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  • DAY 11 ZARAUTZ/ ZUMAIA

    20 avril 2017

    A L ' ATTENTION DES LECTEURS FRANCOPHONES. Vous avez certainement l'impression que tout est en anglais sur ce blog. Malheureusement J' ai un peu du mal à suivre. Donc la version en français, qui je le re6n'a peut-être rien à voir avec la version en anglais...

  • DAY 15 MARKINA / GERNIKA

    24 avril 2017

    27 km (exaushting km why are the Spanish km much longer than the Swedish km?) Up and down again. Not as hard as yesterday but hard. The last 8 km never ended. Beautiful weather 25 degrees. Warm to walk up and down. It took 8 hours to reach destination...

  • Lourdes le 09.04.2017 version française

    09 avril 2017

    Temps clair. 25 degrés Je suis enfin arrivée à Lourdes et je suis officiellement une pèlerine. J'ai passé au bureau jacquaire. Ils ne doivent pas avoir beaucoup de monde car ils étaient aux petits soins avec moi. Ils m' ont aidés à faire toutes les réservations...

  • DAY 16 GERNIKA/LARRABETZU

    25 avril 2017

    16,2 km. Rainy. 15 degrees. 4 hours to get here. Well, it had to happen!!! Rain! Not really fun, very slippery ups and downs (because it is still quite tough. I talked to some people today and we all admitted that we had been naive about how hard the...

  • DAY 2 ASSON - ARUDY 20,5 km Weather cloudy time 6,5 hours

    11 avril 2017

    Compostelle signs along the way/les panneaux deviennent plus nombreux ASSON/ARUDY Quite a tough day. Up and down all the time but beautiful sceneries. The only annoying factor is the high number of dogs. The working dogs are OK. They are actually supposed...

  • The days after the Camino

    08 juin 2017

    "Le chemin des vignes", the vineyear's camino" Back from the Camino.... after the euphoria of " I managed" come the depressing days of "no more walking the Camino", The restless legs syndrome. The first day is OK. Hairdresser, peeling, etc... becoming...

  • DAY 18 BILBAO / PORTUGALETE

    27 avril 2017

    20 km cold, raining a bit, windy and terribly boring landscape. It took 4 hours to reach. Flat as a pancake. The famous guggenheim early in the morning leaving Bilbao I left Bilbao behind me for today (I am going back tomorrow to meet my friend). The...

  • Plan de voyage / Trip planning

    18 mars 2017 ( #Maps )

    Le départ est imminent!!! L´entraînement est en cours, je me prépare comme je le peux (il faut aussi travailler de temps en temps). Le sac à dos est prêt, les billets achetés et le parcours dessiné. Voici des cartes ainsi que le plan du voyage, les dates...

  • DAY 7 BAYONNE / BIARRITZ / SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ

    16 avril 2017

    Bayonne-to Biarritz (by buss) Biarritz (a bit of tourism) to saint-jean-de-luz 13,5 km cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. 15 degrees. It took four hours to get there. (Hard walk in sand and rocks) To move directly to the Camino Norte was a...

  • DAY 42 LOURENZA/ ABADIN

    23 mai 2017

    The cathedral of Mondoneo 25 km. Blue sky medium warm (around 22) it took 8 hours to get there. Can we say that the way was only up? A long day. No ups and downs only up, up, up. First stop after 8 km. Mondoneo. An old nice little town with a real big...

  • DAY 3 ARUDY/ OLORON SAINT- MARIE

    12 avril 2017

    22,8km on paper. 27,5 from the GPS. Beautiful weather 25 degrees It took 7 hours walking time to get there A particularly beautiful section. I got it wrong again in the beginning and ended up on some VVT trail. But as I thought bicykels must end up somewhere....

  • DAY 19 20 and 21 BILBAO

    29 avril 2017

    My friend has finally arrived and we just tourist (very good at that, a Real master ). As the weather is cold nothing better than visiting museums. So nothing much to tell. I really enjoyed the guggenheim very much inside and outside. The giant spider...

  • DAY 47 SALCEDA /SANTIAGO DI COMPOSTELLA

    30 mai 2017

    Compostella 28 km mixed weather, warm, stuffy, style 23 degrees. Very humid but not rainy. It took around 6 and half hours to get there Up quite late according to our own standard but we (a frenchman, his girlfriend, an Englishman and myself) had decided...

  • DAY 23 CASTRO URDIALES / LAREDO

    02 mai 2017

    27,2 km Rain part of the time. Good weather in the afternoon. It took 6 and half hours to walk that part. Full drama on the Camino today!!! My friend ate something that did not fit (Don't know what but the ham sandwich, the orange juice or the apple cake...

  • DAY 48 SANTIAGO DI COMPOSTELLA

    31 mai 2017

    The COMPOSTELLA A few km in town, mainly looking at souvenir shops. Quite cold and rainy. Santiago. FIRST THING in the morning, getting the Compostella, the document that assures that you arrived to Compostella and finished your pilgrimage. I had always...

  • DAY 8 CAMPING TAMARIS PLAGE/ HONDARRIBIA (SPAIN)

    17 avril 2017

    29 km. (The usual wrong turns but I am use to it by now). Cloudy in the morning, beautiful weather in the afternoon. 25 degrees. 7 hours walk. Today was a big day. I left the camping early. 2 wrong turns but knowing that there is a meaning in everything...

  • DAY 10 SAN SEBASTIAN / ZARAUTZ

    19 avril 2017

    SAN SEBASTIAN / ZARAUTZ little over 20 km (18 according to the book) beautiful weather the all day, blue sky but quite cold. 16 degrees. It took 6 hours to walk the all way. Much up and down (the down went very slowly. And I have some pain in one knee)...

  • DAY 14 DEBA/ MARKINA-XEMEIN

    23 avril 2017

    Enormous stones in a church/ énormes rochers dans une église VERSION ENGLISH 23,3 +2 (detour some problem, they did apologize for the extra bit) beautiful weather 23 degrees ( felt lime much more going up). Very much up and down (supposed to be one of...

  • DAY 4 OLORON SAINTE MARIE / L'HOPITAL SAINT BLAISE

    14 avril 2017

    23, 8 km + 4 km = 27,8 km beautiful weather warm up 28 degrees. Walking time 6 and half hours. Not much to see in Hôpital Saint Blaise. A small Church and a small village 75 inhabitants and it is a commune. I was alone at set Pilgrim Center somebody came...

  • DAY 13 DEBA/LEKEITIO

    22 avril 2017

    DAY 13 resting day. Beautiful weather 23 degrees. Due a bad knee and the fact that I have extra days to take myself to Bilbao, i decided to take a day off. Lekeitio is a small very cute and very touristy town. Not the same kind as the Compostella road...

  • Jour 1 LOURDES/ASSON

    10 avril 2017

    ENGLISH version Lourdes-Asson Distance 23,5 km +2 to buy food (no shop in the village) + 5 ( getting lost all the time). Weather splendid 25 (feeling like 30). It took 8 hours to get there. Interesting day. Beautiful sceneries. I don't really manage the...

  • DAY 26 GUEMES / BOO DE PIELAGROS

    06 mai 2017

    26 km beautiful day 25 degrees 6 hours to get there Fantastic walk along the cliff. One of the best😁... to return to Santander. We met some of our fellow pilgrims again. We decided on taking the buss to leave Santander and walk the rest of the way to...

  • DAY 9 HONDARRIBIA/ SAN SEBASTIAN

    19 avril 2017

    26,5 km cloudy in the morning, beautiful in the afternoon variating temperature 17-25. 7 hours walk. Very much up and down. Category 5 in difficulté according to the guide book (did not feel that bad at all) Leaving HONDARRIBIA without problem (for once!)....

  • DAY 12 ZUMAIA /DEBA

    21 avril 2017

    13,1 km blue sky but quite cold 16 degrees 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Yesterday I stayed at that convent for nuns as I told yesterday. 400 years of history, etc, etc... I tell you what the nuns can't have lived very long. The place was freezing cold....

  • DAY 22 PORTUGALETE / CASTRO URDIALES

    01 mai 2017

    27,5 km blue sky part of the day, cloudy after and quite cold 17 degrees as a max. It took 7 hours to reach the place. And it was nearly flat!!!!😁 So back on the saddle, so to speak. The road is calling again. Harsh start for my friend "who should train...

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