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Camino(s) past & future
2018
#1
I’ve already got my credencial, thanks to Ivar’s super efficient shop and delivery process, as well as a funky waterproof sleeve.

I’ve packed and repacked my bag and it’s pleasingly light.

I’ve got my flight to Biarritz booked, along with an Airbnb there.

I think I just need to pick up a scallop shell and select a place to stay in St Jean Pied de Port.

I’ll visit the Pilgrim Welcome Office to officially start my Camino and await their advice on the choice of route - will I be following in the footsteps of Napoleon or Charlemagne?

Am I missing anything?

PS - recommendations for a place to stay in SJPDP would be welcome...
 

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Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
#3
Don’t know if they’re still doing it, but I got my first scallop shell free (well there *was* a donation) at the pilgrim office in SJPP when I signed in as a pilgrim. They had piles of them and some string and a pair of scissors.
Good luck and buen Camino.

Regards,
Paul
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
#4
Buen Camino! You have a small pocket knife with a corkscrew? True picnics can be fun with a torn baguette and eaten commando but bread. tomatoes, cheese, and chorizo neatly sliced are even better.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
#5
PS - recommendations for a place to stay in SJPD
Belairi is also an excellent choice for the first night of your Camino. You will meet others at dinner who you will encounter along the way, sometimes when you least expect it, and some of your fellow-guests may become lifelong friends - it has happened before!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
2018
#7
PS - recommendations for a place to stay in SJPD
Belairi is also an excellent choice for the first night of your Camino. You will meet others at dinner who you will encounter along the way, sometimes when you least expect it, and some of your fellow-guests may become lifelong friends - it has happened before!
Thanks! That sounds ideal.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#8
I’ve already got my credencial, thanks to Ivar’s super efficient shop and delivery process, as well as a funky waterproof sleeve.

I’ve packed and repacked my bag and it’s pleasingly light.

I’ve got my flight to Biarritz booked, along with an Airbnb there.

I think I just need to pick up a scallop shell and select a place to stay in St Jean Pied de Port.

I’ll visit the Pilgrim Welcome Office to officially start my Camino and await their advice on the choice of route - will I be following in the footsteps of Napoleon or Charlemagne?

Am I missing anything?

PS - recommendations for a place to stay in SJPDP would be welcome...
You sound fairly well organised, so discard this if you have already thought about it: I got a 30litre dry bag to line my rucksack, and some small cheap net bags for various classes of clothing to keep them tidy and easy to sort. Such a difference! And no rustling of plastic...
 
Camino(s) past & future
please see signature
#15
As always, less is more. Well done so far.

At Saint-Jean, Maison Kaserna, Rue d'Espagne, 43 for accomodation.
(down from the Pilgrrim Office, past the Church, over the bridge and up the hill)
They are known to do an evening communal meal.
And the decision point (Napoleon or Valcarlos) is 50 m ahead

@JohnLloyd , kia kaha (you take care, be strong, get going)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#16
Don’t know if they’re still doing it, but I got my first scallop shell free (well there *was* a donation) at the pilgrim office in SJPP when I signed in as a pilgrim. They had piles of them and some string and a pair of scissors.
Good luck and buen Camino.

Regards,
Paul
@Monasp would know this for sure because she's the Head of the Pilgrim Office in SJPdP :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
#17
pick up some food the day before - is a long trek up and over and sustenance would be good to have -

though, you sound pretty relaxed - I am sure you have it all sorted.

Buen Camino!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
#19
You can reserve at Belairi here: www.beilari.info/en
They have an interesting and informative website. Two or three times I have taken their advice and started my Camino in St.Palais, France, as a warm-up to the Pyrenees. It was a nice, gentle two-day start to a very long walk.
I highly recommend reserving a place in St Jean - it relieves the worry of having to find a bed upon arrival. Also, I find everything more expensive in St.Jean and Santiago - the beginning and the end. Otherwise, it can be a very economical trip.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2018)
#20
If you are traveling alone, you may want to create an "in case of emergency, open this" device. A clear plastic pouch of some sort on the lanyard of your choosing could work well. Inside the pouch you can insert a piece of paper that will identify you, DOB and country of birth, blood type, any allergies or diseases you might have, medications you might take, and the name and contact info for whomever you'd like to have contacted. No one plans to have an accident; that's why they're called accidents; unintended events that result in personal injury or property damage. sJk59djuS5yKomvsMqZ4cQ.jpg P1QHtEmQTiKKqraqlYtz9g.jpg
 
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Camino(s) past & future
2018
#21
If you are traveling alone, you may want to create an "in case of emergency, open this" device. A clear plastic pouch of some sort on the lanyard of your choosing could work well. Inside the pouch you can insert a piece of paper that will identify you, DOB and country of birth, blood type, any allergies or diseases you might have, medications you might take, and the name and contact info for whomever you'd like to have contacted. No one plans to have an accident; that's why they're called accidents; unintended events that result in personal injury or property damage. View attachment 45341 View attachment 45342
A good idea!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#22
You can reserve at Belairi here: www.beilari.info/en
They have an interesting and informative website. Two or three times I have taken their advice and started my Camino in St.Palais, France, as a warm-up to the Pyrenees. It was a nice, gentle two-day start to a very long walk.
I highly recommend reserving a place in St Jean - it relieves the worry of having to find a bed upon arrival. Also, I find everything more expensive in St.Jean and Santiago - the beginning and the end. Otherwise, it can be a very economical trip.
I’ve sent a booking request to Beilari - it looks a fine place to commence the journey from!
 

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