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Geneva to Le Puy Route

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pilgr

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For English speakers, any recommendations for guide books and apps?
 

mspath

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Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
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Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
For English speakers, any recommendations for guide books and apps?
Yes. The recommendation is to get comfortable with some French. :) So far I have the "yellow book" in German for route description, the "yellow guide" on lodgings from the Amis organization, and a couple iPhone map apps in French. Bon chemin!
 

kaixo

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Camino Frances 2012
Camino del Norte 2012
Geneva/Le Puy/SJPP/Bilbao 2015
Prague/Geneva ?
I know you asked for English guides but here's my recommendation:
http://www.csj.org.uk/product/chemin-de-st-jacques-de-compostelle-de-geneve-au-puy-en-velay/
I don't speak French or German but this guide worked out great for me.
Maps, elevations, kms, accommodations, and services. It's extremely informative, inexpensive, weight is 90g. It is strictly business, no history, no museums, no flora or fauna.
Buy it now and familiarize yourself with the layout and terminology and you will do great.
Bon chemin.
 
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ChloeRose

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy route and Camino Frances 2015/16
I met an American woman walking the Le Puy route with absolutely no French skills. It was tough! But she made it work with some pigeon sign-language and a good guide book.

I'd suggest getting the latest Miam Miam Dodo (for accommodations and utilities in each town, it's in French but uses easy to understand symbols)

As well as the Michelin Guide for more accurate distance measures.

Hope that helps! Buen Camino :)
 
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pilgr

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I met an American woman walking the Le Puy route with absolutely no French skills. It was tough! But she made it work with some pigeon sign-language and a good guide book.

I'd suggest getting the latest Miam Miam Dodo (for accommodations and utilities in each town, it's in French but uses easy to understand symbols)

As well as the Michelin Guide for more accurate distance measures.

Hope that helps! Buen Camino :)
is there a place in Le Puy to get these? I think I have seen Madam Dodo on Amazon, but not Michelin Guide from Le Puy
 

ChloeRose

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy route and Camino Frances 2015/16
is there a place in Le Puy to get these? I think I have seen Madam Dodo on Amazon, but not Michelin Guide from Le Puy
I never bought the Michelin Guide, just took a photo each morning of the daily route in another pilgrim's pamphlet. I believe it can be purchased in convenience or pilgrim stores along the route, and definitely from the cathedral shop in Le Puy when you first arrive (they have a lot of last minute route-specific items available in the cathedral).
 

rgutena

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via Podiensis (2016); Camino Portugues (2017); Via Regia (2018)
I had this one downloaded onto my iPad. It is a good guide book with very detailed walking instructions, but the maps are rudimentary, so you will need to get some proper maps separately. (Alternatively, the GPS track of the trail can be found online, which can be downloaded directly onto your GPS app.) I hardly used this book though while walking from Aumont-Aubrac to Conques last year. That section of the trail was pretty well-marked and my intermediate French was more than enough for me to get by. I had planned my walk using a French guidebook which may not be of assistance to you.
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Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
Be aware there are two different (but connected) routes being discussed in this thread:
(1) the Via Gebennensis runs from Geneva to Le Puy
(2) the Via Podiensis runs from Le Puy to St Jean Pied de Port

The second section, from Le Puy onward, is much more heavily travelled and is covered by the Miam Miam Dodo, Cicerone, and Michelin guides. The first section is lightly travelled, and covered by the French-language and German-language guides from the Amis and Conrad-Stein.
 

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