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  1. Francescalignumvitae

    Boots, shoes or sandals

    Hello All, Footwear updates: As has been said by many others (and will continue to be a hot topic as our Soles are all important), the shoes one gets on with on a Camino are quite personal - YET there are generalities that can help a wide cross section of folks. LARGER SIZE SHOES - as...
  2. Francescalignumvitae

    Packing..do i really need a sleeping bag for October

    Hello All, Walked the Camino Frances last autumn (started on the 21st September!) carried my sleeping bag from SJPDP to Pamplona. Used it the first three nights (ie from SJPDP to Pamplona). 1. Had originally planned to post things forward to Santiago for myself as I was having a holiday in...
  3. Francescalignumvitae

    Credencial in Irun

    Hello Everyone, Simeon - have you gotten back yet?? You gave me some good tips last year for the Frances (which I completed late October before heading onto to Finisterre - fantastic the whole way!), then went on to do Porto to Santiago spring 2013 (also marvellous!) Looking to start the...
  4. Francescalignumvitae

    Sardines in Porto

    Hello All, Am heading out to Porto on Wednesday morning - taking a couple of days to chill (well, really warm up as the UK has had one of the longest coldest winters on record!) and then start walking on 26th April. Love fish. Love Sardines. LOVE GRILLED FISHY SARDINES! Where is 'the lady...
  5. Francescalignumvitae

    Boots, shoes or sandals

    Hello All UPDATE AFTER WALKING SJPP TO SANTIAGO: 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 to 29 OCTOBER and then on 31st OCT onto Finesterra. There is no wrong or right--- only informed and uninformed decisions. I allowed a busy pre-Camino schedule to hamper the quest for good walking shoes. Bought three pair of...
  6. Francescalignumvitae

    Post Office in Porto

    Hi Mark Antony, The Camino last year (for me) was truly epic, a marvellous outer and inner adventure. Not bitten by any bedbugs, but definitely bitten by the 'Camino' bug and now addicted.... the thought of heading out again makes me feel like a four year old with Christmas just days away ...
  7. Francescalignumvitae

    Camino Portuguese

    Hello All, Am heading out to Oporto on 24th April,will have a couple days in the city to look around and adjust to a bit of sun [has been an incredibly LONG WINTER here in England :( ], and then head north. Ordered the brierly book on this route from internet but there has been one hiccup...
  8. Francescalignumvitae

    Post Office in Porto

    Hello All, Have noticed that the last posting on this thread was in 2011! Am heading out to Oporto on the 24th of April (2013) and looking forward to having a couple of days in the city before starting to walk. Want to post some things to Santiago (am having a holiday in Spain/Portugal after...
  9. Francescalignumvitae

    30 days are enough from S.J to Santiago?

    Hello! Really liked what you wrote....walked SJPP to Santiago last autumn and would not have missed the whole walking into Burgos or Leon; it gave texture and contrast to the whole tapestry of my journey. Am heading out to Oporto in another 11 days and though I have a 'loose framework' of...
  10. Francescalignumvitae

    My comprehensive and honest packing list!

    Greetings All, Hello Julie, Koby and Nancy, Thanks for taking the time to post. Re the liner: yes it is a 'what if it is too warm to warrent the bag' but the idea is to use the liner instead--silk--as a barrier against bedbugs. This is a 'what if' I will respect and act upon. However, the...
  11. Francescalignumvitae

    My comprehensive and honest packing list!

    Greetings All, Would like some help re my packing list: (Newbie) Am heading out Friday 21 September Biarritz, SJPDP, Santiago (eventually). Still have a day or two to do some proper panic buying. Your advice and thoughts would be welcomed. The weight is hovering between 6.5 & 7kg . However...
  12. Francescalignumvitae

    my camino packing list

    Greetings All, Would like some help re my packing list: (Newbie) Am heading out Friday 21 September Biarritz, SJPDP, Santiago (eventually). Still have a day or two to do some proper panic buying. Your advice and thoughts would be welcomed. The weight is hovering between 6.5 & 7kg ...
  13. Francescalignumvitae

    Example packing list

    Greetings All, Well, alot to digest--but great--thank you each and all for taking the time to post. Think I will opt for gaiters (mostly to ward off wet feet/shoes; the poncho comes down below knee to calf). As my pack has aready hit 6.5kg (no water or food) was hoping to call a halt but...
  14. Francescalignumvitae

    Example packing list

    Greetings All, Heading out this Friday to SJPDP and on to Santiago: Thought I had rain covered with a wide brimmed waxed hat and the Ferrino Todomodo Poncho. As this last is XL it comes down to the calf although up and over a pack may raise it in back. Had thought this was negate the...
  15. Francescalignumvitae

    Camino Guide Books

    Greetings All, Heading off on the 21st of Sep and trying to fine tume the packing. Have the Brierly guide to Santiago, which is chock full of all sorts of good information, but slightly weighty. Also have the Michelin Camino de Santiago, which concentrates on maps/routes and weighs alot...
  16. Francescalignumvitae

    Reservations for Orrison

    Greetings All Hello Nancy, Thank you for adding this tip--it is a small thing--but good to know/do and will just make sure all is well. Bless you! Blessings to All, Francesca
  17. Francescalignumvitae

    Boots, shoes or sandals

    Greetings All, Flying out from UK to Biarritz in less than two weeks and still having thoughts about shoes, boots, sandels and feet . . . Have one of those desk calenders, each day's page has a little saying. Having been away for a few days, needed to rip off a few pages and as doing so...
  18. Francescalignumvitae

    Reservations for Orrison

    Greetings All, Hello Nancy, As things usually happen (for me at least), just when I started to wind myself up about not hearing from Orisson and letting my head lead the way rather than my heart/spirit, had to work away for a week (and away from my computer/email) and came back to a reply...
  19. Francescalignumvitae

    Biarritz airport to Bayonne and SJPP with bike

    Greetings All, Hello Margaret, Was looking at the very useful schedule / information you posted for folks. I am getting into Biarritz on Friday 21st Sept round 4:30. The train schedule I found on line suggested there was a train at 6pm-ish, so I figured if the flight/luggage/taxi ate the...
  20. Francescalignumvitae

    Reservations for Orrison

    Greetings All, I live in the UK: Called Orisson in the moring, was told to call back around noon to speak to someone in English and then the chap rang off quickly. Needing to run errands at that time, I rang right back and in adequate but rought French asked to make the reservation. Was...
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