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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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  • Day112

    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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  • Day4

    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

    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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  • Day110

    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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  • Day44

    Saint Jean Pied de Port 23 km

    August 30, 2017 in France

    Wow nun bin ich in Saint Jean Pied de Port angekommen. Ein berauschendes Gefühl es bis hier Geschafft zu haben. Noch ein Tag dann habe ich Frankreich über die Pyrenäen verlassen. Bin im Moment mit einer kleinen Gruppe unterwegs, was richtig Spass macht. Mit dabei ist die Jesssika die von Leibzig bis runter läuft, habe sie mal kurz gesehen als ich mit Benno gewandert bin und Tailer aus Amerika mit ihr bin ich vor le Puy gelaufen.Read more

  • Day2

    Well, it took all of the above-- and a buses too-- but I've made it to my starting point, St. Jean Pied de Port, France.

    Picked up my pilgrim's "passport," found a room for the night, hit an ATM, and enjoyed dinner-- the best pizza I've ever had in France!

    My day started at 1AM (thank you, jet lag) so I'm feeling loopy, and having a rough time keeping my eyes open. I'll be a *really* early night. Tomorrow I start walking toward Santiago.Read more

  • Day5

    St. Jean

    September 26, 2017 in France

    Arrived by taxi along with 5 others so the taxi bill was pretty cheep per person.
    Checked in, went to the pilgrim's office and am using their wifi as I write.
    Beautiful area, puffy clouds and very mild temps.

    One shower for 20 folks so it is tight to get clean. Dinner at 1930 with lights out by 2200.

    Feel like a kid in a toy shop. Quite a place. Sharing a room with two other guys, one American and have not met the other, but he was from Belgium. Enjoy.

    No coverage for the next two days so check back in a day or two.

    My limited Spanish is coming in quite helpful. More later
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  • Day3

    St Jean Pied de Port

    April 28, 2017 in France

    We've arrived to the first stop, our launching point to begin a thousand year old pilgrimage route. Our first stop was to the pilgrims office where we picked up our pilgrim passport, Compostela, and shells, the symbol of pilgrims on this route, which we tied on to our bags to give our narwhales company. We weighed our bags as well, without water Tom's was 18lbs and mine was 15lbs, still quite a bit more than my goal of 10% of my body weight.

    All of the hostels booked up and we felt lucky that we had reserved two beds in the Auberge du Pèlerin. I got the bottom bunk...Unfortunately, there was a snoring pilgrim across from me. 💤
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  • Day4

    The Napoleon Route

    April 29, 2017 in France

    Our first night on the Camino was a relative success. We stayed at the Auberge du Pèlerin in the heart of St Jean Pied de Port.According to my fit bit, I slept from 10pm to 3am (my longest night time sleep yet) and Tom and I fit surprisingly well on a single sized mattress! Multiple people's alarms went off at 6am this morning in our fully booked 8 bed room (including Tom's) just as I was dozing off again.

    We had a yummy breakfast of hot chocolate (a breakfast staple in Europe, it seems) orange juice and bread (alas, no veggies or protein). Then I joined Tom for the first mile on the Napoleon route. I was diagnosed with a mild case of plantar fasciitis from over training the day before we left Delaware so Tom and I thought it best for me to opt out of what many pilgrims consider the most arduous trek of the entire journey, which also happens to be the first day. The Napoleon route gains about 4,500ft elevation over 15.3 miles. I'll be taking a bus to Roncesvalles which leaves from SJPP at 10AM. Hopefully my early arrival at Roncesvalles will give me an edge in securing beds for us tonight...I checked booking last night and there was literally nothing available for advanced booking. Fingers crossed we don't find ourselves on the floor of the church.
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