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TMcA

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When I was there a couple of years ago there was a pilgrim mass every morning at 7AM. I am no longer "religious" (whatever that means), but I did attend the mass. After the mass the priest assembled all the pèlerins/randonneurs and blessed us. Then off we went. It was a nice way to start and I think you could meet some people who are also starting out that very morning. I'd bring your backpack because some start right after the mass.

Having said this, you might find that most of your fellow pèlerins/randonneurs are French. But you might meet some others who are not French.

Check with the tourist office in Le Puy just to be sure about this. (The website for the cathedral says that the mass is offered every morning at 7 - see link below).

Good luck.

 

lt56ny

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2021
It is tough going at the beginning but always beautiful. Hope you know some French. I didn't. I would recommend getting the Miam Do Do guide. I think that is how it is spelled. It is easy to figure out if you can't speak French. I use a Michelin Guide and I thought it was totally inadequate. The food is amazing and yes almost everyone is older and most are French. I heard from some alot of Germans, but that was not my experience. Of course the Pilgrims are great but very little English spoken but still I have great memories.
 

NorthernLight

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Miam Miam Do Do ... (loosely translated as Yummy Yummy Sleep, according to what I was told on the chemin, and isn't that a super name!)

My advice, there is so much up and down the first couple of weeks, keep your daily km modest to start with.

If you are going all the way to Santiago, after the separate pilgrim blessing after the mass in Le Puy, the priest will invite you to take one or two letters of prayer with you, to deposit at the tomb in SDC. These are letters of prayer written by the faithful, in multiple languages.
 

Jun Meng

The Only Way I know
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Camino Le Puy
When I was there a couple of years ago there was a pilgrim mass every morning at 7AM. I am no longer "religious" (whatever that means), but I did attend the mass. After the mass the priest assembled all the pèlerins/randonneurs and blessed us. Then off we went. It was a nice way to start and I think you could meet some people who are also starting out that very morning. I'd bring your backpack because some start right after the mass.

Having said this, you might find that most of your fellow pèlerins/randonneurs are French. But you might meet some others who are not French.

Check with the tourist office in Le Puy just to be sure about this. (The website for the cathedral says that the mass is offered every morning at 7 - see link below).

Good luck.

Thanks. We found the trail and going to the mass tomorrow
 
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Jun Meng

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It is tough going at the beginning but always beautiful. Hope you know some French. I didn't. I would recommend getting the Miam Do Do guide. I think that is how it is spelled. It is easy to figure out if you can't speak French. I use a Michelin Guide and I thought it was totally inadequate. The food is amazing and yes almost everyone is older and most are French. I heard from some alot of Germans, but that was not my experience. Of course the Pilgrims are great but very little English spoken but still I have great memories.
Thanks. We have our Dutch book and also internet. We met people in the Gita and yes most of them are French but we can always talk with gestures. Thanks.
 

Jun Meng

The Only Way I know
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Camino Le Puy
Miam Miam Do Do ... (loosely translated as Yummy Yummy Sleep, according to what I was told on the chemin, and isn't that a super name!)

My advice, there is so much up and down the first couple of weeks, keep your daily km modest to start with.

If you are going all the way to Santiago, after the separate pilgrim blessing after the mass in Le Puy, the priest will invite you to take one or two letters of prayer with you, to deposit at the tomb in SDC. These are letters of prayer written by the faithful, in multiple languages.
Thanks for the advice
 
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