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  1. Simon

    COVID Albergue openings — Camino Francés — Summer 2020

    Wise words from Marie Noelle and colleagues. Delighted to see that they raised the funds they needed to plug the financial gap they were facing.
  2. Simon

    Help need Albergue de Peregrinos Emaus

    So pleased to be able to support the special albergue Emaus in Burgos and the superb hospitality offered by Marie Noelle and volunteers.
  3. Simon

    Walking from Le Puy for a week - and transport links.

    Thanks for these suggestions - this is very helpful and looks like a more realistic option. It looks like there a rail connection from A-A to Paris.
  4. Simon

    Walking from Le Puy for a week - and transport links.

    Hello fellow pilgrims Having completed the Camino Frances in 'chunks' over a few years, some friends and I are planning to walk for 7 or 8 days days from Le Puy, later this year. Can anyone suggest where would be the logical place to finish this section? I'm presuming we will get to St Chely...
  5. Simon

    Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil

    I'm just back from a memorable 9 days walking the Nativity Trail (Nazareth-Bethlehem), developed by some of the people who have brought us the Masar Ibrahim. Walked with two excellent guides, stayed with local families and visited places in the region I've always wanted to - it is highly...
  6. Simon

    Condolence book for Denise

    Deepest condolences to Denise's family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Peregrina
  7. Simon

    Monasteries

    in Burgos, the Sisters of Emmaus who run the friendly comfortable Hostel Emaus in c/Mateo Cerezo offer night prayer after dinner. Recommended.
  8. Simon

    Disappointment in the cathedral

    I entirely understand the need to fund the repairs and upkeep of an ancient building like this, and the larger cathedrals in the UK charge for entry - though generally if you state you are going in to pray they will let you through the turnstiles, and of course you don't pay to go to a worship...
  9. Simon

    Disappointment in the cathedral

    We had a similar experience last Saturday (October 5th) which upset a couple of my friends, one of whom has completed the Camino in 5 stages over five years and for whom, in some physical pain, the longed-for arrival was much anticipated. His tears of joy were turned to tears of frustration as...
  10. Simon

    New Zealand Pilgrims

    Hi there, I'm a member who's moved to Wellington from London and have so far walked O Cebreiro-Santiago, St Jean-Logrono, Logrono-Burgos and Burgos-Leon in separate years. I claim no expertise, but am happy to pass on any tips and thoughts. Cheers, Simon
  11. Simon

    What is the one Albergue that you would say not to miss

    Hi Linda and Emily My friends and I loved Albergue Emaus in Burgos, very slightly off the 'route', but we would highly recommend it. We were warmly welcomed and looked after by Marie Noelle the hospitalledero (of the Carmelite Order of Notre Dame de Vie) and her assistant. Comfy beds and...
  12. Simon

    First Night

    Apologies folks: I've obviously been lucky in the past. I hope you encounter friendly hospidalleros in Tui and Astorga. Buen Camino.
  13. Simon

    First Night

    As long as you have a Credencial you are eligible to stay in the albergue.
  14. Simon

    Good shoe shop uk?

    Cotswold Outdoor is my chosen shop for all things to do with walking shoes and the rest. Excellent service and knowledgable staff who will give you all the time you need, unlike some other stores!
  15. Simon

    BBC 4 Interview today - broadcast Monday 24th May 2010

    Re: BBC 4 Interview today - broadcast Monday 24th May A very good little programme and giving the Camino and your work some welcome publicity. Well done! Looking forward to getting back on the 'Way' with friends in mid June, from Burgos.
  16. Simon

    LIVE from the Camino Burgos Albergue

    Agreed totally. Although we'd heard of the new huge municipal refugio opened in the old city we decided to stay at Albergue Emaus in June 2009, and I would highly recommend it. We were warmly welcomed and well looked after by Marie Noelle the hospitalledero (of the Carmelite Order of Notre Dame...
  17. Simon

    Water bottle or hydration pouch ('camel back')?

    My vote is strongly with the 'camelback' pouch. I bought one specifically for my first Camino in 2006. I'll be using it again when I return for my fourth week's walk in June. Fits well at the top of my pack, in a plastic bag, and the tube can be clipped on your shoulder strap. Low maintenance...
  18. Simon

    Madrid bus stations

    Thanks very much - it's coming back to me now. Can't wait to be back on the Camino in June Buen Camino one and all!
  19. Simon

    Madrid bus stations

    I did this a few years ago but my memory is hazy. We're flying into Madrid airport in June and then walking a week or more from Burgos. Can anyone tell me the name and location of the bus station we need in central Madrid to catch a bus to Burgos? And then I shall probably do battle with the...
  20. Simon

    starting at El Cebreiro

    Hi Charles, we started at O Cebreiro in 2006. You can pick up the Credencial at the church in the village. Aim to get there in good time as the refugio fills up quite quickly. There's a thread of discussions on how to start at O Cebreiro here...
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