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  1. GraemeHall

    “The worst footprint of the pilgrims”

    Oh wow. I did exactly that. I left the small stone I'd brought from my garden in the snow at the base of el Cruz, and picked up a pebble from the roadside and brought it home. It has its little shelf in the garden!
  2. GraemeHall

    Bottle vs Bladder

    I have always used just a Camelbak 2L bladder without problems, giving it a thorough rinse every few days. The only day I had a problem was when the water in the tube froze around El Cruz de Ferro, blocking it all! I generally only fill it to the 1.5L mark, and top it up at lunch time.
  3. GraemeHall

    Via de la Plata, April 2022 - to the Sanabrés, or Astorga?

    Loving this 'Aussie' VdlP thread! I have an annual Anzac Day commitment, and am hoping for a 26 April 2022 departure from Brisbane and walk Seville to Salamanca, and complete to SdC in 2023. So far I've been finding Qantas/Emirates fares for under $2000 and BA for under $1500.
  4. GraemeHall

    Camino Frances

    Jan Scully, please don't hesitate to tell me if this is an intrusive question, but why is D128 so important to your Camino?
  5. GraemeHall

    Pros and Cons of Portuguese Caminos

    I completed the central route Lisbon to Santiage via Porto in 2019. I found the pilgrim infrastructure more than adequate. Could I humbly suggest not including the speaking of English or not as either a pro or a con? It hints at cultural superiority. I'd be disappointed if Portuguese folk were...
  6. GraemeHall

    Does anyone know how I can purchase the metal shell marker in Logroño?

    I reckon the bloke in the little metal foundry place a few metres before the Irache wine fountain might be a good bet. He has lots of lovely things like that that he makes. I've also sent the picture to Camino friends who live in Logroño to see if they have any ideas.
  7. GraemeHall

    Biarritz to Irun

    Simple. You can walk from Biarritz airport to the train station in half an hour or less, jump in any train to Hendaye, walk across the bridge and you are in Irun, yellow arrows and all.
  8. GraemeHall

    A plan for 2022 & 2023 (& thanks)

    Very ambitious - I wish you well. I'm from Brisbane, and kinda hoping to head to the Via de La Plata after Anzac Day. Time will tell. Will you be ok with the 90 day Schengen visa with all those Caminos?
  9. GraemeHall

    Cookwear lunchkit necessity?

    I buy an Opinel knife when I get there, and post home to myself when I finish the Camino. I now have 3! I have bought them in Paris, Bayonne and Lisbon. Generally around 10€, depending on length, whether they are stainless etc.
  10. GraemeHall

    Samos option?

    I get it, Albertagirl. One of my most memorable Camino experiences......I never felt more like a Pilgrim.
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    The Camino will be waiting...Australians

    My plan for my 3rd, probably Via de la Plata, was hoped for 2020, then 2021. Now looking at May 2022 but I've got good at rolling things on. I do manage some short local walks when lockdowns and commitments permit. Best so far has been 6 days on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail staying at pubs and...
  12. GraemeHall

    Biarritz to SJPDP Aug 29th, 2021

    I walked from Biarritz airport to the train station (maybe 20 or 30 minutes), got a train to Bayonne and then the St Jean train ......
  13. GraemeHall

    Central Lisbon accommodation?

    I also stayed there, before setting out in my Caminho in 2019. I would recommend it for price, location and amenity.
  14. GraemeHall

    COVID Camino Portuguese right now, Lisbon vs. Porto start

    My own experience from Lisbon in 2019 was quite different from this. I enjoyed the added solitude, but met numerous other pilgrims. And before Porto it was more pilgrims than tourists. Porto to Tui was also wonderful. After Tui there were a lot of 100k travellers and I did meet some lovely folk...
  15. GraemeHall

    A slight change in the air?

    Yes - Osprey Talon 33 - my go-to Camino etc pack. 1720km so far and counting!