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Way of St James Don't worry be happy

19 Décembre 2011, 23:23pm

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A good advice for the Way of St James


Sometimes you'll feel so fine, your bag will seem so light, you'll be in such a good mood that like Louis Armstrong you might sing "It's a wonderful world". Or you might think about Bobby Mc Ferrin...


A happy feeling, but be careful.


 (wait until minute 1:07 at least)



Long distance walkers and pilgrims know the cause of such a pleasant feeling : "Endorphins  are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters.   They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise,   excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being" (Wikipedia).


Be happy, but beware, too,

otherwise your Way could become shorter

... than expected !

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Walking-Marching november 2011 Music and wine

16 Décembre 2011, 23:45pm

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Ground level

(See the previous post about the november 26, 2011 Paris-Montrouge)



La Marque Jaune (photo Claire Ladiré)

Galician welcome drink,  picnic in the sun, free coffee, a speech by the author of a book about the Paris Way of St James and arrival of the members of the city councils, a great stop at St Séverin... Everyone resumes ones walk via St Jacques st ...


On the ground some mysterious signs show the way to Santiago...


End of the day at Montrouge, the one and only suburb town to walk across before you reach green spaces on your way south towards  Tours and Poitiers...


In the Montrouge church, dedicated to St James, a choir is waiting for the pilgrims. Look at the stained glass windows ! More shells than on the ground !




In Heaven as it is on Earth (photo Claire Ladiré)

The choir sings several kinds of musics from Mozart to popular songs. The French pilgrims hymn ends the concert : "Ultréïa" is sung by the whole audience...

To finish the day with another French touch, hot wine with spices, a traditional winter drink,  was served to everyone.

Montrouge, just a mile wide before the "countryside", is a perfect way to leave Paris nicely. Hopefully the little town will have bronze signs on the ground, and Pierrefitte, Saint Denis, Aubervilliers and Paris will follow the local example.


More infos about the project in French in www.compostelleiledefrance.eu


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Walking-marching 2011 a sunny stop

13 Décembre 2011, 19:29pm

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Stop in the middle of Paris, Left Bank, at the St Séverin cloister, on the Way of St James.

(have a look at the previous post about the same walk from Paris to Montrouge on november 26, 2011)


Sunshine at noon for the picnic stop. Seems the sun was also in the hearts when Paris, Saint Denis and Montrouge City Councils members came and received from the Chairman of Compostelle 2000 association in Paris, Jacques Blanc, a present and a file.


The present is a book by Sophie Martineaud who dedicated it. The file is a long list of signatures by the representatives of ca. 8000 people in France who request bronze signs in the Paris region.




Right time on the right place Ph Freddy Mouchard


10 minutes and 5 speeches later the whole party went out of Saint Séverin heading south...


Can you read French ? see more about the project : www.compostelleiledefrance.eu


Know more about the afternoon in the next post. 

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Walking-marching again in Paris : success

6 Décembre 2011, 21:30pm

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Gates in a row


Jardin Villemain ph Jean Claude Paulet BIS

  Jardin Villemin way out (Xème arrt) Ph. Jean Claude Paulet


Saturday 26th of November 2011 almost 300 walkers gathered and went from the north of Paris to Montrouge mentioned here


Along Canal St Martin, St Martin and St Jacques streets and faubourgs, as well as at Montrouge, the long distance walkers agreed on the  Compostelle Ile de France   project (new site).


Lots of symbols on the way. One of them was a row of gates. Enough to change  the itinerary into a path of initiation... Gates symbolise borders, limits, being apart. But when the gate is open, it's a sign of new relationship, new knowledge...

From the square in front of the St Jacques - St Christophe church in the XIXth arrondissement of Paris, where one could go meet the priest and get a camino stamp, there are 4 kilometres only to reach the heart of the City. Everyone went along the St Martin Canal then into the Villemin garden. When they went out of the garden they felt they were in town. A few narrow streets, and another gate gives way to Boulevard de Magenta close to Faubourg st Martin.


Bd Magenta ph Jean Claude Paulet BIS

Bd de Magenta corner      Ph. Jean Claude Paulet


From Faubourg St Martin, they could see Porte St Martin. The group entered then into Louis the XIVth's city . The Sun-King tried to make the St James pilgrimage more difficult, with more controls, you never know with those roaming people...



Faubourg St Martin, Porte St Martin      Ph. Jean Claude Paulet


Going straight ahead, we reached the Pompidou Center. A pedestrian zone. Going is easier than ever.


Stop at Tour Saint Jacques, postcards to be sent to the City Council were given free. A big chance the mayor will get a lot of mail these days ! Sophie Martineaud, a specialist of the Way of St James, made a short speech about the tower, the facts and the legends connected with the story of an Alchemist ...


The group resumed its walk along the City Hall, across the river Seine, and the City Island with Notre-Dame and the statue of St James ("look at the shell !"). After the Viviani square, where the oldest tree in Paris goes on growing,  the group entered the St Séverin cloister .


The Left Bank is the South of Paris already !  That is where a mayor and members of city councils met the group.


In a future post : the second part of the day.


 « There is no better image of life than a door that opens and closes » Michel Cournot

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