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Between Paris and Orléans Massy with shells

14 Juillet 2016, 17:34pm

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First town in this direction

(Ph. OT Massy)

(Ph. OT Massy)

Published on the web, June 30, 2016  

«4 years after the inauguration of the bronze shell set at the door of the Massy Tourist Office, the Way of St James is going to be waymarked. The first mark was fixed yesterday.

From the end of the Coulée Verte (a 9 km long park north of Massy) to avenue du Maréchal Juin (Massy-Europe zone), this cultural route will be waymarked with metal signs.

Damien of the Tourist Office, the waymarking team of Compostelle 2000 (the local association) and the City Council, thank you !»

4 years ago a large bronze shell (ph. J F F)

4 years ago a large bronze shell (ph. J F F)

The Way of St James, a Freedom Way (Ph. J F F)

The Way of St James, a Freedom Way (Ph. J F F)

Comments

«Well done Tourisme Massy ! And bravo Damien ! Your town becomes a major step on the Santiago route. You inform, you accommodate the pilgrims and you guide them. They will proceed through Champlan, the Orge (local stream) Valley etc. etc. towards Orléans, Tours , Poitiers, Bordeaux, the Paris Way in a nutshell ! » (Jean François

 

« It's great, keep going  » (Christine)

 

« Congratulations for this new initiative, things change to help the pilgrims ». (Emilia)

Nicolas Appert, who invented the appertisation,  Massy (Ph. J F F)

Nicolas Appert, who invented the appertisation, Massy (Ph. J F F)

Massy, in the heart of the path

Massy, in the heart of the path

From Coulée Verte to Champlan

From Coulée Verte to Champlan

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A Pilgrim on the Paris Way Mengjui from Taïwan

14 Juillet 2016, 09:27am

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A Chinese walker

At a pilgrims meeting before departure (Ph. J F F )

At a pilgrims meeting before departure (Ph. J F F )

Olivier is the Frenchman who has introduced us to Mengjui. They had met on the island of Shikoku in Japan on another pilgrimage…

 

Under 30, very tall, always smiling and a positive mind, that’s what Menjui,  a specialist of asian healing,  looks like. 

 

He is surprised to discover a hidden garden in the center of Paris, and, very open minded, he is ready to meet whoever gets in contact with him.

 

After a few days touring in the French capital, departure on June the 11th, from the St James Tower.

Olivier and Mengjui, near the St James Tower, Paris

Olivier and Mengjui, near the St James Tower, Paris

At the foot of the Notre-Dame cathedral, near the statue of Saint James, Olivier gives him his dearest belonging : his own scallop shell. Later he will cut a hazelnut branch for him to be used as a walking stick. 

A warm gift (Ph. Michel Cerdan)

A warm gift (Ph. Michel Cerdan)

Traditional pilgrims use wooden walking sticks (Ph. Michel Cerdan)

Traditional pilgrims use wooden walking sticks (Ph. Michel Cerdan)

Further down on the same day, Mengjui will take a picture of a bronze mark in the shape of a stylized shell. Pilgrims like such signs !

 

 

Happy Camino !

 

A few more miles and  the camino will lead him into provincial France… (Ph. Mengjui Shieih)

A few more miles and the camino will lead him into provincial France… (Ph. Mengjui Shieih)

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Paris Way of Saint James The First Signs in the Region

11 Juillet 2016, 21:24pm

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Infos or help

From left to right : John, Claire and Sylvain ; a distance that makes them smile (Ph. CL)

From left to right : John, Claire and Sylvain ; a distance that makes them smile (Ph. CL)

You have been shown the bronze marks at Gif-sur-Yvette in the newspaper published here.

 

Extra bonus : Since may 2016 the pilgrim who reaches the Valley of Chevreuse receives a warm welcome. A sign that shows encouragement and recognition.

 

You can see it from the road, so that whoever passes by is invited to wear his or her walking shoes and take his or her backpack and walking stick.

The Paris Way  of St James’ first sign (Ph. SL)

The Paris Way of St James’ first sign (Ph. SL)

Would you like special infos or help ? See the best contact on the reverse side of the sign.

Site, phone nr., QRCode (Ph. J F F)

Site, phone nr., QRCode (Ph. J F F)

At the other end of the path waymarked with the bronze shells, another sign shows you the rest of the way. Go ahead, pilgrim !

Better than arrows (Ph. CL)

Better than arrows (Ph. CL)

Only for real long – distance walkers

 

 

Maps on the previous post

Many thanks to the city of Gif-sur-Yvette

 and to the team who took part in this installation.

 

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The First Bronze Waymarks In The Paris Area

10 Juillet 2016, 14:37pm

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54 shells

Mr Michel Bournat, Mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and part of the audience

Mr Michel Bournat, Mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and part of the audience

In France, the Mayor is a main figure of the population in most places.

 

On the 25th of June 2016, Gif-sur-Yvette, a little town of 20 000 inhabitants located 25 miles south-west of Paris, inaugurated the first bronze waymarks of the Camino in the Paris Region. The bronze marks exist in Belgium, in the Netherlands or in Germany and of course in French and Spanish cities. Strange enough, so far there were not any in the region of the French capital town.

 

In a simple way, without extra decorum, Mr Michel Bournat, mayor, made a speech about our Way of St James, a speech with which everyone agreed.

 

Hurray for the town of Gif-sur-Yvette ! 

The local newspaper showing the shell.

The local newspaper showing the shell.

The City Council and particularly Mrs Christine Laurent, have worked with some members of the local association to make sure the 54 bronze marks would look the same as elsewhere on the same path, and they would be put the right way.

The walking pilgrim's paradise

The walking pilgrim's paradise

Earlier in the morning she waited for a special group of walkers who had discovered the first bronze shell, and other things. Then she guided the whole party through the city centre as far as the last shell where later a welcome drink was offered. Explanations on the Saint Rémi church, the town hall, and the main park.

 

 

A great moment for a great Way of St James, the Paris Way !

 

One day and a half from Paris city centre

One day and a half from Paris city centre

Part of the party on the way

Part of the party on the way

54 bronze marks, on about 2 kilometres. But there are other things...

54 bronze marks, on about 2 kilometres. But there are other things...

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