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Paris to SDC

omar504

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I was wondering whether anyone had any details on the Paris to SDC route(via turonensis). I know of the booklet available from here but it seems a bit out of date.Google gave a few sites-mainly French.Has anyone walked this route and have any tips?
 

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Paris to Roncesvalles

Hi Omar,
In 2004 I walked from Orleans to Roncesvalles. You can read about it at http://www.amawalker.blogspot.com
The CSJ-UK offers a 1998 Paris Pilgrim City Guide and a pilgrim guide from Paris to the Pyrenees which now comes with up-dates.
I bought the book ‘Walking to Santiago’ by Dr. Mary E Wilkie who walked from Paris to Santiago in 1998. I also downloaded the walking schedule of Philippe Du Ngoc from his website on the Internet.

As we intended walking ± 28kms each day I pre-booked most of our accommodation. We booked five Youth Hostels that cost ± €9 each. I did ‘Google' searches for hotels and used the LOGIS and Federal Hotels web sites to book online. The average cost of a double room in France was €40 - €50 and in Spain €30 - €40. We only managed to stay in one refuge in France, a charming little gité in St Martin Lacaussade outside Blaye which we had all to ourselves. There are more refuges the further south you go and I do have a list of refuges if you would like a copy - just email me and I'll send it to you.

Our journey started in Paris. We got our first ‘tampon’ (stamp) at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. We then visited the Tour St Jacques (all that is left of the huge church of St Jacques-de-la-Boucherie) Rue St Jacques and St Julien-le-Pauvre. We had a one-hour train trip to Orleans where we started our pilgrimage on 13th May 2004.

The route from Orleans to Spain is nothing like the Camino Frances. Until one reaches Aulnay – about 300km from Orleans – there are no pilgrim signs and no places of refuge. We did not see another backpacking pilgrim until we reached Ostabat on our 26th day.
Much of our route was done on tarred roads, some frighteningly busy but we did try to take the petit rues suggested to us by locals. St James is evident in churches and cathedrals all along the route, especially in the church of St Jacques in Chatellerault which displays one of the most familiar, brightly coloured effigies of the saint with his hat and cape encrusted with scallop shells.

Between Aulnay and Mirambeau one can follow the ‘Les Chemins de St Jacques’ path with scallop shell steles for about 115km. We found it overgrown, indistinct in places and often difficult to follow. From DAX we did a side trip to Lourdes and spent a few hours there before returning to Peyrehorade to continue our walk. Four days later we reached Roncesvalles.

1 & 2. Paris City Guide and Paris to the Pyrenees. Available from the CSJ-UK. http://www.csj.org.uk
3. cranleigh@northnet.com.au Mary Wilkie’s Book on her walk from Paris to Santiago
4. philippe@doph.net Philippe Du Ngoc
5. http://www.federal-hotel.com Federal Hotels
6. http://www.logis-de-france.fr Logis Hotels

Hope this helps

[edit by ivar: changed...
4. http://www.philippe@doph.net Philippe Du Ngoc
to..
4. philippe@doph.net Philippe Du Ngoc
... since I assume this should be an e-mail address and not a link to a webpage]
 

omar504

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Thank you both for the replies.I tried the Phillipe du ngoc link but got 'syntax error'. The Mary Wilkie book looks interesting and I will no doubt get it to see whether I will attempt the Paris to SDC route. I'm also thinking of starting from either either Vezelay or Le Puy for which there are guide books but starting from Notre Dame in Paris has a certain appeal!
Thanks again
Kevin
 

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Try this link - it is a huge site with loads of info but also lots of pop-ups so put you Pop-up blocker on.

http://www.doph.net/
 

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omar504

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Thanks for the web site. Ivar: it is a www site-will have a good look through it.
thanks silly doll-or can I just call you silly?
Kevin
 

sillydoll

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Hi there Kevin,
You can call me Sil, Silly, Silvie, Doll (like my husband has for nearly 40 years!).

The http://www.doph.net website is really worthwhile visiting. He gives maps, routes, cities etc for most of the Jacobean paths and also one from Paris to Santiago to Jerusalem. If you click on Jerusalem and scroll to the bottom of the page there are 2 pdf file links - one is 6 pages long (a description of the routes) and the other more detailed one is 27 pages long.

Keep the web site handy in case you decide to visit the three most popular Christian pilgrimage destinations in one long trip - Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem.

Sil
Silly
Silvie
Doll
Silly-doll
 

omar504

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Thanks again. the Danish fellow I me on the VDLP last may told me about a Polish man who was lost at sea and made a vow that if he was saved he would undertake a pilgrimage. he was saved and in one go walked to all 3 sites-Rome, Jerusalem and SDC-needless to say he was looking forward to reaching SDC-the last stage.
 
#10
Now you have me going

Sil,

Now you've got me thinking I should get my first stamp in Paris before heading by train to Lourdes & beyond.
 

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Oh dear Rob, this forum is dangerous to your wealth!
Soon you will flying to England to start at Canterbury in England where many Jacobean pilgrims of old started out.
Then we will have you crossing the channel to Paris where you can get a stamp 'tampon' at Notre Dame or St Julien de Pauvre where the Paris pilgrims started their various pilgrimages.
Isn't it wonderful how one's plans grow to encompass all these marvelous places!
Sil
 

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