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  1. markmcilroy

    COVID Covid positive pilgrims arriving in SDC. (if any)

    With the covid numbers unfortunately starting to take off again in Spain (as in some other countries) do we have any idea how many (if any) of the pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela now which is around 400 a day or enroute to SDC become covid positive during their pilgrimage? Or don't...
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    Rocamadour too many tourists?

    We are thinking about walking the Rocamadour variant this May but 2 different websites say the tourist numbers in Rocamadour are massive i.e over 1 million people a year which is around 4,000 people a day assuming tourists only visit for 8-9 months of the year. So in a small village with fixed...
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    LIVE from the Camino Snowing in Chanaleilles

    We are Chanaleilles, which is 15km past Saugues on the Le Puy route, it has been snowing since very early morning. About 6-7 inches has settled and it’s minus 1. Some pilgrims have continued to walk but this is a planned rest day for us. Others have bussed out. At the moment we have the gite to...
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    Transport options, Lyon to Le Puy?

    We fly into Lyon on a train strike day May 7th (knowing that these strike days may change ) around midday and I am trying to sort out how to get down to Le Puy from the Lyon airport that afternoon. 1. BlaBlacar at the moment doesn't have any trips available. 2. There is a bus but this seems to...
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    Travel Insurance for New Zealanders

    We are planning our 3rd Camino in 3 years (Le Puy this time) and have just been checking out our travel insurance options. I checked a site that rates travel insurance products and the insurance from Countdown was rated very highly.....however on checking the policy wording any Hiking / trekking...
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    LIVE from the Camino Warning, fires on the path Tricastela to Samos

    I have just arrived in Samos after walking from Tricastela. I strongly suggest not to take this route until the fires have stopped. At one stage I had actual flames on both sides of the track well within arms reach. There are no fire fighters about as it seems they are fighting other fires. I...
  7. markmcilroy

    Most favourite/beautiful churches listed for you in walking order.

    Thanks for all your replies and comments to my question about what you consider to be your "favourite / most beautiful church on the Camino Frances". Your replies will certainly help many a pilgrim. I have taken the liberty of putting these in day order based on John Brierley's guide book of 33...
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    What is your most beautiful / favourite church on the CF?

    Last year was my first CF. I did my best to go inside as many churches as possible, as we know unfortunately some are locked. I still remember the absolute beauty in the "rawness and simplicity" of the church at Rabanal. As I'm doing it again in a few weeks I'd be interested to know what is...
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    Footprints: The Path of Your Life movie

    For all the Kiwi pilgrims: I have just watched the film,Footprints: The Path of your Life as it has just been put on Netflix in New Zealand last week. It is documentary about 10 pilgrims that follow the Norte route. The blisters look a touch painful.' Mark
  10. markmcilroy

    Helpful phone apps...

    Hi Pilgrims, Last year I walked the CF carrying my iphone, ipad (mini) and spare back up battery. This year when I walk it again (yes, I have the bug) I will only be taking the iphone as for me there is no real need for the other items as I never used them once. Before I left last year I came...
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