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Arrondissement de Bayonne

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  • Day962

    D261 picnic area, River Adour, near Urt

    February 13 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Wow, another wonderful view through Martha's windscreen! The same river as yesterday, just a little further west. We've pulled into a small picnic area. The centre is a little muddy but it is surrounded by grass and there are a couple of Weeping Willows dangling their hair-like branches. An old wooden picnic bench and a fishing pier with latticed fencing feature in our view over the River Ardour. A smattering of country homes adorn the far bank.

    On the short journey to get here, we stopped off at a Carrefour to buy diesel and a few groceries. The supermarket also had 2 washing machines and a tumble drier on the edge of the car park, so we were able to tackle our overflowing laundry basket too. France is the only country we've visited where Vicky hasn't had to do any hand washing so she is very happy!

    It wasn't long after arriving that Will had the canoe down and was heading out on the water. The flow was strong but he had fun paddling around the river islands and across to explore the opposite bank. He had a great time, finishing the day off with a spot of fishing from the pier. Vicky enjoyed an afternoon reading travel blogs and booking a trial night at the little West Midlands campsite we've found online. As our tradition goes, we celebrated what would be our last night in France for a while, with a homemade pizza, garlic bread and red wine. Cheers France!
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  • Day960

    D261 layby beside River Adour, nr Guiche

    February 11 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We aren't at Pomarez (our first choice of stopover). Nor are we at Peyrehorade (our second choice). We are parked in a layby off the D261 near Guiche, with the tidal River Aude ebbing and flowing beside. The road is quiet, there are a handful of wooden picnic benches and trees on the grassy patch outside our door, the sun is shining brightly and its lovely!

    A rainy journey through farmland took us to the free aire at Pomarez. We entered the town, passing a restaurant whose walls were plastered with bull fighting murals. The 'jewel' in Pomarez's centre was a two storey, modern looking bull fighting ring, painted in fresh white paint and well cared for. It was lunch time so we stopped at the Carrefour, which had a huge photograph of a bull fight on its facia. After buying as few of the essentials as we could and grabbing a quick bite to eat, we filled and emptied Martha at the van service point and moved on. Whilst interesting to see elements of this culture, it wasn't something we wanted to support.

    More farmland took us past signs advertising kiwis and 'Ferme du Foies Gras Vente Direct' (direct farm sales of foies gras) before we arrived in Peyrehorade. No signs of bull fighting here, but apart from a van service area, no official indication of an aire either. Still, there were a couple of motorhomes in a small car park away from the main road. We settled in, looking put onto the market place accross the street, which was planted with huge old Plane trees, their thick branches swollen at the points where they'd been repeatedly amputated to conform to the desired height and reach. The sun had come out by now, so Will took his stool and sat on the bank of the Gaves Réunis river to fish. An official from Pêche Sécurité soon came along to ask him for his licence and with an absence of other fishers, stayed chatting for about half an hour. In a mixture of French (from Will) and English (from the official) they nattered about drink and travel; how the official wanted to go to Scotland because he loved whisky, how Portugal gave decent sized tasting glasses at a good price, instead of a thimblefull for a fortune in France and how French wine was so much cheaper in Spain...

    Back at the van, Vicky was receiving her own visit from an official, this time from a police officer saying that vans were banned and that we needed to leave by this evening. That's twice this has happened in the space of a month!

    Peyrehorade looked like a great little town so we regretted having to move on, but when we pulled into the serene settings of the layby, these thoughts evaporated. Dusk began to fall and we watched the colours change over the River Aude. There was a softness to the light on the smooth river surface as it ebbed, slowly approaching low tide.

    The morning's fog soon lifted, ushering in another blue sky day. We really are appreciating this winter sun! Will did a bit of work finding a suitable place for the bulky and industrial looking MPPT controller we bought to go with our solar panel. However, most of the day was spent fishing from a lowered platform on the bank of the Bidouze tributary. The ground was covered in silt and natural detritus from when floods subsided, but it was a fantastic sun trap, with Daisies, Dandelions and Speedwell blooming on the grassy bank behind. Vicky joined him for a little while and we watched as large flocks of Cranes flew overhead. One such flock contained over 100 birds, but they all made a right racket, sqwaking loudly as they circled in a seemimgly disorganised anarchy, deciding which of the flat fields to touch down and rest in. We felt really lucky to have been able to spend two days relaxing here.
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  • Day4

    Biarritz to St. Jean Pied de Port, Fr.

    April 23, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    The start of the Camino. Tomorrow is a 17 mile walk mostly up hill and down the other side of the Pyrenees into Spain. I awoke this morning in Biarritz and found some breakfast...a croissant and an espresso, typical for here it seems but it worked. I made my way into the center of town and met up with two women from Denmark who were headed to the same place, joined them and made my way here around 1pm. So, St Jean Pied de Port....an amazing town. Lots of outdoor cafe’s. I went to the Pilgrim office, got my passport validated, checked into the municipal alberge, bought a walking stick and checked out the town. I had dinner tonight with my bunk mates from the Netherlands, Italy and France....a “pilgrims meal” which is a high protein inexpensive meal that is commonly served along the way. A shower next, organize my pack and to bed. Almost 9pm here. Thank you everyone for checking in! A special thanks to Damian Brockway for all his help with cameras and technical stuff!Read more

  • Day111

    Exploring Saint Jean Pied de Port

    June 20, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    We had a rest day as we explored Saint Jean and learned some of it’s history. We climbed up to the Citadel to take in views of the town below, walked long the fortified walls, and weaved our way along the narrow streets of this medieval town. At one point we found ourselves in a shop just full of spices...bags and bags! We are in awe with how old everything is!

    It was a hot day today, getting up to a very humid 88 degrees. Tomorrow is supposed to be a tad bit cooler as we head out to begin our hike...thank goodness!

    We have already met some of the nicest people. A couple from Australia spent some time with us after they had just finished the le Puy Route through France, and a couple from Virginia is going to join us at the Pilgrims’ Mass tonight in the 13th century church, Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont. We spent some quiet time sitting in there earlier today.
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  • Day112

    Orisson

    June 21, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    We began our hike out of Saint Jean this morning and immediately began to climb steeply up a narrow road. It was very foggy as we climbed, AND SO MUGGY!! I probably could have filled my water bottle with how much sweat rolled off my face and body 😂.

    Orisson is a lovely place with gracious hosts. Bonus for us when we were given a room with just two beds, so still haven’t had to experience the bunk beds with numerous people, yet. That will be tomorrow in Roncesvalles.

    We walked a bit with some German women, and I was able to use a tiny bit of German that was somewhere tucked in the back of my brain. 😂 Then we caught up to Richard (who we met on our shuttle ride the other day). He is from California. In the common eating room there were so many people from different countries... German, Swiss, Dutch, Astonian, Italian, Russian, Brazilian, French, Canadian, and American...all with different and moving reasons for doing the Camino.

    I will try and put a video on Facebook with some footage I took today.
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  • Day110

    Finally to Saint Jean Pied de Port

    June 19, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Today, we traveled from Paris to Biarritz France where we caught a shuttle (with 6 other pilgrims) to Saint Jean. All of the other pilgrims were from the US except one from Ireland...very nice people, who I’m sure we will see again. One girl had a water bottle with the word Elma on it - haha!

    It was surreal to finally be in this town that I have read about and seen pictures/video of. It is truly real, now, that we will begin this journey. I am grateful we decided to have a rest day tomorrow so we can get caught up on sleep and recover from our jet lag. We plan on doing some exploring of the town, getting our pilgrim passports stamped, and definitely eating some sorbet down the street. The weather is warm and muggy, but very pleasant. I might not like it so much as I start hiking up the Pyrenees 😂 I will be sweat ball!!!

    I put a few pics and short video snippets from today on here, and I have a longer video I will put on Facebook. Time for some sleep...Alan is already zonked.
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  • Day9

    We venture back into France

    July 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we went for a drive east from San Sebastian into France. The border is only 20km from San Sebastian. It is still Basque country but technically in France. They were all excited about the world cup game being held today against Uruguay (which France ended up winning 2-0).

    We travelled along the coast to a town called Biarritz (Bee a ritz). It is a magnificent coastal town which was the playground of the rich and the destination of royalty during the 20th century. The beach and the promenade are magnificent. There was a walkway constructed around the rocky point and some amazing walking bridges out to promontories in the water. It is a very picturesque town and well worth a visit. There is a huge casino built right next to the beach which probably had a role in attracting rich tourists to the town over the years.Read more

  • Day4

    Biarritz

    March 12 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Endlich den Atlantic erreicht. Biarritz selber gefällt mir nicht. Zudem ist es auch schwierig einen Womo geeigneten Parkplatz zu finden. Jetzt in der Neben Saison hatten wir Glück und ein langer blaumarkierter Parkplatz wurde beim Phare de Biarritz frei. Als wir ausgestiegen sind, hat uns der Atlantic akustisch mit gewaltige Getose und dem unverwechselbaren Salzluft-Geruch empfangen. Dazu noch 21° C - wir haben schon fast wieder über die Wärme und Sonne geklagt 😉.Read more

  • Day112

    104. Etappe: St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port

    October 22, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute Morgen hieß es: Großes Frühstück mit allen Pilgern. Nach und nach starteten dann alle in kleinen Grüppchen und unterwegs sah ich so manchen Pilger wieder. Heute begleitete mich Jean-Paul bei der Etappe nach St. Jean Pied de Port. Und wir hatten keinen Nebel, sondern ein paar Wolken und zum Ende strahlenden Sonnenschein.
    Angekommen ging es zunächst ins Pilgerbüro. Dort herrschte reges Treiben - viele neue Rucksäcke standen parat, denn hier beginnt für viele Pilger deren Camino. Ich holte mir meine Infos für den Camino del Norte ab und weiß nun wie ich morgen starten werde.
    Nach einem gemeinsamen Mittagessen hieß es dann schon wieder Abschied nehmen von Jean-Paul, der seinen Zug nach Hause nahm.
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  • Day111

    103. Etappe: Endlich! Die Pyrenäen!

    October 21, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Bei dichtem Nebel gings los, wie sollte es anders sein. Da die Strecke heute etwas umgeleitet wurde, hat mich Nadine, die nette Hospitaliera, mit ihrem Hund ein Stück begleitet. Dennoch nahm ich heute mehrmals nen falschen Abzweig, so dass ich erst sehr spät im Refuge ankam und statt 22 km, satte 31 km auf der Uhr standen 🙈
    Dafür boten mir meine Umwege so manch tollen Ausblick nachdem sich der Nebel gelichtet hatte.
    Im Refuge ist es nun etwas voller, denn der zweite große französische Camino aus Le Puy kam heute mit dem Voie de Vezelay zusammen. Aber ich teile mir ein 4-Bett-Zimmer mit Jean-Paul mit eigenem Bad. Und unser heutiger Hospitalerio ist ein großer Sänger und schmetterte einen Chanson nach dem anderen beim Dinner. Gesellig klingt der Tag aus und morgen gehts nach St. Jean!
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