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Roncesvalles

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  • Day182

    Camino Frances 1

    July 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Die erste Etappe ist geschafft: 26 km von Saint Jean Pied de Port nach Roncesvalles über den Ibaneta-Pass der Pyrenäen. 🥳
    Eigentlich wollte ich zum Einstieg etwas ruhiger anfangen und nur einen Teil der Strecke gehen, denn es ging vor allem auf den ersten 10 Kilometer nur bergauf. Aber irgendwie sind meine Füße einfach weiter gelaufen und da es zwischen Kilometer 10 und Kilometer 26 keine Herberge gibt, war ich am Nachmittag plötzlich in Roncesvalles.
    Das Wetter war glücklicherweise besser als gestern, auch wenn es am Vormittag noch etwas geregnet hat. Überrascht war ich, als mitten auf der Strecke zwischen unzähligen Schafen und Rindern plötzlich ein "Foodtruck" stand. 🤩
    Ein älterer Franzose hat hier die Gelegenheit erkannt und versorgt die Pilger und Wanderer mit warmen und kalten Getränken, Bananen, gekochten Eiern, Müsliriegeln und Keksen. Für mich gab's eine Banane. 😊
    Die Pilgerherberge befindet sich hier direkt in der Abtei von Roncesvalles und ist überraschend modern eingerichtet, allerdings mit 12€ pro Nacht für eine kirchliche Herberge auch ziemlich teuer. Richtige Zimmer gibt es hier nicht, sondern auf jeder Etage jeweils zwei lange Gänge mit mehreren 4er-Abteilen (ähnlich wie im Nachtzug).
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  • Day114

    Roncesvalles

    June 23, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Note: My posts are late because of WiFi issues, so it will be probably hard to stay on top of each day. I will do my best. Maybe when we get to Pamplona, it will be better.

    We had a foggy, mystical trek over the Pyrenees on our way to Roncesvalles. No views because of the fog, but it gave the hike a mysterious feeling...we never really knew what was coming next until we were close to it.

    My favorite parts were hearing the bells of the sheep 🐑 and the horses well before we would actually see them. Another, was coming across a van selling bananas, hot chocolate and homemade cheese after we had been climbing for awhile.

    The crossing into Spain was SO not like coming into the USA from another country. No border guards peppering is with questions...we just crossed over a cattle guard on the trail and we went from France to Spain 🙂

    Towards the end of our hike, we descended a steep path (that was a bit brutal on my knees) and were met with the view of Roncesvalles. Wow! The monastery was a beautiful place to stay. We had a pilgrim’s meal at a restaurant nearby, and then we survived our first bunk beds, as we shared a cubicle with a couple who were from Sweden and Iran,

    Tomorrow we hope to go 16 miles to Larrasoaña. We are leaving early so we can stop a few times along the way.
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  • Day4

    2. Tag: Orisson - Roncesvalles

    August 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Die heutige Etappe führt von Orisson nach Roncesvalles. 19,8 km mit nochmal ca. 800 Höhenmetern. Der Tag beginnt mit dichtem Nebel, der sich wie feiner Nieselregen anfühlt und Sichtweiten deutlich unter 20m.
    Es geht also ausgerüstet mit Regenponcho und Regencape los.
    Nach nur 2 km muss das Regencape aber weichen. Mit ist es bei dem steilend Anstieg einfach zu warm. Der dichte Nebel hält sich bis kurz vor dem Ipanema Pass hartnäckig und weicht dann ganz plötzlich Sonnenschein, so dass ich die herrlichen Aussichten vom Pass aus genießen kann.
    Die 19,8 km sind anstrengend aber definitiv gut machbar. Auf Grund der tollen Sicht entscheide ich mich für die etwas längere und flachere Nebenroute über die GR12 für den Abstieg. Und erreiche kurz vor 14:00 Uhr Roncesvalles.
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  • Day4

    Roncesvalles

    August 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nachdem ich mir ein Bett im Kloster organisiert, geduscht und meine Wäsche gewaschen habe, schaue ich mich ein wenig im Kloster und der Umgebung um und entdecke auch eine kleine Bar, wo ich mir ein Bier gönne. Kurz darauf stoßen noch ein paar Pilgerbekanntschaften des gestrigen und heutigen Tages dazu (Franciso, Allicia und Matteo aus Spanien, Pierre aus Frankreich, Andrea aus Italien, 2 Frauen aus Belgien und noch einige andere mehr). So werden aus dem einen Bier bei kurzweiligen Gesprächen spontan mehrere.
    Dann ist es auch schon wieder Zeit zum Abendessen, bei dem ich unter anderm Sarah aus Schottland, Andrea aus Italien, Piere aus Frankreich und Matteo aus Spanien wieder treffe.
    Danach ist nich Pilgermesse und eine Führung durch das Kloster angesagt, bevor es auch schon langsam wieder Zeit fürs Bett wird.
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  • Day2

    Saint Jean Pied de Port- Roncesvalle

    May 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Auf den Fersen Napoleons, der war hier auch schon unterwegs.....27,1 km und 1200 Höhenmeter erstiegen.... es war schon anstrengend, aber schön. Nette Mitpilger kennengelernt und nette Gespräche geführt. Nun ins Zelt und schlafen. Morgen um 8.00 geht's weiter.
    Die Füße machen noch mit und der Rücken auch... 🤗👍 gute Nacht.Read more

  • Day4

    The Way

    August 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Da meine Schwester fragte: Das ist der Weg, also der Klassiker aus den Büchern und Filmen (Shirley MacLaine, Paul Coelho, Hape Kerkeling, Film mit Martin Sheen), Dem folge ich gerade. Allerdings habe ich vor, in Leon abzubiegen nach Oviedo (= Camino San Salvador) und ab Oviedo den Camino Primitivo zu gehen, der dann letztlich auch bis Santiago führt. Soweit der Plan. Das werde ich aber dann von Laune, Kondition und Wetter abhängig machen.Read more

  • Day8

    Reaching higher heights

    August 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    So yesterday I said I was at the top of the Pyrenees. Well turns out I was wrong I was only half way up. We walked 17klms today across and up,up ,up to the top and it was hard but not terrible. The ups seemed ever ending but it was a nice cool day and mist came in and the landscape became Tolkein world .I kept expecting Gandalf to appear around the corner. Is there a Spanish Gandalf?
    When we started our downward descent we could barely see each other. It was magical and ethereal. Then we turned a corner and there was the monastery of Roncesvalleux. Yes, showers,,rest and food in that order. Here's some pics from today.
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  • Day7

    Orisson to Roncesvalles -Thursday

    September 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Was in a room of 6 and one snoorer kept the rest of us up. Sounded like a cross between a freight train and a pig. He probably has sleep apnea.

    Anyway, the English word for a french breakfast on the Camino is NOTHING worth writing home about. A full English would be heavenly.

    Left before sunrise and the walk was easier than yesterday except for the steep downhill at the end that went on forever.

    Lots of sheep and all that they produce were observed. Good animals those sheep as they keep one very athletic and nimble.
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  • Day6

    In the Footsteps of the Pilgrims

    September 23, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Today has been an extremely long and eventful one. It began with another glorious breakfast at the Nervion Hotel followed by a meeting with our local guide. She introduced herself as Ann and then explained that her main responsibility was to take us on a tour of the inside of the Guggenheim Museum.

    Our group formed itself into a walking peloton and followed her along the riverbank as she explained how Bilbao had indeed been a city with a lot of problems and all too little beauty. The building of the Guggenheim had transformed an especially ugly area of disused shipyards into a work of art that thousands come from all over the world every day to admire. I was especially amazed that such a building could have been made for only 90,000,000 Euro. Considering the money it now attracts to the city, that must have been one of the biggest bargains of all time.

    The interior of the building is just as stunning as the exterior, although some of the displayed works by Picasso, Van Gogh and others left me a little underwhelmed. Maybe I am just a Philistine after all.

    After a couple of hours inside the building I joined Allan for a ride up the funicular railway to the top of one of the mountains overlooking the city. It not only provided a sensational view of the city, but the air was cooler and fresher as well. Although the hilltop location was obviously a tourist mecca, the price for the delicious hamburger I ate at the restaurant was a very reasonable 7 Euro (about $10).

    By 3.30 pm it was time to return to our hotel to meet Carlos, the young guide who will be accompanying us for the next two weeks on our Camino walk. He explained that he had actually been brought up by Spanish parents in Germany, thus giving him the ability to speak both Spanish and German without an accent. He later learnt English at school and spoke that very well also. I guess that is one advantage that kids raised in Europe have.

    It was time then to load our gear on to our bus, driven by a young, baby faced Spaniard called Raoul.W e then set out on the long drive into the Pyrenees to our starting point at Roncesvalles, just 5 km from the French border. It was a wonderfully scenic drive, especially the section from Pamplona onward. In the winter this whole region is blanketed with snow, but at this time it consists of green steeply sloping hills, interspersed with a succession of small alpine villages.

    At around 7 pm we finally pulled up outside the ancient Beneficiados that was to be our home for the evening. This city dates back over 1400 years and you can feel the antiquity seeping from every ancient chapel and monastery here. We also caught our first sight of other pilgrims on their own personal journeys to Santiago. Tomorrow morning we will be taking our first steps along this ancient path. Our first day's walk will be a very hilly 19 km, so I wonder just how well our feet and legs will rise to the challenge.

    Although our building dates back hundreds of years, the rooms have been extensively modernised for accommodation. My room was actually quite enormous and the evening meal we were given was almost as big as the room. I think that must have tried to fuel us up for the entire walk to Santiago in just one meal. The only dark shadow hanging over the start of our walk is the forecast for long temperatures and steady rain. Oh well, I guess it was not (always) meant to be easy.

    As for me, I am exhausted already after the very long day, and since the hour is late I am heading for bed. The internet connection here is very slow so the pictures will have to wait till I get a better connection. Good night all.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Orreaga, Roncesvalles, Roncesvalls, Roncevaux, Roncisvalle, 31650

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