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Walking from Notre Dame in Paris to SJPDP

2020 Camino Guides

lthrnck55

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2014

Camino Frances via Lourdes Sept/Oct/Nov 2020 ( Hopefully )
I am going to be flying into Paris. Will probably spend a few days there and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. I would like to begin my Pilgrimage from there. Is there a recommended/prefered route?
 

Kathar1na

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
For lack of a better place I am posting this here. The French magazine Le Pèlerin has obtained permission to take some photographs inside Notre-Dame de Paris. It is now nearly a year since the great fire. The photos are of a strange ethereal beauty. "Wounded but not destroyed", it says in the article. It would not be fair to copy-paste the photos here although I'd love to do that.

So here is the link. There's a gallery of five photos after the first paragraph, and eight more further down.

 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
These photos are transfixing. The charred remains of the forest of roof timbers...and then the rose window. Somehow the walls and windows stand, in spite of the damage. It is somehow bracing at this time, when we are all facing challenges.

Thank you @kather1na!
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
It brings tears to my eyes. I have been fortunate enough to see this mighty cathedral on three visits to Paris. I doubt I will be fortunate enough to live to see it restored. 😭😭😭
 

jl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
I would like to begin my Pilgrimage from there
Your other option is to start at Tour Saint-Jacques - or make your way past it on your way out of the city. Cheers, Janet
 

Thornley

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
I am going to be flying into Paris. Will probably spend a few days there and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. I would like to begin my Pilgrimage from there. Is there a recommended/prefered route?
Or Sacre Coeur where there are plenty of arrows and a good vibe.
Take your time getting out and watch the roads.
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
It brings tears to my eyes. I have been fortunate enough to see this mighty cathedral on three visits to Paris. I doubt I will be fortunate enough to live to see it restored. 😭😭😭
Have Faith !!! 👍
Happy Easter 🐰✌🙏
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
For lack of a better place I am posting this here. The French magazine Le Pèlerin has obtained permission to take some photographs inside Notre-Dame de Paris. It is now nearly a year since the great fire. The photos are of a strange ethereal beauty. "Wounded but not destroyed", it says in the article. It would not be fair to copy-paste the photos here although I'd love to do that.

So here is the link. There's a gallery of five photos after the first paragraph, and eight more further down.
Thank you @Kathar1na
Hard to believe.... 1 year.... and look where we are.... 😢
 
oh wow. i haven't heard of that. thanks for posting.
lthrnck55, that's a long time post. what was the route you've taken?
there is a flat stone marker in the square next to the cathedral which was a starting point for pilgrims a long time ago. I stood there long before I actually went on Camino 2004. If you have time, look for it and say a word or two for me whilst you are at it. Walk soft, stay safe and buen Camino

The Malingerer.
 

Ineir19

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
i would really love to be there to be honest. but i seriously doubt that with all this recipes covid situation we're allowed. plus, i don't really want to take the risk. nonetheless, i would plan it later.
 
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JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
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I am going to be flying into Paris. Will probably spend a few days there and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. I would like to begin my Pilgrimage from there. Is there a recommended/prefered route?
The traditional starting point is actually the Tour Saint Jacques which is a couple hundred yards north of Notre Dame.

The route is the Voie de Paris/Voie de Tours -- but there are two main variants ; one via Orléans, which is supposedly the "official" one", and another via Chartres, which I'd actually recommend as it gets you quickest into nature, and the pilgrimage to Chartres is itself quite wonderful, as is Chartres itself and especially its magnificent cathedral.

Though there is actually a third alternative, in which you'd walk to Orléans from Chartres -- that would mean taking a DIY route between the two with doubts about somewhere to sleep, but OTOH you get to talk a walk along the Loire and see Chartres, whereas on the normal route via Chartres you'd only cross the river at Tours.

From Tours it's pretty straightforward, you just follow the waymarks.

EDIT : oh, old thread syndrome LOL -- heh, never mind
 

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