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a new refuge on the Paris Way of St James

4 Décembre 2010, 23:11pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com


Photo Jean Luc Huguet


Some 280 km after Paris, Sainte Maure de Touraine, 4000 inhabitants, is famous for an excellent goat cheese... It is also on the Way of St James. In July 2010, the mayor inaugured a brand new pilgrim's refuge, in a restaured house of course. The initiative comes from the local pilgrims organisation who were here to celebrate.



Photo Nouvelle République du Centre


  4 beds now are awaiting for walkers and cyclists every evening from march.



       Many other actions are done locally : inaugurations of sculptures, wraught iron works of art, signs indicating the distance to Santiago...

Photo Jean Luc Huguet



Website of the local association

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Chartres a cathedral on the Paris Way of St James

2 Décembre 2010, 09:42am

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com




                          60 miles (ca 100 km) only from Paris to Chartres, i.e. four days on foot, one day and a half on a bicycle. And an amazing arrival !



cathédrale - blé

The nave has been compared to a ship sailing on an ocean of wheat fields so many times ...


The city of Chartres is like an oasis on a hill. After le bridges over the Eure, the gentle local river, you wind your way between the half timbered houses in the shade of the narrow medieval streets.


The cathedral is waiting for you.


Can you read French ? This is how Charles Péguy, a poet and playwright, who suddenly got back to christanism one Christmas evening of 1886 in Notre Dame de Paris describes Notre Dame de Chartres :


C'est la pierre sans tache et la pierre sans faute,
La plus haute oraison qu'on ait jamais portée,
La plus droite raison qu'on ait jamais jetée
Et vers un ciel sans bord la ligne la plus haute...  





(Another monument on the Paris Way of St James : here)


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