Julie Gianelloni Connor’s new book is Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, not the Hike. Her book garnered no. 1 status on Amazon in both the category for new books on hiking and walking and the category for Spain and Portugal. Julie also writes a blog focusing on the Camino, Camino for, which complements her book. She is the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, and international affairs. The Bayou City Press website ( carries columns on travel and Houston by Julie as well as other authors. Julie founded Bayou City Press after spending 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia, and Chile. In Washington, DC, Julie worked on a variety of areas, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to international women’s issues.

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Savoring the Camino de Santiago: Its the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike
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Synopsis"Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike" is the first book by author Julie Gianelloni Connor. The book focus on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage trail that began around 820 AD. A resurrection of interest in the Camino since the 1970s has meant that more than 300,000 individuals are nowadays undertaking the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela each year. The author made the pilgrimage in 2016 via the French route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in...