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  1. nreyn12

    Safety Tip - Walking on the Road

    Safety Tip!!! Hi all from Samos where I am enjoying a stop on my Camino-en-Coche (road trip!). I want to share an observation from the trail and make a request / suggestion for those of you headed to the Camino. Please (please please please) be alert and vigilant when you walk! The trail is...
  2. nreyn12

    Contact Details for La Posada in Roncesvalles?

    Hi all, I need to book a couple of rooms at Hostal La Posada in Roncesvalles for September, but their website seems to have changed. Does anyone know the current website URL or a working email address for them? Here is the one I found on their Facebook page (the one that doesn't work)...
  3. nreyn12

    Check Your Brierley Guidebook!

    I did a quick search and didn't see that anyone had posted this... If you have purchased the 2015 edition of John Brierley's guidebook, 'A Pilgrim's Guide for the Camino de Santiago', for the Camino Frances, take a quick look through it and be sure it has all its pages. I just got my copy in...
  4. nreyn12

    Start in SJPP in September

    nreyn12 submitted a new resource: Just to Get Started - The Camino Experience - Your Pilgrimage, Your Way Read more about this resource...
  5. nreyn12

    New Gear Store in Zubiri

    There is a new, fantastic addition to Zubiri this year - the gear shop 'Planeta Agua.' It's a chain that also has locations in Santo Domingo de las Calzada and Logrono, and they sell everything a pilgrim could need or want. The shop is perfectly located in Zubiri, 22 kms after Roncesvalles...
  6. nreyn12

    Camino Primitivo in the Rain

    Hi all, I am due to start the Camino Primitivo on Sunday...in the rain. And then the forecast for the week looks quite wet. I admit, true confession, I am a fair weather pilgrim. And I have the luxury of being in Spain in both the spring and the fall each year when I come to start groups on...
  7. nreyn12

    Credencial for Primitivo

    Hi all, I am venturing off the Camino Frances for the first time and am wondering if the credencial for the Primitivo route is the same as that for the Frances. Does each route use a unique credencial, or is there a standard one for all of Spain? I have read that I can get a credencial at...
  8. nreyn12

    Food on the Primitivo

    Hi all, Thank you for all the info you've posted here. I've just decided to walk the Primitivo after being loyal to the Frances for nine years. I will be walking this route much like I did my first Camino, which started in Pamplona, with just a list of albergues and an elevation map. With...
  9. nreyn12

    MICRO SIM vs Standard SIM - Available in Spain?

    Here is a rookie question if ever there was one. I am considering venturing into the world of Smartphone ownership, and in my research I discovered that the phone I wanted to buy takes only a MICRO SIM. I'm old school when it comes to technology and to date had only known of the standard SIM...
  10. nreyn12

    Semana Medieval Festival in Estella, July 15-21

    For those of you on the trail now, the small town of Estella is celebrating the 16th Semana Medieval, or Medieval week. It's a fun-filled week of music, medieval costumes, jousting, shows, parades and general merriment. It's much calmer than the recent San Fermin / Running of the Bulls...
  11. nreyn12

    Warning: Reports of Scam in Galicia

    There have been a couple of reports recently of a scam involving women posing as deaf and MUTE 'donation' collectors. They approach pilgrims on the trail carrying a clipboard with a paper explaining that they are collecting donations to help the deaf and MUTE, which they present themselves to...
  12. nreyn12

    New Albergue 1.5 km after Triacastela - Ecologico El Beso

    Fantastic new albergue, opened in April, just 1.5 kms after Triacastela. It's called Albergue Ecologico El Beso (The Kiss), and as the name implies, they are all eco-friendly. The location is incredible, in the tranquil valley on the road to San Xil. Costs: 8 euros for the bed, 3 euros for...
  13. nreyn12

    In Pamplona This Weekend? (May 3-5, 2013)

    For those of you now on the trail who will be in Pamplona this weekend, now through Sunday, you are in luck. The annual Pintxos ('tapas' in Basque, pronounced 'peencho') festival is on. More than 40 bars are featuring a special festival pintxo, and they will gladly pair it with a glass of the...
  14. nreyn12

    May Special - Parador Hotel Santo Domingo de la Calzada

    Hi all, If you are walking through Santo Domingo de la Calzada in May 2013, consider a night at the luxury Parador Hotel which was built by Santo Domingo as a hospital for pilgrims on the Way. They are offering a special rate for May - 112 euros for a single room with breakfast buffet. A...
  15. nreyn12

    Full Moon Walk 2013

    Has anyone walked at night under a full moon? I am thinking of trying it this year. In case you are interested, here are the dates of the full moon for 2013 (times are for Europe): Monday, 25th February 2013, 09:26:06 pm Wednesday, 27th March 2013, 10:27:18 am Thursday, 25th April 2013...
  16. nreyn12

    Flamenco along the Way?

    I know Flamenco is found mostly in the south, say in Sevilla, but has anyone come across a Flamenco show along the Camino Frances? Maybe in one of the larger cities? Thanks, Nancy
  17. nreyn12

    Albergue in Cizur Menor

    I didn't see it on the list of favorite albergues (great thread, by the way!), so I want to ask if anyone has recently stayed at the albergue of Maribel Roncal in Cizur Menor, just after Pamplona. I heard about this albergue on my first walk, in 2005, but not since. Any current info? Is it...
  18. nreyn12

    Hotel in Bayonne?

    Hi all, Does anyone have a recommendation on a hotel in Bayonne or Biaritz? Turns out the recommended Hotel Paris-Madrid is closed permanently. Any thoughts? Thanks! Nancy
  19. nreyn12

    Question about Fete du Roi in Le Puy in September

    Hey all, Has anyone attended the Fete du Roi in Le Puy? I just realized that my preferred start date falls during the festival, and I am wondering what to expect. Will I be able to find pilgrim accommodation, or should I book ahead? Should I plan to hang around for the festival? Any input...