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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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  • Day24

    On top!

    July 31, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Jaaaa na een ruime 20km klimmen, klimmen, schelden, zweten en nóg meer klimmen ben ik on top of the world! Nu naar beneden zoefen opzoek naar het terras!

    Ariëtte Van den Bos

    Wat een power !! 💪💪💪😱😱😛😛 een diepe buiging voor je. 😘😘

    Corinne Ovinge-Best

    Wat een kanjer ben jij!!!!👍😘😘

    Gerrit v.d.Bos

    Hou je snelheid in de gaten.met al die bochten🚴‍♂️❤

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  • Day114


    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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    Candice Bachtell


    Judy P

    I find myself looking forward to ur posts everyday- LOVE them!! Thank u!!👍.. we r at the point of missing our walks everyday and wanting to go back 😊

    Judy P


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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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  • 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.
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    Thomas Reineke

    Aaron, mein Mitpilger für den heutugen Tag.

    Thomas Reineke

    Mein Begleiter für die nächsten 800 km

    Sarah Boehden

    Und die kleine Kuh ist immer dabei und passt auf dich auf☺️

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  • 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

  • Day98

    Jakobsweg Tag 2

    March 10, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Heute Morgen tat mir immer noch einiges weh, aber es war halbwegs erträglich...also weiter!
    Nach dem Frühstück wurden wir gefragt ob wir an einer Dokumentation über den Camino teilnehmen wollen.
    Diese wäre für Amazon Prime und wir würden zusätzlich noch einen Restaurant Besuch in Santiago de Compostella bekommen.
    Na klar wollten wir!!! 😉
    Dafür mussten wir erzählen wer wir sind, woher, wohin wir wollen und warum wir den Camino laufen.

    Danach machten wir uns auf den Weg zur nächsten Etappe, auf nach Zubiri!
    20 Km standen also heute auf dem Programm.

    Wir liefen in einer kleinen 5er Gruppe, Mal zusammen Mal zu zweit und manchmal jeder für sich.

    Das Wetter war viel besser als gestern und so wechselten wir unterwegs unsere Kleidung und liefen in Short und Shirt weiter.

    Unterwegs legten wir gemeinsam zwei kleine Pausen ein, tranken Kaffee und aßen Baguettes.

    Die letzten 5 Km allerdings wurden für mich wieder sehr hart! Mittlerweile hatte ich mir drei fette Blasen gelaufen!
    Und so schaffte ich es mit Müh und Not so eben in unsere Unterkunft!

    ALLES ab Po abwärts tut mir sowas von weh!!!!!!!!

    In unserem Zimmer war noch ein anderer Pilger.... haltet euch fest: ein gelernter Akkupunkteur!!!!!!
    Und so wurden wir von ihm "verarztet"! 😁👍

    Aber eins kann ich euch sagen: Nocheinmal brauche ich keine Nadel in meinem Zeh!!!! 😂🙈
    Das tat vielleicht weh!!!
    Aber ich musste so lachen! Denn als er mir die Nadel in den Zeh steckte, schrie ich wie ein Mädchen (gut das sich Frauen das erlauben dürfen 😁) und dann musste ich darüber so lachen, ich bekam mich kaum noch ein! 😂
    So sehr das die anderen mit lachen mussten.
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    Florian Troeger


  • 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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    Zibs Reiter

    Looking good Pilgrim! Keep smilin'.


    You are in Spain. Good goin'

    Katherine Morgan

    I envy your these views, but not the walking part! :)


You might also know this place by the following names:

Orreaga, Roncesvalles, Roncesvalls, Roncevaux, Roncisvalle, 31650