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  1. Bridget and Peter

    Craziest thing you've seen someone bring on Camino

    I have decided against the trangia. Packing paperback copy of The Brothers Karamazov instead. And the 'thermoplongeur' water boiler in a cup thingy for cup of tea emergencies. Not the dodgy one which plunged a whole albergue into darknes. That went in a bin.
  2. Bridget and Peter

    Craziest thing you've seen someone bring on Camino

    I am considering whether to take a possibly crazy item when I cycle from Pamplona on the Frances starting next Monday or so. Let me explain first. We have previously cycled then walked in stages from the UK all the way to SdeC via the Vezelay route and the Camino de Norte. Once we got past...
  3. Bridget and Peter

    Starting to plan for my del Norte camino

    You can start from anywhere! Bilbao would be as good as anywhere. There is a famous 'transporter bridge' at Portugalete, at the mouth of the inlet that Bilbao lies beside. Crossing on it would be a memorable beginning. There are albergues and cheapie hotels in aplenty on Bilbao.
  4. Bridget and Peter

    Starting to plan for my del Norte camino

    What a brilliant idea! The Norte takes you past stunning beaches, which should add to the carrots. As for which section would be best, I will look up my diaries and find a few names of places where I recall walking on or beside beaches. But doing the research and making a decision is part of the...
  5. Bridget and Peter

    Getting from Santander to Pamplona

    We are well, thank you. We are still in the midst of our Sloe Project, actually building an extension at long last. The grandchildren have both multiplied and grown larger. We have survived a 15 month interregnum and I am editing a regional newsletter for quilters, so occasional escapes seem...
  6. Bridget and Peter

    Getting from Santander to Pamplona

    I think my smart phone is not smart enough and my tablet too stuffed! I must upgrade my phone before departure. However, I have now got as far as this - Feve from Santander to Bilbao. Euskotren from Bilbao to Donostia/San Sebastian. Renfe from San Sebastian to Pamplona. The last is a little...
  7. Bridget and Peter

    Getting from Santander to Pamplona

    Thank you. Very helpful. I did wonder about the Euskotren but I wasn't sure whether it went further east than Gernika. We had no problem taking bikes from Gernika to Bilbao in the past. It's going to be an adventure just getting to Pamplona! I shall probably have to resort to the batty old...
  8. Bridget and Peter

    Getting from Santander to Pamplona

    Hello, Barbara. We met somewhere is southern France in 2009,I think. You and Daley were staying with a Dutch lady! I use Seat61 a lot. It is a brilliant site and tells me clearly which Spanish trains are not bike friendly. But it's hard to find out whether the trains I am being offered are the...
  9. Bridget and Peter

    Getting from Santander to Pamplona

    Help please. I have decided to cycle the Frances from Pamplona this March. (My husband and I have previously cycled and walked in stages from England via the CdeNorte so a) Santander and Bilbao are familiar territory and b) I want to experience the Frances route). I have booked the ferry from...
  10. Bridget and Peter

    Feb or March on the Frances with a bicycle?

    I am thinking about taking myself on a solo pilgrimage next year, late winter or early spring. My husband and I have cycled/walked from home (UK) to S de C in stages via the Vezelay and Norte routes, and also walked the Ingles in the first week of March, so not new to pilgimaging, or indeed to...
  11. Bridget and Peter

    camino del norte du 11/09/14 au 19/10/14

    Thank you, Tia Valeria, for your welcome back. I recall Ribadesella well, as we walked down that hill and a couple of days later back up it to take the train back to Llanes, about two and a half years ago. It was Holy Week. We also bought new walking shoes there, which will be returning with...
  12. Bridget and Peter

    camino del norte du 11/09/14 au 19/10/14

    HI Ksam We are returning to the Norte this September. We fly into Santander on wed 17th, hope to get a train or bus to Ribadesella next day and then a local bus to La Isla where we made our unexpected end in April 2012. So, setting off from La Isla on 19th. I think you will be too far ahead for...
  13. Bridget and Peter

    LADIES: Please take handkerchiefs!

    well done Annie. Yes, if we all picked up some rubbish whenever we had a spare plastic bag or two, even if only for a little while, it would make a real difference. Not just to the look of the camino, but also to attitudes - gradually it might become the norm to tidy up after oneself...
  14. Bridget and Peter

    Pictures from the Norte

    Not very challenging. Some long stages between refuges, or refuges shut between Oct - April or May, so if you can manage to afford the odd cheap hotels (hostales etc) there'll be no problem. Beautifuil coastal scenery, fewer pilgrims, interesting places - Gernika, Bilbao, Santander, Santillana...
  15. Bridget and Peter

    Alberges and passport stamps in Holland?

    Thanks Jan, but I left it too late to order one. I'm now tonight at Haastrecht, having cycled from Hotel van Holland via Delft. So tomorrow I am hoping to find the Pad and approximately cycle along it. I was hoping to connect up with american acquaintances who do have your guide, but they have...
  16. Bridget and Peter

    Alberges and passport stamps in Holland?

    Thank you! I did wonder about Masseik being in Belgium!
  17. Bridget and Peter

    Alberges and passport stamps in Holland?

    I am going to be cycling along the Pelgrimspad in two weeks time. I am struggling to get information about it - even when I translate the Dutch site via Google translate it is still baffling me! I think I have discovered that there are some pilgrim alberques/refugios/gites in some places, eg...
  18. Bridget and Peter

    Cycling the Pelgrimspad - a solo adventure

    Thanks, LT. Do you know how I could get a guidebook with maps in Dutch? I don't mind doing some work with a dictionary! I have been to lovely Amsterdam previously. This time I am going to concentrate on small towns and the countryside. thanks for your help Bridget
  19. Bridget and Peter

    Camino del Norte April 2012, blog and photo album

    Lovely to see your photos and read your blog. Our pilgrimage on the Norte was cut short at the beginning of April - you have fired me up to plan when to return! God blass Bridget
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