Tag: France

Impressions of the Chemin d’Arles

When I set out to walk the historic Camino de Santiago, I knew that I wanted to experience the primary route, the Camino Frances, but also other smaller, less traveled paths.  Spreading out guidebooks and maps all over the coffee table, I decided on a general route I would take,

Lescar Rainbow

My First Night on the Camino

The first pilgrim I met on the Camino was an older man who’d walked years before.  I think.  He only spoke French, and I only spoke English; nevertheless, we talked for half an hour or so. As a local caretaker of the “hostel,” he’d come to the refuge in Lescar

Finding the Camino

Just getting to the Camino was an adventure! In Toulouse, I woke up at dawn, gathered my belongings, and headed out in search of the gare.  Following my downloaded map, I wound my way through sleepy city streets.  When I got to the station, I was grateful to discover that

Falling in Love with the Pink City

I’m not a city person.  My general MO in a new city is to get out of it as quickly as possible — or, if that’s not possible, find a happy place in a patch of green somewhere inside the concrete jungle.  However, even in spite of its hosting Eurovision

A Dabbler of Caminos

In the US, when we talk about the Camino de Santiago, we are often referring to the Camino Francés, the most popular pilgrimage route.  However, Caminos extend throughout Europe, in a network of paths connecting notable relgious sites to one another.  The Camino Frances is tremendously popular, but many other

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