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Lecture near Paris for Santiago pilgrims

20 Janvier 2011, 18:16pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com


What is that amazing Way that changes them all ? 




Photos Pierre Mathe


Answers are to be found at the "En marche... vers Saint-Jacques !" lecture which will be held on january 28, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Maurice Ravel auditorium at Le Perreux-sur-Marne (Val de Marne) RER Nogent-Le Perreux near Paris, France.


Whatever the reason why you are tempted to start the Way of St James, you will hear witnesses and see pictures. Talks with the lecturers will be possible in order to share their experience and know how to take the leave... Useless to know the reason of your departure after all, you'll have time to think about it on the way...


The lecture is one of the series of lectures organised by the non-profit organisation « Enjeu Initiative Insertion »  www.e2i-asso.org .


The Camino has had an important role in religious, commercial, cultural and political Europe. To day it may be a useful tool to help others. You'll know more about it if you follow the link (and if you understand French !) You may also ask from the blog writer.


How to get there by car from Paris : A4 ou A3, and A86

Map of the excellent Paris Public transport system. :









Info and booking at :



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Bremen Germany Santiago de Compostela

13 Janvier 2011, 22:00pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com



Statue of Roland  1404


That strange massive statue is in Bremen, north of Germany.


Funny enough the inhabitants chose Charlemagne's nephew as the symbolic figure of their revolt against their Prince-Bishop.


Nothing to do so far with our Way of St James.


Except that he is the same Roland who, while crossing the Pyrenees (south of France) at the end of his uncle's army, got attacked by basques and lost his life. A theme developped in The Song of Roland...

A legend says that Charlemagne went as far as Santiago but there are few chances he did.




Let's have a look at another statue in Bremen :



In Bremen Renovirt 1906        Photo C J


Our  friends from Bremen comment : "Here is a picture of a statue of St James the Greater. We took it in old Bremen, in the Schnoor district, a historical area previously inhabited by fishermen..." 


A historian would be of a great help to decide whether crowds landed in Bremen and saw that statue before they walked all the way down to Western Spain or not...


Today, the way exists, and it winds through Germany to Aachen (have a look at the map), then goes through Belgium and France on the Paris Way. After St Quentin and Compiègne, you'll get to Saint Denis, Paris, and Tours,


via Chartres or Orleans...





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Bronze signs... at Otrott Alsace France

4 Janvier 2011, 14:07pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com




Otrott lies under Mont Ste Odile, a well-known shrine in Alsace. The 1 600 inhabitants are used to pilgrims and pilgrimages...





Otrott fountain      from wikipedia


Several chateaux, one romanesque chapel, and above all (remember you're in France) a vinyard that has been making an excellent red wine since... 1109 ! No doubt about the year, the monks from Burgundy for sure arrived that year to bring the plant !



Photo : thanks to Isabelle Duchene (blog in the links)


In Otrott you may walk the st James Way easily. Just follow the bronze marks that the local non-profit organisation have fixed on the ground. Their name : Les amis de saint Jacques en Alsace. They also claim they have the casting frame made for them. They are members of the Fédération Française des chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostelle.


   Link to the marks at Tours


Link to the marks in  Margaux.



The bronze marks at Otrott    from Otrott Wikipedia page



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Is marching on the St James way marching ?

2 Janvier 2011, 23:26pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com

 We missed you on december 12, 2010. Almost 333 people joined the walkers through the Paris Way of St James in Paris.


The local press (Le Parisien) said  :


"They want 300 bronze marks on the Way to Santiago"


We are also asking for 2 to3 signs... 


Practice your French !



This the journalist's picture in colors... happiness on the faces !          





They all seem to say : "Welcome to Paris ! "

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