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St Antoine after Auvillar: shop closed

Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
#1
If like me you relied on MMDD information about the shop La Coquille in St Antoine after Auvillar to get your lunch, a word of caution. The shop has been closed (I believe the owners went bankrupt).
Just before getting to the centre of the village, there's a road on your left, and a local woman has set up a caravan where she sells drinks and sandwiches.
Otherwise you have to continue to Flamarens to get something to eat.
 

Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Via Podiensis 2015
#2
The gite is closed, too! (Lots of business opportunities in Saint-Antoine right now...)
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#3
I would say, the rule of thumb on the Le Puy route is to always plan to self-cater your lunch. And on top of that, to anticipate resupply closures by always carrying two (or even three) days' worth of lunch foodstuffs. It might even become dinner one night. Coming across a restaurant or cafe timely for the mid-day meal happened to me exactly three times on the entire route. And the picnicked suppers actually outnumber the cafe-lunches. #hungrypilgrim
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Burgos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2018)
#4
I don't recall ever buying lunch on this route. Each morning I would buy a demi-baguette and some cheese or ham, and some fruit, from the boulangerie/epicerie in the town or village I'd spent the night, fill my Thermos with hot water and a little milk on top of a teabag, et voila - lunch, to be eaten wherever the fancy took me.

(Or, more realistically, wherever I could find somewhere to sit down - church porches a favourite when raining.)

Anyone who has walked the CF should be prepared for the almost total absence of coffee stops/food shops and facilities in general between towns on this route. Which, I think, adds greatly to its charm. That and the scenery, of course.
 

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