The only blip in our trip out to France was the fact that I left my jacket in the car, must have been all the excitement! All three of us, yes a change from previous times, flew to Rodez which was familiar territory and we got a taxi to the wonderful Conques. Teresa and I were feeling very excited about showing Christine around. Same hotel and all the memories instantly came flooding back. It was lovely as the beer didn’t have to wait till we’d walked miles and miles, we could have one now. Chris and Teresa soak up that [...]
Restaurant where we lunched We did have some time this morning to shop picking up local pate, cheese and an almond croissant for Teresa’s son as well as some little silver scallop shell earings for Ellie. We’d booked our taxi the night before so we could relax, explore a little more and have time for lunch which we ended up eating outside in the sun at the Creperie across from the front door of the Abbey – not a bad view to keep until you return. Allow me to leave you with some more photos of this very special place……………………………………..
Another sign on the outskirts of Esperyac and another morning yet again shrouded in mist. By now we were used to the pattern and although the fleece was useful in the first place to keep the cool out, we knew that a few hours later we were likely to be back in shorts and T shirts.Firstly breakfast…….on a Sunday in France it’s not at all unusual to get more of a treat and that can be anything from a wider choice to croissants and pastries. I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised, given the night before, to find no-one around [...]
This was the autumnal sight that greeted us this morning when we pulled back the curtains, the mist shrouding the hills opposite and the bridge heading towards that mist, all rather grey and dismal. It was much in contrast with the day before when we arrived in sunshine but that’s what you get at this time of the year. Today the route continues along the Lot Valley and then of course there is the daily climb but before that breakfast, always something to be enjoyed even if basic french bread and coffee!! After crossing the bridge we took a right [...]
Let me whisk you back to my second section of this wonderful Camino and please bear with me while I strive as quickly as I can to bring us up to date. On May 3rd this year and just before I set off for France I’d got you as far as Espalion where Teresa and I had celebrated the days walk in a pavement cafe of sorts and also had been offered the choice of about 10 different deserts after dinner. Let’s pick up the morning after on October as we left the hotel, our destination for the night, Estaing [...]
Came back from France on Thursday 12th arriving home about 8.00 in the evening and by Saturday 14th Teresa and I were out again with the East End Girls on a 10 mile walk. You can catch up with that on our East End Girls blog. Then on Sunday the theme was still walking but this time on the big screen. Not wanting to miss ‘The Way’ Teresa and I met up in Islington where we went to the Vue cinema where (apart from another couple) we had Martin Sheen all to ourselves as he walked the Camino de Santiago [...]
5 fabulous days of walking although three were around 20 miles so some very long days; wonderful scenery and amazing medieval hilltop towns; new staring points and great food. Now we’re getting used to life back in the big smoke and away from rural France so it’ll be a day or two till I catch up but then I’ll finally get up to date with this wonderful experience so you can share in it as best you can without walking a step!! Buen Camino!!
October 1st 2009 After breakfast we walked down through St Chely to the bridge where we took some photos and then up the road festooned with signs and from where we could look back towards the town slowly being enveloped in the morning sunlight. We were now on both the GR65 and GR6 as they share the same route as far as Figeac. The road walking didn’t last too long and then we were into woodland mainly of chestnut trees this time, their fruit littering the paths. As the photos show, we had some beech woods too and lovely fungi. [...]
September 30th 2009 This was one of the views from our bedroom window, just look at those wonderful overlapping tiles. After breakfast and having bought quiches from the local shop, we stopped to visit the11th century Romanesque church built in local sone and style. There is a monument, with a pair of crutches at its base, in the church to Pierre Brioude a 19th century ‘bonesetter’ and manipulator of joints who is said to have treated over 10,000 people a year. I’m sure many pilgrims will have needed his skills. It’s rather like having my friend Ivana on hand. Shame [...]
September 28th 2009 It was challenging and confusing trying to organise train travel to and from France for this stage of the Camino so after much deliberation, we flew from Stansted to Rodez from where we’d been told we’d be able to get a taxi. It was by far the most direct, the most time efficient and train compared to flight, the cheapest. The taxi factor was a cause for financial concern though but what’s the option? So far so good and happily 3 taxi drivers all at the airport when we arrived. Not quite so good when they started [...]