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Jun 27, 2015 - GR20 - Corsica Sud Day 8 - the end of the trek

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 8 Capanelle to Vizzavona Bidding our friends farewell, we finished packing. We browsed the cabinet containing a variety of Corsican vendetta knives. We seriously considered buying one, although if our backpacks were scanned on the way back and such a lethal looking weapon discovered, we might be in a bit of trouble. We looked out at the views from Capanelle. Michel had been trying to point out the islands of Monte Cristo and Elba (where Napoleon had been exiled initially) the previous night, but the clouds had...

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Jun 27, 2015 - GR20 Corsica Sud - Day 6

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 6 (No photos for this day as all of our batteries for phones/camera had died) Refuge d'Usciolu to Refuge de Prati We were slow to pack up and get going - almost the last to leave camp. An American couple passed us with their two dogs (also doing the GR20). The dogs had their own pannier backpacks with pockets and little hiking shoes with proper tread!! They were adorable, yet I couldn't help but wonder how they got the dogs over some of the boulders/slabs/steep descents. That would require additional feats of I...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 5

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 5 Bergerie d' I Croci to Refuge d' Usciolu We set off early in the morning after breakfast provided by the Boss. A large bowl of black coffee served with bread, butter and the clementine confiture. The Boss bid us all a good journey and sent us on our way with fresh fruit. I thanked him for his hospitality - he seemed touched. A lovely man with a larger than life presence and character. After the previous days of gruelling up and down, most of the day was spent on ambling country paths through rich farmland. Birds...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South - Corsica Day 3

GR20 Corsica Sud - Day 3 "The Alpine Variant route - highly recommended for those who want to experience excitement and exceptional views - highly recommended in clear weather" Dillon, P 2014. 'GR20: Corsica', Cicerone, Cumbria. Highly recommended - IN CLEAR WEATHER!!! In our defence - it was a crystal clear morning without a cloud in the sky as we set off blithely, along with many other hikers, to traverse the Alpine Variant route between Village di Bavella and Refuge d'Asinau. In Paddy Dillon's defence, he does recommend asking the...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South Corsica - Day 1 and 2

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 1 and 2 We arrived in the morning into Bastia, Corsica, on the overnight ferry 'Moby Corse', a big ship - somewhat incongruously decorated with Warner Brothers Merrie Melody characters. Life sized statues of a few favourites were dotted around the ship - Wile E Coyote, Lola Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Despite resembling a large floating theme park, the boat had a restaurant serving great food. An entree of octopus, served with potatoes in squid ink, was pretty special. We resolved to enjoy a good meal before venturing...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South - Corsica Day 4

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 4 We had two choices - to take another high level alpine route for 7.5 hours (or potentially double that time for us) or do the low level route over the next two days. Being caught in the storm yesterday had made us wary. I asked the Gardien for the weather forecast. He was a resolute man who obviously believed in efficiency of communication over flowery speech, or human interaction. I asked if a storm (orage) was predicted and he nodded grimly. "Attentione" he said. We had been warned. The decision had been made -...

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May 18, 2015 - May 18 Giverny

I walk to Pont Neuf-the "new" bridge which is now the oldest in Paris. Halfway down the island I find the Palais of Justice - a royal palace, now the law courts and a large police station. Around the corner is the Sainte - Chapelle, the King's chapel.It housed his relics. They say it has the most beautiful stained glass windows In all of Europe. I buy tickets for tonights performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by a good string quartet. I the leave to find the flower market. I thought to b buy cut flowers for the apartment but find only...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Adios Benidorm

Hi Everyone The campsite had been slowly emptying as many Brits, Dutch and Swedish head home after wintering in Benidorm, then suddenly the camp was full again as Spanish families arrived with the caravans, awnings and tents to enjoy the Easter holidays. The sound of children playing football, riding their bikes around the camp and having fun making mud pies brought the camp to life. Holy Week (Easter) is very important to the Spanish and Good Friday is the most holy of the days and is marked by the ‘Procession of the Holy Burial’. We found...

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Apr 13, 2015 - SJPP to Roncesvalles

Day 1 St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles 25km, 8 hours. There are two routes from St Jean to Roncesvalles, the Napoleon Route and the Valcarlos route, (road route). With great weather predicted I took the harder but much more beautiful Napolean route. Leaving St Jean I walked down the beautiful main street and started walking uphill through the old town gate. The Camino signs are impossible to miss, generally a yellow arrow somewhere, and unless you are walking mid winter there was also a steady stream of pilgrims in front of and behind...

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Apr 12, 2015 - St Jean Pied de Port

Reunited with my bag I flew down to Biarritz today and caught a bus to my Camino starting point; St John Pied de Port. Its the cutest little French market town in the foothills of the Pyrenees which separates France and Spain. In St Jean you can buy most last minute items, like sunscreen...or Nutella. Given I was expecting extreme cold and it was 27 degrees today I bought shorts! St Jean Pied de Port is the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances, and the most popular Camino route. There are so many route guidebooks, maps and...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Stage 10 Navarrenx to St Jean Pied De Port 61km 7 sept 2014

Stage 10 Navarrenx to St Jean de Pied de Port 61k 7 September 2014 (Father's Day) Petit dejeneur Corn flakes Yoghurt, bread, croissants, jams Cheese & ham Orange juice & coffee The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 47.5e plus tax .7 (44e for 3 sharing one room) The weather 14 to 30  The ride - the Pyrenees are a great tease We ride thru the ramparts of the town across the Pau in soup like fog which lasts almost till morning tea (25k) St Palais. All along the Pyrenees are in the distance beckoning us. We make the outskirts of St Jean de Pied de...

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Jun 5, 2014 - A day of cruising

June 5 After our day from hell, I woke up to find my knee and legs in bad shape and a head cold to top it all off. It was a no-brainer as I decided to take the day off and cruise on the Elodie with Jantien and Michel. Brave Brenda elected to ride on what was a brilliantly sunny and warm day, not knowing that the start of the day took them back up a long hill we had delightedly ridden down the evening before. Aided by my trusty knee brace and trekking poles, I made the tough 20-minute walk uphill to Vincent Van Gogh’s and his brother Theo’s...

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