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I should hike the Piemont Route. Change my mind!

Malachiuri

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#1
I am considering attempting the Piemont in early Spring of 2020. My second attempt at the Frances was fun, a challenge and I had a blast, but Im looking for a more quiet experience next time. So far I have read through what I can find here and elsewhere and the Piemont looks darn good to me.

I am no stranger to France, I live there for a couple of months every year and am familiar with the culture. Unfortunately my french sucks since I spend most of my time in Brittany and everyone there wants to practice their English... sigh.

So, naturally I have a few questions and concerns.

1. How much of this route is paved vehicle road, how much is trail or rural farm road?

2. As of 2018 are there cheaper lodging options or do I need to plan on hotels? Im open to camping if I need to.

3. My French sucks, but I have 600 days to improve that. Will a smattering of tourist French be enough?

4. This is the hard bit. I want to start in Arles(a town I love) and end up in St Jean. Any planners or books recommendations? I have found many but not sure how to link up several of the routes that are outlined.

5. Do folks along the route know what the hell it is? I know of one church in Brittany where there is a camino shell marker in the sidewalk outside that the priest had no idea what it was or who put it there.

6. Can I please have a cookie?

Thanks all your your input and patience.
 

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TMcA

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#3
Link below furnished to get you started...French study-wise.:) Not too difficult to follow in French and there is always google translate to assist you. This will help you from Narbonne on.

From Arles you would take the Chemin d'Arles westward. From either Montpellier or Saint Gervais sur Mare you would leave the Arles route and head south towards Narbonne. This is based on my Michelin map of the pilgrimage routes in France.

Disclaimer: I have no first hand experience about these routes.

https://www.pelerins-compostelle.org//pelerinage-compostelle-chemin-piemont-etape-itineraire/

Bon chemin.

Tom
 
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Malachiuri

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St Jean to Burgos 2017
St Jean to Fisterra 2018
St Jean to Fisterra 2020 or Chemin Piemont
#5
You folks are truly amazing.

Thanks very much!

M
 

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