Author Archives: Nigel Rees

We are walking across Northern Spain, on the French Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of 452 miles, over 34 days of walking.     It will be our last day tomorrow, we have walked / completed 498 miles (yes, I know it says 452, but once you …

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Notes from the Camino, 416 miles completed. 

We are walking across Northern Spain, on the French Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of 452 miles, over 34 days of walking As I was write this, we are at O’Cebreiro in the Galacian mountains, (Oh-thay-bray-air-oh), listening to the rain and thunder outside. Long walk today, which …

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Notes from the Camino, on the Plains. 

We are walking across Northern Spain, on the French Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of 452 miles, over 34 days of walking Mansilla de las Mulas, 19th May.   Much discussion amongst pilgrims and walkers about injuries, blisters etc. Thankfully we have not had much difficulty, certainly …

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Time to reflect.  

It’s a funny thing really, the Camino Walk is giving us a significant amount of time to think and reflect.    We are now on day15, having walked 230 miles towards Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.  Projected to arrive at SdeC in 21 days.     Having time to reflect is probably true of …

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The Chickens, The Saint, The Cathedral,  and The Legend.  

Visited Santo Domingo de la Caldzada, which has an interesting tale.    Legend tells of a German Pilgrim called Hugonell walking to Santiago with his parents on Pilgramage.    They rested at an Inn in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, whereupon the Innkeepers daughter fell in love with Hugonell. Her feelings were not reciprocated. In …

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Camino Frances, characters and methods.  

There seem to be several distinct characters walking the Camino. For those just joining this blog, we (Sue and I) are walking the Camino Frances this April, May and June 2017. St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, 452 miles. 128 miles completed as at 7th May. All going well, with no blisters or injuries. …

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Camino days

Two days in. First day was crossing the Pyrenees, St Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles, height gain of 1200 metres over 15 miles. Very steep parts. It felt like we were escaping from France into Spain. No border signs. Not even a welcome board. It must have been like that for the airmen in …

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Arrival in St Jean Pied de Port

Lengthy journey yesterday, leaving home 01:30, arriving SJPdP 19:00 in an heavy sleet,hail and rain shower!   So arrival is somewhat damp!    Pigs trotter for supper, the others had far more logical items including pork and fish.  Strange to see a restaurant full of walkers, most clutching guide books, with a huge variety of …

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