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Retired layabout

Final piece of the jigsaw

It is with great excitement that I’m posting this now. The final piece of the jigsaw is finally in place. I have at last been able to book my train ticket from Paris to St Jean Pied de Port. I … Continue reading

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Boots

My attention has recently turned to my feet. I’ve always taken good care of them but never have I chosen to walk 500 miles across lots of different terrain in all kinds of weathers before. Having done lots of research … Continue reading

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Initial Accommodation

Owing to the French railways only allowing bookings at most 3 months in advance, I cannot yet book my train from Paris to St Jean Pied de Port. However, I thought at least I could book accommodation for when I … Continue reading

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The Traditional Pilgrims Prayer at the Cruz de Ferro

‘Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage that I lay at the foot of the cross, weigh the balance in favour of my good deeds some day when the deeds of my life are judged. let … Continue reading

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Travel bookings

Just spent most of today researching many different routes and modes of transport to get me to the start of my Camino in St Jean Pied de Port. My criteria was do it as cheaply as possible whilst allowing me … Continue reading

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Camino Weather during April

The weather in Le Puy en Velay is going to be a little cold for me during the middle of April, with temperatures possibly as low as -3 Deg C until the end of April. Temperatures start to pick up in … Continue reading

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Route decisions

I’ve decided pretty much that I don’t want to be walking in July in the main season. Lots of people join the route from Sarria just to walk the last 100km, the minimum distance you need to gain a Compostela … Continue reading

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