy, patience, and great sense of humor that contributed so much to an unforgettable experience.

Don, May 21-27, 2010
Muncie, Indiana, USA


…truly a shared journey

I cannot thank you enough for giving each of us (but especially me), such personalized service/attention and kindness. The Camino is about a shared journey and you and Jose shared your strong attachment to the region and the Camino with us making it a much richer experience. I have never been on a tour before, but suspect that they are pure business-like enterprises. This was much more intimate and was truly a shared journey not simply among ourselves but with natives who choose to share their thoughts and themselves with us. I leave feeling a sense of friendship from 7 short days. I truly cannot imagine doing this journey any other way. Thank you!

Claudia, May 21-27, 2010
Washington, DC, USA


…. the magical journey to Santiago ….continues to feed not only my spirit, but my soul.

The onset of the holiday season, specifically Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, seemed an appropriate time to once again say thank you to you both for the magical journey to Santiago on which you led our group last month.

I am in many ways still under the effect of those charmed days spent walking, talking, listening and learning from you. I unexpectedly still feel very zen-like and serene, something that rarely lasts more than a day or two after returning from a vacation. But the reminiscence of walking w/you through the history, culture, tradition and geography of not only Spain, but Galicia and the mystery of Santiago, continues to feed not only my spirit, but my soul.

Thank you, thank you.

Christina, October 22-28, 2009
Washington, DC, USA


Walking the camino
Wonderful for the heart, wonderful for the mind, wonderful for the stomach.
I like the way Nancy treats the people in the groups

Thank you for a wonderful trip – wonderful for the heart, wonderful for the mind, wonderful for the stomach.

I wouldn’t want to recommend any other guides because of the wealth of knowledge the both of you have – about the Camino/different regions/architecture/culture.

From observation, I like the way Nancy treats the people in the groups – you know when to be personal, when to be professional & you try your best to spend equal time talking to all in the group. Personally, I call that a balancing act.

Juliana, May 21-27, 2010 (2nd time traveler)
Wanganui, New Zealand


I am just so very thankful that I did the Camino with you and Jose.

You asked for evaluation comments. And, while I usually get 'that look' from my husband when I more often than not offer my ideas on how something 'should have been done,' I can honestly say I offer NO suggestions for change in how you organize and manage this 7-day Camino adventure. Everything worked great for me, and I am just so very thankful that I did the Camino with you and Jose. And, the Camino IS still with me, and I, too, hope it does stay with me.

Thank you again for all you and Jose did and continue to do for us pilgrims. I thoroughly enjoyed our little group of 6. And, although I began the Camino as sort of a 'tag-a-long' person …. I loved the experience...every step of it.

Nancy, October 22-28, 2009
Athens, Georgia, USA


Thank you for teaching me how to be simple and enjoying my life in an easy way.

I still remember all the days that we spent together (almost every day!!!!). I am in love with walking now…cause I spent that time thinking about me and the important things in my life. Thank you for teaching me how to be simple and enjoying my life in an easy way. I will never forget that!....You guys are amazing!!!

Alessandra, July 23-29, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia, USA/Sao Paolo, Brazil


Could any other trip offer more? No way!

This was the perfect trip. It included everything that I find important. Besides wonderful planning that translated into all of the excellent food, lodgings and cultural exposure and education, I also challenged myself physically and allowed myself to grow a little spiritually. Could any other trip offer more? No way!

Allison, May 21-27, 2010
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA


The smoothness of the operation – appears seamless.

I really, really looked forward to this trip. It was all that I had hoped for and more….Nancy was full of interesting and amazing facts and anecdotes. Wonderful! The smoothness of the operation – appears seamless. On the first trip, I was a little more pre-occupied…This time, I was more relaxed listened more, saw more, felt the Camino more. The sense of contentment and whole I experienced in O Cebreiro is precious and unique.

Shani, May 21-27, 2010 (2nd time traveler)
Wanangui, New Zealand


The treasures that Jose found for lunchWe have … been dreaming about when we can travel with you again.
It was a joy to see what treasures Jose had found for our lunch.

Mary and I keep talking to each other about how wonderful our Compostela trip was in October. It is hard to explain to those who were not with us, what it truly means to us. When we talk about the daily walking, they want to know how far we went and the kind of terrain. We have found it impossible to explain the feel of the morning air, the rhythm of walking, the vistas of the fields, or the fog, or the town and hamlets. We have tried to describe the great sense of accomplishment in climbing up to O Cebrero, how good dinner tasted that night, how we watched the queimada, and how comfortable the beds were, etc. Each day brought its own changes and different feelings. Most often it was a sense of gratitude for the ability to be there. During our single day of rain, I remember what a joy it was to walk with the rain on my face, and then how good it felt to put my hood up. We knew we were doing okay on the trail when we saw Jose on his bicycle riding our way. It was a joy to see what treasures Jose had found for our lunch.

I turned 65 in Madrid just before the trip started and now I am rapidly approaching retirement from my job. You helped me experience the Camino and this trip will stay with me for a very long time. I thank you most heartily.

We have lately been dreaming about when we can travel with you again. While we have not determined when that will be, we know that we will do it again.

Mark,  October 2010
Vienna, VA, USA

CAMINO IN PORTUGAL


….the perfect antidote…

Once again, it was a wonderful tour. Thank you to you and Jose for indeed providing the perfect antidote .....

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. As always you did a great job of integrating the walking, the eating, the learning and the conversation, all in the context of the lovely and fascinating places we visited. I just wish it were longer!

It was lovely to cross paths and journey together again. I suspect that it won't be the last time.

Susanne, June 21-27, 2009 (2nd time traveler with On Foot in Spain)
Malvern, Victoria, Australia


…it seemed we had known all the people all our lives!

The experience was fantastic: right combination of walking, guided tours, excellent picnics!!!, free time, etc. In our case it was very relaxing and the company of Nancy, Jose, Marina and the group was exceptional. At the end of the tour it seemed we had known all the people all our lives!

Philip, June 22-28, 2010
Malta


Moments that I will cherish forever.
….all the picnics were spectacular.


Treasuring the momentsIt was an honor and pleasure to be on your tour. The walk to Ponte de Lima, through the lush, hydrangea-filled countryside was magnificent. Walking that day through a pine and eucalyptus forest with the sound of music out of the blue, from some church out of sight, was almost surreal. I’ll never forget the amazing and gigantic sycamore trees framing our path into Ponte de Lima.

My favorite picnic was in the churchyard in Carracedo for the setting but all the picnics were spectacular. I am trying to recreate the salads Jose prepared with the straightforward ingredients. You need to publish Salads of the Camino. You’d sell millions.

The trip materials were fantastic – really first-rate. Precision marked both preparation materials and execution of the trip, but I never felt ‘pushed’. There are too many things that come to mind. Moments that I will cherish forever.

Thank you all so much for everything. I loved the trip.

Kristin, June 22-28, 2010
Colorado, USA


Another superb Camino experience


Thank you both for another superb Camino experience. We loved everything you planned and effected for us. And we hope to walk with you again. We also especially enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers (pilgrims??).

Mary Daley, June 21-27, 2009 (2nd time traveler with On Foot in Spain)
Malvern, Victoria, Australia


I really enjoyed learning why things happened….
We sincerely hope our paths will cross many times in the future.


Admiring the ViewsThank you for the wonderful trip. I had a great time; quite apart from being shown some wonderful scenery and historic settings I really enjoyed learning why things happened and how they contributed to the culture of the region. The spontaneity, both large and small, during the trip was refreshing – something I suspect was engendered by the easy going atmosphere of the group and the fact you and Jose already had an inkling of our personalities.

As always the picnic food was terrific and the aperitifs a nice surprise.

We sincerely hope our paths will cross many times in the future.

Roger, June 21-27, 2009 (second time traveler with On Foot in Spain)
Malvern, Victoria, Australia


We will recommend your tour to all our friends.


We have Charles to thank for recommending your tours and we had a great time! We will recommend your tour to all our friends.

Karen, June 22-28, 2010
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA


It was a non-plus-ultra, intercultural mediation….

We would like to express our deepest thanks to you for guiding us in every sense during those three days. It was a non-plus-ultra, intercultural mediation and we appreciated it very much.

Giuli Liebman, Nov 18-21, 2009 Private Galicia/Camino Tour
Università Roma Tre

To Nancy Frey. The Best Guide Ever! Thanks for the Most Amazing trip/adventure. I couldn't have imagined or hoped for a more fun, experienced or better guide!! I'll be back.

Anne, 10-13 May 2009 Private Galicia/Camino Tour
Westport, Connecticut, USA

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Year 2012

 
Thank you for making my dreams come true.

Thank you for making my dreams come true. I’ve wanted to walk the Camino for what seems like forever. And when I found the onfootinspain website describing the Compostela tour, I thought this is the tour for me. And it was perfect. It was a wonderful journey. What’s not to like?....having an experienced pilgrim (Nancy) who is a wonderful storyteller with expert knowledge of the Camino’s history as well as the region’s history, art, culture and food. And those delicious picnic lunches and wonderful hotel accommodations all made possibly by Nancy, Jose and Marina. You are prendas (old Spanish word for precious treasures).
Maria, Chicago, Illinois, USA,  June 2012 Compostela
Nancy, Jose and Richard Stanley Oct 2009
Is Jose available for catering?

Especially enjoyed Jose and Nancy’s warmth and friendliness to all us ‘pilgrims’.  They accepted our uniqueness and were certainly concerned for our safety and comforts. Your handling of the group dynamics was just as a concerned leader should be. Wow! Is Jose available for catering? Definitely a highlight of the day ‘Learning about the local cuisine.”
Judy and Jim, Nova Scotia, CANADA,  Oct 2012 Compostela

Brilliant

Brilliant – I couldn’t believe how lucky I was in choosing On Foot in Spain. Debra keeps giving me kudos for finding you!
Brenda, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA,  September 2011 Camino de Santiago

You took time to single each of us out…

I have such great respect for you and Jose professionally – well planned and coordinated. Everything about the trip was all one could hope for. Your historical and cultural presentations exuded a knowledge and a love for Spanish culture and history. Your ability to smile even under the pressure of a ‘lost’ pilgrim made us all know that you genuinely loved us and loved what you were doing. You took time to single each of us out, to draw us out in conversation. No wonder the spirit of the group was so positive. Jose’s picnics and generous spirit and helpfulness also demonstrated the commitment of both of you to your vocation (notice I did not say job).
Tom, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA,  Oct 2012 Compostela

Ability to manage a variety of personalities….

I have been reminiscing about what was one of the nicest experiences I have ever had traveling…There were many different aspects that when put together culminated in a wonderful experience. These include: the sensitive guide and husband team, the outstanding knowledge of Nancy and local knowledge of Nancy and Jose, the organization which resulted in group having to make NO decisions, the professional approach of N & J, great food, excellent balance between time spent walking, eating, leisure time, ability of N & J to manage a variety of personalities in the group and keep everyone happy, standard of walks, beauty of Spain, fascinating history of the Camino and more….
Anna Jane, Sydney, AUSTRALIA,  September 2012 Camino de Santiago

One of the highlights of my 60 years of life!
I think about the Camino experience very often, always with incredible joy. For an experience of only 7 days, it certainly was indelible and one of the highlights of my 60 years of life! I hope to walk more of it in the future – with On Foot in Spain  - if possible. My Compostela and scallop shell still hold a place of honor on my living room shelf.
Jill, Washington DC, USA, May 2012 Compostela
All hands united - B. Spiller
Another absolutely amazing trip…there was really something magical…
Thank you for another absolutely amazing trip! This was honestly the best vacation I have ever had: it was a great mix of city and country; had a wonderful variety of landscapes to the hikes; and the group was so fun. The food was wonderful, especially all the great salads that Jose made. You put so much effort into making the trip go off without a hitch – I really don’t know how you do it! There was really something magical about the trip. From the food to the people to the land, it was just perfect. Thank you and I can’t wait to join you for another!
Jessica, Carbondale Colorado, USA, July 2012 Basque Country

You have a special gift…

You have a special gift that brings people from all over the world to walk together in harmony while simultaneously fostering the individual perception of the Camino.

I think of our experience as "community on foot." Your graciousness, careful planning and preparation, timing & flexibility and extensive knowledge made the trip outstanding and allowed all of us to be together in a mysteriously beautiful way. I really miss everybody.

M. Voorhies, Portland, Oregon, USA, May 2012 Camino de Santiago


you made (it) happen with a bit of magic weaving…

I'm feeling very nostalgic for yellow arrows, warmth, wild flowers, space and wonderful scenery, soaring and magnificent cathedrals, so many stories, history lessons, music, our songs, no decisions, Jose's lunches, Sam's funniness and cuteness, long walks, great company and so much more...... We have been so privileged, I do appreciate it all, and you made all that happen with a bit of magic weaving, .... you gave us all a lot more than most holiday companies would, so thank you so much for making my holiday so special and memorable.

O. Bovill, Suffolk, UK, May 2012 Camino de Santiago


I am still savoring…


I am still savoring all the experiences and delights of walking the Camino with you. For as long as I have memory I will recall and retaste the many lovely and profound moments of our journey. You are an angel.

Ann and her stoneB. Spiller, Santa Monica, Calif., USA June - July 2012 Compostela


these trips [are] such life-affirming experiences
Nancy and Jose, we owe you a special thanks for all of the behind the scenes work that goes into making these trips such life-affirming experiences and for sharing with all of us your special passions and your family. Sam was a joy to be with.

MB Davis, Vienna, Virginia, May 2012 Camino de Santiago


you engendered a love of place and being…


We said last night that our time on the Camino with you was the best holiday we'd ever had …… you engendered a love of place and being that I haven't felt for such a sustained period anywhere or at any time in my life!! We were all caught up in it and so I fervently hope the bond will draw us back together again some other time and place....

J. Clutterbuck, North Yorkshire, UK, May 2012 Camino de Santiago

Lesley in Piornedo July 2011
You truly have a gift for what you and your husband do…
You truly have a gift for what you and your husband do…. You made the trip the best with allowing us to get to know ourselves, individuals and the group. You gave us space and yet knew when to come in for a talk, or encouragement or just to experience with us…. Good teamwork. Miss his lunches!!! They just aren't the same here…. Thank you for everything you and your family did to make it a most memorable trip.

B. Cak, Crown Point, Indiana, USA, Compostela June – July 2012


the best [tour] ever

5 [of 5] is not high enough. We have been on other tours and this is the best one ever. We hope we can join you for other tours.

A Kithrades and Y. Sinanoglou, Wilton, CT, USA, May 2012 Camino de Santiago


picnic lunches were so exciting with new discoveries each day

Thanks for a wonderful time on the Camino. Your planning was meticulous, yet flexible...The structure of the whole journey was excellent with plenty of time for each of us to be alone or with whomsoever we chose.
The walks that you selected were clearly representative of the whole trail, as we saw in the movie “The Way” which we saw recently. It brought back great memories – the cut out metal statues near the windmills, the villages, and “our” Romanesque church.
The length and timing of the walks was excellent ...
The picnic lunches were so exciting with new discoveries each day, including the alliterate salad. The accommodation and evening meals were top rate and we very much enjoyed our last nights in the Parador.

G & S Paul, Chatswood West, NSW, Australia, Camino May 2012

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