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  • Day4

    Biarritz to St. Jean Pied de Port, Fr.

    April 23, 2018 in France ⋅

    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 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


    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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  • Day1


    May 4, 2018 in France ⋅

    Wake up late -> take a nap -> go out for a beer and walk around

    Trying to get in the new mindset of having no schedule and no obligations, but it’s not that easy! We are formatted to be busy and productive. We’ll need a few more beers to get there :)

  • 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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  • Day669

    Touvre aire

    April 26, 2018 in France ⋅

    The morning was taken up with driving on a mixture of country roads and motorways. Thankfully there were a lot fewer roundabouts than yesterday! We stopped in a town centre car park with van services but were disappointed to find that none of the bays was big enough for us to park in. We didn't feel comfortable settling in for the night whilst taking up 4 spaces and the fact there was nowhere for Poppy to easily go to the toilet made up our minds to move on after lunch. Will picked up a baguette and a couple of cream tarts from a nearby boulangerie (delicious but so much more expensive than in Spain) and after we'd lunched, we set off towards Touvre aire, 20km away.

    To our delight it turned out to be a beautiful 6 place, dedicated, edge of town aire with large gravel bays divided by hedges or grass. Being France, we had no qualms about getting out the table, chairs, awning and drying. Sitting with Poppy in the intermittent but warm sunshine while Will played guitar and Vicky blogged, made for a very enjoyable afternoon!
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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

  • Day668

    Joué, France

    April 25, 2018 in France ⋅

    Many of the posts over the coming week will be brief as we'll be focussed on getting to Calais as opposed to exploring France; that'll have to wait until June 2019!

    We spent a long time driving today, despite the distance being under 200km. We topped up the tank with diesel (its a lot cheaper in Spain than in France) and soon crossed the border. When we entered France the roads suddenly became a lot busier and there was roundabout, after roundabout, after roundabout. We passed our new friends Sandie and Rosie parked in a layby, beeping our horn enthusiastically, then passed them once again in the opposite direction when we were forced to turn around, after the traffic had come to a standstill. We never did find out why. We are being cheap and avoiding the tolls, so a steep and narrow winding road was our alternative route. It was stressfull trying to squeeze past other cars when the tarmac wasn't wide enough for both of us.

    Driving through the Villes and Villages Fleuris, we began the roundabout obstacle course once again, working out that we'd covered a measly 20miles over the course of an hour. We were both glad we could share the driving, but after a quick shop in Lidl and lunch in their car park, things got a bit easier, with wider, faster roads and fewer roundabouts.

    Our stop for the night was in Joué, a rural village in the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux. It was a little way off our route, but a grassy patch beside a quiet road, with trees and meadow grasses around us was a good remedy for the day's driving.
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  • Day670

    Aire de Repos de la Briande

    April 27, 2018 in France ⋅

    Pleasingly, most of our journey was on motorways today. Just getting the van up to speed and clicking on the cruise control makes things so much easier.

    We parked in a lovely campervan aire within a rest area. Each of the bays was bordered by 7ft hedges making it feel very private. It was that the toilet emptying point was oit of action. In the morning we looked around the on-site gourmet supermarket but nothing took our fancy so we hit the road once again.Read more

  • Day16

    Last Parkrun for 3 months.

    January 5 in France ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    The reason for stopping here was to do one of only 5 or 6 Parkruns in France.
    After a very cold night -4, we stayed in the warm van for as long as possible, then at 8.50 emerged expecting the usual crowds at the start. There were only 10 others!
    So after shaking hands with everyone we did 3 laps of a nice level park. They asked you to time yourselves as they did not have all the right equipment.
    At the end we all shared hot coffee and tea and a lovely sweet French tarte.
    As Wendy and I both still had colds and Wendy a headache as well we were a bit slower than normal.
    They were very proud to tell us their Parkrun had been going 3 years and that it was the first in France.
    There are no Parkruns in Spain so we may do this one again on the way back in 3 months time.
    It was probably the smallest, coldest but friendliest one we will ever do!
    After a hot shower and porridge it was back on the road for a free night near the village of Labouheyre.
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Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Aquitania-Limosino-Poitou-Charentes

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