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Bridget and Peter

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La Isla to Santiago Sept/Oct 2014
In a weeks time we will be on our way to Paris by train, to travel on to Limoges and thence to cycle to Santander on the next stage of our segmented pilgrimage.

As always, as we get nearer previously unconsidered queries pop up. So does anyone have anything helpful to say about the following....?

1. Might we need sleeping mats on the Norte in late Sept? We are taking sleeping bags (old, down, light and squashable) and sheet sleeping bags and sarongs to wrap around pillows or clothes if necessary, to be ready for most bedding needs, but have been assuming we would at least find a mattress.

2. I am humming and hawing about how to join up the Via Lemocivencis and the del Norte.
First option: at Orthez turn right and cycle along the river into Bayonne (I have 1:100000 map which shows possible quiet roads among the motorway and other main roads). But I bet there'll be the noise of motorway all along.
Second option: cycle on down the Chemin/Vezelay route at least to St Palais, then make our way to Hendaye avoiding Bayonne completely, maybe through Hasparren, Cambo-les-Bains, St-Pee-sur-Nivelle (I know I should learn how to find accents on the keyboard) and Ascain. Obviously there'd be no pilgrim gites, but probably gites rurals or roadside hotel/restaurants.

3. We have about 3 or 4 hours spare in Paris on Saturday afternoon, when we have to make our way from Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz. We know the way, roughly, because we did it the other way coming home last year. But, given that we will have laden bikes to protect, does anyone have a good idea about where we could go to amuse ourselves, or sit in beautiful surroundings, or eat a proper meal. As we don't arrive in Limoges until 9.30 and will be probably be ready for bed after an early start, if we don't eat a meal in Paris it will be picnic food all day, which gets a bit boring!
 
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KiwiNomad06

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Sorry I don't know a good eating spot, but you know you can take your bikes on the RER (rather than the metro) within Paris outside of peak hours if you want to? So if you wanted to, you could get on the RER B at Gare du Nord and go as far as St Michel-Notre Dame. You could take separate looks-around from there, if you wanted, while one minded the bikes. Or the newly restored Tour St Jacques is near by with a little seating area near it. Then you could hop on RER C for Gare d'Austerlitz. Only problem with this scenario is that I can't remember which of these stations has a lift you could use instead of stairs. Maybe Gare du Nord, but maybe not St Michel-Notre Dame. It is too long since I did it to remember!
Margaret
 

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Saint-Jacques Tower is a Parisian monument located in the IVe arrondissement. This 52-m Flamboyant Gothic tower is all that remains of the former church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie ("Saint James of the butchery"). The tower's rich decoration reflects the wealth of its patrons, the wholesale butchers of the nearby Les Halles market.
It was built in 1509 to 1523 and dedicated to Saint James the Great during the reign of François I, and welcomed pilgrims setting out on the road to Tours headed for the way of St James. A statue of the saint was installed on the top of the tower during the 19th century. The church, with the exception of the tower, was demolished in 1797.
 

Bridget and Peter

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Home to Reims 2007
Reims to Limoges 2008
Camino Ingles 2009
Limoges to Gernica 2009
Gernica to San Vicente de la Barquera 2010
San Vicente to La Isla 2012
La Isla to Santiago Sept/Oct 2014
Excellent idea - of course we should visit this St James tower - and we can take turns guarding the bikes while the other does a little exploring near by! Thanks, Margaret and Sil!
 

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Only 5 days to go now before you leave (we think).
Buen Camino
Tio Tel and Tia Valeria
 
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