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Apr 1, 2018 - Granada to St Jean Pied de Port via Madrid and Pamplona

This morning we said goodbye to our tour group and had a couple of hours to kill before our transfer to Granada Airport. We visited the Monasterio de San Jerónimo.A 16th Century monastery. It was enormous are quite beautiful inside and out. Then it was a day of transfers - cab to Granada Airport, flights to Madrid and Pamplona and taxi shuttle to St Jean Pied de Port. Oscar, our driver, pointed out areas on the Camino that we'll pass through in the next few days during the drive and gave us a few tips which put my mind at ease about...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Phagalcette to Chalet d'Iraty

Overview It was cold as we left the Gite this morning. Said our farewells to the Canadians and set off wearing rain/wind jackets which is the first time we've done this. Initially we climbed through lovely open farmland and saw farmers and dogs herding sheep, presumably for milking as there is a lot of sheep cheese in this area. We went through a lot of varied countryside today and climbed through open windswept grassland to the highest point so far (Occabe) 1466 metres !! Yet again, feeling we were standing on top of the world, we had...

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Sep 3, 2015 - St Jean Pied de Port to Phagalcette

Overview We farewelled the pilgrims after breakfast and had a late start ourselves as the route today was shorter. A coffee in town and a quick trip to the pharmacy before setting off. We went through gentle farm land then took the purist GR10 route over the next mountain pass rather than the easier alternative given in our book that went around the mountain. The climbing was steep but not too long and we met a chatty Spanish couple along the way. Unfortunately they didn't speak English or French and we didn't speak Spanish but that didn't...

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Sep 2, 2015 - St Etienne de Baigorry to St Jean Pied de Port

Overview Yet another wonderful day of walking. Started with VERY steep climb out of Baigorry. Why do the French make roads sensible zigzag up steep mountains but walking trails seem to go straight up!! We climbed high and had a wonderful view of the village that we had just come from. After a little traverse we came to a sheep pen with a group of shepherds tending them. We decided that the French equivalent of the Aussie farmer ute was the LITTLE van with a wire divider between the back and the front seats. This we soon discovered was where...

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May 8, 2015 - st Jean Pied de port

message in English follows Voilà arrivé à Saint Jean pied de port en covoiturage. Nuit à l'hôtel avant le grand départ. Le sac à dos est prêt mais lourd 12kg sans l'eau.Vais-je le supporter 34 j? réveil 6h , massage des pieds à la crème NOK pour limiter les ampoules et zouh c'est parti pour 8h de marche dont 15km de rude montée. -- arrived in Saint Jean pied de port with a carpool. First night in a cheap but quiet hotel. My back pack is 6 pounds without water. Will I be able to carry it over 34 days. wake up at 6am. Feet massage with an...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

28 March 2014 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Train to Bayonne and then bus to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Not sure why the train wasn’t working from Bayonne to SJPP but the bus was fine – though the roads are very twisty. This driver figured the only way to approach the Pyrenees was to put the pedal to the floor so we slid around most corners on narrow winding mountain roads. The high route through the Pyrenees (Route de Napoleon) is closed because of deep snow. All pilgrims are directed to take the low route. Which works for us because we intended...

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Oct 8, 2013 - countdown to Camino!!!

More driving today as we booked it to Pau, France on the freeway about as fast as our little Fiat could take us. When we got to Pau we dropped the car and took the train to Saint Jean Pied de Port. We changed trains in Bayonne and had an hour to wander along their riverfront walkway. It is an old town but the riverfront is quite nice and there are the usual old buildings and central square so typically European. Our last leg to SJPdP was on the absolute slowest train any of us have EVER been on but it sure beat driving! All of the villages...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Pilgrim Beginnings

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Aug 15, 2008 - What have I done?

The rain was beating against my bedroom windows when I awoke on Tuesday morning. I lay in bed thinking, "What the f*&% have I done?" It was my last morning in my London apartment. I had quit my job the week before. All my worldly possessions had been moved to my cousin´s home for storage. I had sold my home and car before moving to London. At the age of 44 I no longer even had need for a key chain. No car. No home. No job. Oh, my. A few seconds later I reminded myself I had gotten 3 hours of sleep because I had been packing and cleaning...

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