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Invite to meditate on the Paris Way of St James

28 Février 2014, 21:30pm

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Hush !

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Jef Aérosol Ph. J F F 




Hiking on a long distance means meditate on foot. That's what you experiment in Paris.


The way goes through a pedestrian zone. The only noise comes from the people around.


Silence helps meditation. 120 feet from the camino, rue Saint Martin, close to the church St Merri, that mural recalls it.


In the Paris City Center : 







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Glorious spots on the Way of St James 2

10 Février 2014, 18:22pm

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Monuments in Paris



Time to go, Pont Notre-Dame    Ph J F F 





The previous post was about 2 monuments that are on the Way of Saint James when you walk through the Paris region.


Imagine you've stayed overnight in the City of Light, and the next day you resume your walk from the point where you stopped, i.e. the St Jacques Tower most probably.


Pont Notre-Dame and Petit Pont are the two bridges that enable you to go to the Left Bank of the Seine. 


The sky and the River are blue, it's a beautiful day. The tower on your right, with a gilded top, was part of the kings of France's Palace where they resided until the 14th century.


You are walking on the footsteps of the Middle Age pilgrims. They saw the same tower, the same cathedral of Notre Dame you may have seen the day before. It is still standing and is visited by 12 million visitors a year.






The camino is almost straight ahead. St Jacques (St James) street is calm in the morning.


In less than 2 hours you'll be out of town, in a peaceful and landscaped walkway.  


Buen camino, peregrino !




Top to bottom :




 St Denis Gate


St Jacques Tower

The City Island,


St Jacques st.








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Glorious spots on the Way of St James

9 Février 2014, 21:44pm

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The "Great Way"


When you walk through Paris and its region you discover places that belong to the French history and at the same time to the history of Europe.

Two examples taken from a catalogue of old books on sale at Ormara, a bookshop in Versailles :



 The Ecouen chateau, 300 feet from the Way of St James

drawn by Baltard and described here 



Porte St Denis by Blondel,

close to St Martin Gate shown here


There are many more major monuments on the way.


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A Dutch starting point to Santiago

8 Février 2014, 18:42pm

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The Way of St James is everywhere.


Many pilgrims believe the camino starts at St Jean Pied de Port, at Conques or at Poitiers. Would you see a film and miss the beginning on purpose ?             



The camino begins at the airport or if you live in Europe, at your doorstep. Our friend Claire recently discovered a village in Zealand (Netherlands). Renesse is by the North See. Dunes, bike rides, well-kept houses.


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The  Renesse Church   Ph. J R 



A : Renesse    B : Antwerpen    C : Lille     D : Compiègne   E, F : Paris  

G : Tours   H : Bordeaux   I : Santiago



The church is dedicated to St James the Major, just like the one at Montrouge south of Paris or the one at Sint Jacobiparochie far north in Friesland. It is the same Way that goes through Antwerpen, the Flanders, Lille, Picardy, reaches Compiègne and takes you to Paris.



As usual, an East-oriented church. Ph. J R

No monument here, but a sign which is self-explanatory.


Walking the camino is such a pleasure...

The longer the better.


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Longpont an unusual church on the Way of St James

7 Février 2014, 19:59pm

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Holy relics 


Instead of Chartres, its pleasant scenery, a beautiful labyrinth and famous stained-glass windows, you may decide to walk to Tours, Bordeaux, Saint Jean Pied de Port and eventually Santiago via Orléans. If so, your first night may be in Massy (A), where the Tourist Office has a list of welcoming families... 


The next possible stop is at the maison du Mesnil, circa 18 km (11 miles), at Longpont (F).


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A southbound route...


At Longpont the pilgrims used to worship the Virgin's Veil. Beforehands, in pre-christian times a small statue of a woman with child was adored. It had an inscription : "Virgini pariturae". The statuette had been found in the trunk af an oak tree...


Later so many kings of France went there to ask for healing... or victories.


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Longpont yesterday


Longpont today Ph. J F F 



Today Notre Dame de Bonne Garde is shown in a well lit chapel where the walls are covered with plaques to say thank you.



The Chapel of the Virgin Mary   Ph. J F F 

The amazing thing about that church is its collection of relics.  On their way to Santiago the pilgrims used to walk from one relic to another one, but here, there are no less than 1400 of them ! It's a conservatory, well exposed in bright showcases. 



The relics Ph. J F F 


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