We’re off

Just had confirmation from the wonderful Ann at World Walks that she has our dates booked and the accommodation for the first night booked. Looks as if that lovely little hotel in Conques will have the pleasure of our company again. Deposit to pay and then we’ll get the confirmation of the rest as it happens. Feel really excited. This view is taken of the Abbey of St Foy from just outside our hotel and from our room last time we had a view of the Abbey Towers.

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The addition to the small, but perfectly formed team.

No I haven’t gone anywhere, life’s just been busy. Since I last posted we’ve been targetting a couple of the established East End Girls who have expressed interest in this walk and it’s been an interesting move. Teresa and I have both noted how slightly scared we are about bringing other people along. Now that might sound crazy but we’ve started this walk together, promised each other that we’ll do all of it together and we’ve loved it so it’s really important that anyone who comes too, really fits in. I think we’ve all experienced times when we’ve been on [...]

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Very busy on the Spanish side

Been talking to Anne at World Walks to see how soon we need to book and she tells me that we’re lucky we’re not trying to do the Spanish sections at present as they are really busy especially in the last two weeks in May. This is good to know for the future so if you’re thinking of walking this amazing path, do take this on board. As it’s a Holy Year this year, it may be busier than normal. She also mentioned that the sections closer to the Pyrenees also need to be booked early as there isn’t that [...]

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Who’s joining us this time.

Teresa and I have done the first two sections of the Camino on our own and it’s been such a lovely experience. Teresa would be more religious than me but I feel it’s true to say that we are both spiritual and there’s something wonderful about the peace and quiet of walking this historical path. Often we are the only two people for miles and that solitude allows great time for contemplation and thinking. We can happily walk along for short periods not saying a thing but most of the time we’re pointing out sights, marvelling at the spectacular and [...]

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Back on the Camino – June 2010?

Getting very excited as I start to plan the 3rd part of the Camino. Heading off in June this time so that in itself will be an experience and hope that there will be 4 of us going too. This time we revisit Conques and start from there with the knowledge that it’s a little down hill into the valley and then a slog up to the chapel where we can ring the bell – looking forward to that. Looking forward too to some wonderful warm and sunny weather to get those legs tanned. Teresa and I had such a [...]

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walking in France on the Camino

As you, who are regular readers will know, last year, Teresa and I started off walking the Camino. We opted to star in Le Puy in France and walk to the French/Spanish border and then across Northern Spain to our destination in Santiago de Compostella. So far we’ve done two sections, 10 days overall and are loving it. The walk is taking us through wonderful France scenery and do places we would otherwise probably not visit or even find. I’ve decided to set up a separate blog to post on and will get that organised in the next few weeks [...]

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Day 1

The first part was all up hill, well the town is in a valley so no choice really. It was good to stop and look back from where we’d come and then to get onto the path. This is one of the official signs of the St James’ Way although every time we saw one the distance seemed to have changed very little. We thought the figure was how far we had to go but I wonder …. anyone shed any light on this? We’ve probably missed something very simple. You will see examples of numerous signs as I tell [...]

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My Camino experience – part 1

My friend Mark is back in the States and although I’m sure he’s delighted to be home, I guess he’ll be missing being out in the air and having all that space to think. Sometimes it’s not until you have it that you miss it when it’s gone. I know I did and that was only after 4 days. I haven’t seen mark’s photos yet but I do hope he sends some and then I’ll share them with you. Until then, I felt it was time to share a little of our story and sites on the Camino…Not sure how [...]

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The greatest party of my life – and Mark prepares to head off home to the USA

What a lovely surprise to get another blog posting from Mark and a great summary of what can only be an undescribable experience. Posted: 12 Oct 2008 03:01 PM CDTSunday Night Well, I am back in the real world. Was it ever strange to get in a taxi and head to the airport in Santiago. I felt like I was flying and hadn´t left the ground yet. I flew to Madrid and checked into a hotel. I have a 3:30 a.m. wakeup call and then shuttle to the airport.  It´s hard to describe Saturday night, but will do the best [...]

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Talking about the Camino and Mark’s last blogs

Met up with the East End Girls yesterday for our monthly walk and had about 6 new walkers. It was a great day and a great walk. I will post some new photos tomorrow. Caught up with my walking buddy Teresa who I’ve really missed in the last few days, it was good to see her again. We are full of stories about the Camino and talked about the fact that it was mark’s last day on the trail. Here are the last two blog entries which i picked up today. I´ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy…down in my [...]

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