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  1. mark connolly

    Je m'en vais! I'm off!

    I was at The Cloisters yesterday! Although I don't know which exact piece from the Abbaye you are referring to (any additional info will help). I will go back to see it again. As far as the story of the American who brought back, etc,, It was acquired by George Grey Barnard who (i belive) was of...
  2. mark connolly

    Vezelay route

    Posted this a couple of weeks ago: as per https://www.voiedevezelay.eu/en/tracks-guides: (April 7, 2022) Please note: due to the reception of Ukrainian refugees, some municipal hostels are closed to pilgrims. We will update this post regularly. Also keep an eye out for the monthly updates...
  3. mark connolly

    Discount airline flying from JFK/MCO/FLL/LAX to Oslo

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/norse-airlines-launch-transatlantic-flight-deals/ FYI: Since St. Olav's Way is only walkable in the summer, airfares maybe more expensive, etc. Hope this helps, good luck. Mark
  4. mark connolly

    LIVE from the Camino The French Way - NobleHiker Chronology

    As far as the eyeglasses go, I would advise you to keep them. You would not believe how many times I lost a pair of reading glasses or sunglasses on the Camino. When I was on the Camino del Norte, I stopped by a Santander ATM to use. I have an account with Santander (FYI Santander has Branches...
  5. mark connolly

    Iberia Express Check-in @ Barajas

    Check with the airline. If you book a ticket online, they will send you info via email concerning the Gate number and which Terminal you would depart from. As peregrina2000 asked, are going to or fro? Are you arriving from the US and plan to make a connection to another European/Spain...
  6. mark connolly

    Vezelay Route FYI

    as per https://www.voiedevezelay.eu/en/tracks-guides: (April 7, 2022) Please note: due to the reception of Ukrainian refugees, some municipal hostels are closed to pilgrims. We will update this post regularly. Also keep an eye out for the monthly updates. Hope this helps. Mark
  7. mark connolly

    Article/Slideshow about the Mejorada del Campo near Madrid

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/inside-the-unfinished-cathedral-left-behind-by-an-eccentric-monk/ss-AAUedGu?ocid=msedgntp#image=1
  8. mark connolly

    Downtown Madrid to Pamplona

    Info I posted on another thread: The third time I did my camino, I took the bus from the airport to Atocha Train Station. Stayed at a cheap hotel, (I believe) CC Atocha right by the train station. Game plan was to stay there for 2 nights and then get the train to Pamplona. The Prado Musuem and...
  9. mark connolly

    $31 pack?

    Bought an Ozark Trial 65L backpack @ Walmart for about $50-60. It lasted me 2 caminos and has held up better than the one I bought @ LL Bean for $200. Go with it. If something happens, you can always buy another one in Spain. Good Luck. Mark
  10. mark connolly

    Hostel in Madrid - which area?

    The third time I did my camino, I took the bus from the airport to Atocha Train Station. Stayed at a cheap hotel, (I believe) CC Atocha right by the train station. Game plan was to stay there for 2 nights and then get the train to Pamplona. The Prado Musuem and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte...
  11. mark connolly

    Post a Picture of Shoes or Boots

    not mine, saw these on the side of the road.
  12. mark connolly

    A 600-Mile Recreational Trail Is Coming to the West’s Sierra Nevada

    https://www.afar.com/magazine/600-mile-lost-sierra-route-trail-coming-to-sierra-nevada
  13. mark connolly

    Alternate route to Sarria

    You can take a train from Sarria to Baamonde and pick up the Norte from there.
  14. mark connolly

    2021 Le Puy budget

    Just came back from my walk from Le Put to St Jean Pied de Port, and yes as everybody has stated, it is a bit more expensive. As one poster mentioned above the gites with demi-pension evens it out or cut down on expenses, etc. Without getting into a fourty-five minute lecture, i will offer on...
  15. mark connolly

    Backpack transfer in the northern route now?

    Just got back from the Camino Norte and I did not notice any of those envelopes in any of the alburgues until I got closer to Santiago. (If there is bag transfer available at the alburgues, transfer companies will have envelopes where you would fill out your info on them, deposit money in the...
  16. mark connolly

    LIVE from the Camino Just cleared customs in Paris from the US

    I think it is just that, they are being processed by date of arrivel. I don't think it is a coincidence that in the Subject line of your email, you are asked to type in your date of arrival. I arrive on the 30th of August, so I am expecting to hear from them in a day or two. With that being...
  17. mark connolly

    The House of the Rising Sun- in Conques

    Sorry I have not gotten back to you sooner. Hope all is well on the Norte. This Ca Stevevns song...... .......is based on a Welch hymm. Buen Camino Mark
  18. mark connolly

    LIVE from the Camino Just cleared customs in Paris from the US

    Thank you for the info/update. Planning to start the Le Puy route on September 3rd, so any info, no matter how trivial about your walk will be greatly appreciated. Also I believe the words vacation and vaccination are related. Good luck. Bon Chemin. Mark
  19. mark connolly

    OBSOLETE COVID THREAD Health Pass ( QR Code) update for Americans from Le Puy

    Thank you for the info/update. Planning to start the Le Puy route on September 3rd, so any info, no matter how trivial about your walk will be greatly appreciated. Good luck. Bon Chemin. Mark
  20. mark connolly

    LIVE from the Camino Accommodation experience, first 8 nights

    Thanks for the info. I'm thinking of doing the Norte after I complete the Le Puy Route in September, So any info about the Norte no matter how small or trivial, will be greatly appreciated. Good Luck. Buen Camino Mark
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