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Ângela Massa

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Camino(s) past & future
Le-Puy + CF (2020)
Hello, my name is Ângela, I'm 24 and I want to do the Camino Frances next April (2020). But I want to start some kms before SJPdP. Do you think that starting from Bordeaux is a good option? Do you have any other suggestions for a starting point (before SJPdP) and why? I'm open to any recommendations/new idea
SJPdP-Santiago has a lots of information, so I have questions about Bordeaux-SJPdP:
(the questions are also applicable to your possible suggestion route with other initial point)

-How much time do you think I need to get Santiago? 40 days +/-?
-From Bordeaux is the route really well marked? (this is a really important question) Smartphone with gps is enough to do the trail?
-The albergues or other similar places require a pre reservation?
-Between April first and May is a good time in terms of weather, right?
-Is dangerous do the path from initial point to SJPdP "alone"?
 

David

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Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Hi Angela - Bordeaux to St Jean starts of with days of being flat and level. This is the area named Les Landes and was once under the sea. It is now all pine forests but there are almost no tracks so there is a few days walking with traffic and absolutely nothing to see except pine tress - there are also some large horse flies down there too.

Possibly a more pleasant route would be to pick up on the Le Puy Camino route as it is rather beautiful and goes through some lovely towns and villages. Moissac is a good starting place as it has a main line train station so is easy to get to - have a look at the route maps you can find online. Another plus for starting somewhere like Moissac is that you would eventually go through the town of Condom - the perfect place to send postcards home telling people you are being safe :D.

Time to Santiago? Who knows? Guide books go for 35 days-ish from St Jean but this does not allow for injury or rest days .. if you want to start somewhere in France and also take it easy you might be better factoring in at least 50 days.

Signage in France is not quite like Spain - the routes go along French walking routes - the GR - and they have their own colours. As they are for walkers as well as pilgrims they tend to be marked pretty well.

I can't answer the pre-reservation question as I never do that, I never know how far I will walk and am quite happy to see how it turns out at the end of the day, each day.

Spring in western Europe is normally pleasant, warm and sunny - but we have been having odd weather systems the last few years- it could be hot and sunny, it could be cold rain, it could even snow! so you would need to keep an eye on the forecasts as you get closer to going - but on the whole it is usually a lovely time to walk. mind you, I was out doing first aid in April this year and it was freezing!! So cold that I became ill. (Or maybe me being ill made me think it was colder than it was).

The danger you speak of I also cannot answer. Bad things happen everywhere, true, but on the whole Caminos are safe. Though there will be less pilgrims in France so you will be walking alone a lot of the time. I have never heard of a pilgrim having problems in France.

All the above is not 'truth' but only my opinion, so do make your own choices after getting in all the info.

Enjoy the planning!!
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
In 2012 we found there was little on offer as far a accommodation was concerned, plus we knew next to nothing about Camino life. Thing May have greatly changed now.
I've been told one needs to contact the Mairie (town hall) in each stopping place and enquire about accommodation locally.
There are regional pilgrim associations, they will have accommodation lists.

We abandoned that stretch , took a train from Bordeaux to Dax, bus from there and walked from St.Palais to Ostabat to Saint Jean Pied de Port.
 

Ângela Massa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le-Puy + CF (2020)
Hi Angela - Bordeaux to St Jean starts of with days of being flat and level. This is the area named Les Landes and was once under the sea. It is now all pine forests but there are almost no tracks so there is a few days walking with traffic and absolutely nothing to see except pine tress - there are also some large horse flies down there too.

Possibly a more pleasant route would be to pick up on the Le Puy Camino route as it is rather beautiful and goes through some lovely towns and villages. Moissac is a good starting place as it has a main line train station so is easy to get to - have a look at the route maps you can find online. Another plus for starting somewhere like Moissac is that you would eventually go through the town of Condom - the perfect place to send postcards home telling people you are being safe :D.

Time to Santiago? Who knows? Guide books go for 35 days-ish from St Jean but this does not allow for injury or rest days .. if you want to start somewhere in France and also take it easy you might be better factoring in at least 50 days.

Signage in France is not quite like Spain - the routes go along French walking routes - the GR - and they have their own colours. As they are for walkers as well as pilgrims they tend to be marked pretty well.

I can't answer the pre-reservation question as I never do that, I never know how far I will walk and am quite happy to see how it turns out at the end of the day, each day.

Spring in western Europe is normally pleasant, warm and sunny - but we have been having odd weather systems the last few years- it could be hot and sunny, it could be cold rain, it could even snow! so you would need to keep an eye on the forecasts as you get closer to going - but on the whole it is usually a lovely time to walk. mind you, I was out doing first aid in April this year and it was freezing!! So cold that I became ill. (Or maybe me being ill made me think it was colder than it was).

The danger you speak of I also cannot answer. Bad things happen everywhere, true, but on the whole Caminos are safe. Though there will be less pilgrims in France so you will be walking alone a lot of the time. I have never heard of a pilgrim having problems in France.

All the above is not 'truth' but only my opinion, so do make your own choices after getting in all the info.

Enjoy the planning!!
Thank you so much for your answer. After reading a lots of text, opinions and searching for information/ how to plan this journey I decided that I want to start in Le-Puy-en-Velay
 

David

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Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Or somewhere along that route that gives you the right amount of time - it is rather beautiful and civilised - the only downside of walking in France is the shock you will get when you start walking in Spain!
 

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