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  1. gypsy9

    Bites

    Stayed in municipal in SJPP recently and was itching the whole night—didn’t sleep much and couldn’t ID any bedbugs—in the morning I saw about nine large round welts—sore and itchy..on my face ..chin..nowhere else thank heavens—.are they from spiders ? Lass in above bunk had no problems—they...
  2. gypsy9

    Bites

    Stayed in municipal inSJPP recently and was itching the whole night—didn’t sleep much and couldn’t ID any bedbugs—awoke w about nine large round welts—sore and itchy...are they from spiders ? Lass in above bunk had no problems—they disappeared after three days and no further “incidents”—i don’t...
  3. gypsy9

    Decisions soon—Advice please! Bilbao or irun?

    Hola! Feeling so blissful w some great walking. Lourdes to Roncesveaux—crowds too much now for me now tho—considering del Norte from Pamplona but bus to irun from Pamplona so late in the day for me—6pm—bus to Bilbao—can I get to irun easily? Or begin Camino from Bilbao—don’t want road walking as...
  4. gypsy9

    Cluny to Le Puy en Velay (and onward)

    Bonjour! As the title suggests, this is my plan for early July/late June. If you have walked this way, would you recommend the orange guidebook put out by CSJ? It is in English (important for me) and seems from the website to be comprehensive. It is called, The Lightfoot guide to the Via...
  5. gypsy9

    How to reach Carcassonne from Paris?

    Hello, I am interested in stepping out from Carcassonne and would love any tips on the best route from Paris (not on foot!). Thank you in advance.
  6. gypsy9

    Why Chemin du Puy most popular...?

    I have been mulling over the fact that Chemin du Puy is the most popular of all the French routes. Why is this so? Is it simply because the scenery/UNESCO World Heritage towns are so stunning? (especially the first ten days to Conques). I am very much looking forward to taking the Vezelay route...
  7. gypsy9

    Bon jour, any May-pilgrims?!

    Bon jour fellow (soon-to-be) pilgrims, I am planning to walk from Auxerre to Vezelay around the 28th of May. Then onward to Santiago as June unfolds. Feels surreal at this point in time! I do have great walking shoes that are super comfortable (Merrell). So I am 90% prepared! These posts have...
  8. gypsy9

    Vezelay joining Chemin du Puy

    Hello all, I read in a post (somewhere?!) of the Vezelay Route joining Chemin du Puy. Does this mean one walks from Vezelay to Le Puy (on a separate trail to traditional Vezelay Route-northern or southern) Any info is greatly appreciated. I am intending to begin in Auxerre and then onward to...
  9. gypsy9

    accommodation in Auxerre and..is this camino well way-marked?

    Bon jour! I am thinking of beginning my camino in Auxerre (as posters suggest it is a place well worth visiting and I am in no rush!) Can you suggest pilgrim type accommodation in Auxerre please? Is the trail to Vezelay on the main road or is there a walking trail that is well signed? I would...
  10. gypsy9

    Would like to stay in church/monasteries along Chemin du Puy

    hello pilgrims, I would specifically like to stay in monasteries/churches along Chemin du Puy. I do not mind simple/rustic as architecture and possible mass wins over gastro for this pilgrim.. I was hoping that someone had information regarding where to stop: villages and monastery names? I am...
  11. gypsy9

    Some queries for departing mid July...um...like...soon!

    Bonjour! I am gearing up to travel Le Puy Route July 17th. The blogs and photos look absolutely gorgeous.I am excited to walk this Way, but also a wee anxious...yes, I have those common concerns and so am seeking a little reassurance from the more seasoned Via Podiensa walkers. Firstly, the...
  12. gypsy9

    Transport from CDG to ORLY...some advice por favor!

    Hello soon-to-be-pilgrims I have looked at quite a few posts regarding this info and some mention catching a shuttle bus or RER train (from terminal 2) to Orly. I was hoping someone could give me some specific info about getting from CDG to Orly? I have three hours once I arrive in Paris and I...
  13. gypsy9

    Bayonne to St Jean Pied du Port by foot

    Hello I noted that it is possible to walk El Camino beginning in Bayonne (Camino Baztan on Caminoguide.net). There is a fork in the road at Ustaritz- the left road leads to St Jean Pied de Port and then the right is the Baztan route which bypasses St Jean and the Pyrenees. I was wondering...
  14. gypsy9

    Sending case from SJPP to Santiago (via Pamplona!)

    Hello all, I am trying to track down a very useful post I read (alas, to no avail), and thus am creating my own. I am arriving in Paris with one case and one "Camino" backpack. Obviously, I wish to send this case onto Santiago (Yes, I have the address for Pension Badalada). I understand that...
  15. gypsy9

    The mystical and unexplained....

    Hello to all pilgrims or soon-to-be-pilgrims Given that these ancient and sacred pilgrim routes are positioned along the ley lines of the earth and, according to legend, aligned with the "stars"- the Milky Way...I was wondering about unusual or mysterous sightings. Anyone have any experiences...
  16. gypsy9

    Bunions...

    Dear seasoned walkers I have one tender bunion on my left foot and I am aware of this when I walk for long distances (I do have shoes with a broad toe area). I have had this bunion for several years and the pain is certainly not unbearable after a couple of hours of walking-just aches. But, I...
  17. gypsy9

    Travel by train

    Hello, I have been searching the internet for days now and somehow am growing a little more confused...! So, I am really hoping someone may provide some pointers or info! I am intending to catch a train from Paris to SJPP After the pilgrimage, I am thinking to catch a train from Madrid or...
  18. gypsy9

    Low budget pilgrim on a one way ticket to Paris

    Hello good pilgrims! Oh, I am so looking forward to stepping upon the Pilgrim's Path mid/late September. Yesterday, I booked a most reasonable fare (miralgo!) from San Fran to Paris. yes, making this happen. I am using the next five months to save for this trip and to have some $$ for the...
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