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Bronze signs ... at Talence, near Bordeaux France

28 Août 2011, 22:23pm

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On the Paris Way, you'll walk across cities like Chartres or Orléans, Tours, Poitiers, Saintes, and Bordeaux. Leaving Bordeaux, you will enter Talence, a town with a university.




On the Way of Saint James atTalence    Photo Marie-Céline Lachaud


Talence has a young population : 34,8 % of the 41 000 inhabitants are between 15 and 30. After proposal from the local pilgrims' organization, the city council has offered and installed 30 bronze marks. As a welcome sign, and to help the pilgrim find his way..


Paris : 2 millions people ! If the capital city of France had these marks in the same proportions with the number of inhabitants, you would see 1464 pieces on the ground !


Compostelle 2000, the Paris non profit organization proposes 350 marks and three directions signs, so that the Way would be made obvious to all.


Several other towns of the same Way have their bronze marks : Tours, Saint Avertin, Margaux, Le Bouscat, Bordeaux, Gradignan, Poitiers. Not to mention many other places in France !


Link to the post on bronze signs at Tours

Link to the signs at Margaux

Link to the signs at Otrott

Link to the December 2010 walk dedicated to the projet in Paris


When will  Paris be equipped ?

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More and more pilgrims on the Way of St James

12 Août 2011, 08:51am

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Spanish Press



From the daily galician newspaper


In the June 11, 2011 issue, Sandra Cuina, a journalist of the El Correo Gallego daily, doesn't hide her amazement : since January Santiago de Compostela has been flooded with pilgrims. She evokes a tsunami ! 10 000 more pilgrims than in 2009 in the five first months !



Thanks to Christiane Delattre


Most of them come from abroad : 60 %. From Corea, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and South Africa. Fewer French pilgrims than German ones, although they live next door.


In two days only in June, the Pilgrims Office gave more than 1 000 Compostelas.


2011 will probably be another


record year....

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Way of St James Walking through Paris

20 Juillet 2011, 22:01pm

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Follow the guide



On the Paris way of St James

So many traces of the Santiago pilgrims in Paris ! On less than six miles, you will find :


- a church dedicated to St James and St Christopher, patron saint of the travellers,

- the former home of abbots. The front of the building is covered with shells and other symbols,

- a ribbed vault showing all the equipment of the pilgrim in another church,

- a flamboyant gothic tower,

- a long street and its continuation (faubourg) ...   


And from the modern times :

- a sundial by a surrealist painter,

- a subway station called Saint Jacques... 


In the Saint Jacques du Hautpas church, dedicated to Saint James the Minor, you can see a beautiful statue of the Major close to the altar.


Definitely all along the Way of St James in Paris many traces of our favorite pilgrimage are remaining....


That is regardless to many signs apart of the direct Way : Sophie Martineaud, a specialist of the Way of St James, listed and described all the proofs that walking through Paris or leaving from the French Capital town is walking on the footsteps of many pilgrims in her book "Marcher à Paris sur les pas des pèlerins de Compostelle"...


Publisher : Rando éditions, for sale at Compostelle 2000 (see link)


and the best bookshops.

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The Pilgrims' Passport in the Traditionnal Style

16 Juillet 2011, 17:24pm

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Today the Credential, pilgrims' passport, is a piece of cardboard in several folds. Easy to show, easy to stamp it.


What did they look like in the old times ??


They looked like a letter, as simple as it may seem, like the one Tor Singsaas, bishop of Nidaros at Trondheim handed to the Europa Compostela relay, to wish "Pax et Bonum" to whoever would carry it and read it and the Fédération Française des Associations des Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle, organisor of that relay to begin with.


"Please show respect and Generosity toward any pilgrim who presents this certificate"


Certificat de Pelerinage

Courtesy of Stein Thue

The major difference :


in the Middle Ages, the credentials were written in Latin...

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Way of St James and Cinema

7 Juin 2011, 19:51pm

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A pilgrimage, a cathedral



Source : A nous 9 mai 2011

A few weeks ago, a Paris newspaper interviewed several directors met at the Cannes Festival. They were asked : "What is Cannes for you ? "


Klapisch answered with a word that rings a bell : a pilgrimage ! Strange enough, he doesn't go there on foot neither on a bicycle, as far as we know ! And the Palais des Festival becomes a cathedral...


Oliver Stone answered in French : "La Mecque" i.e.  Mecca ! ! ! Are we living a new religious age ?


Anyway  our conclusion is that today a cathedral is a powerful symbol


and a pilgrimage is a very trendy thing.

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Paris Way of St James 2nd Lecture at E2i

28 Mai 2011, 15:46pm

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Hiking, meditating, breathing, studying sciences, writing, calling for peace and happiness, all in one !




Photo André Weill


Second lecture organised by  the non profit association E2i on June the 24th, 2011, at 8 p.m. by André Weill. The first lecture was a real success, so we bet this one will gather a lot of people. Auditorium Maurice Ravel of le Perreux-sur-Marne (Val de Marne) RER Nogent-Le Perreux near Paris.


André Weill is a writer, a hiker, a pilgrim and has many activities.


Location : Le Perreux, via A4 ou A3, and A86 (Paris East side) or via RER :

a map of parisian transports ?








Book now !   More info here.

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On the Way of St James : Châteaudun

24 Mai 2011, 13:31pm

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                          Coming from Paris on the Way of St james, about 50 km south of Chartres, an impressive stop : Châteaudun.

© CDT 28


Photos Danielle Lopez and © CDT28



According to the dictionnaries of symbols, in dreams and in reality fortresses and castles are the symbols of protection. They give the impression they offer safety, like a house, but more so. 


On your way to Santiago, on foot or by bicycle, the châteaux you may see are like palaces and places of leasure.

South of Paris, apart from Madeleine Castle, Sceaux, Dampierre, Rambouillet, Guéville et Voisins are country and summer residences more than shelters to get refuge...


As you walk on the banks or the river Loir you'll discover the castle of Châteaudun ... A few bridges and watermills and you have the vision of these buttresses. It's the first castle of the Loire region. The first one on your way to the south. It's also the witness of the arrival of Renaissance  in middle age environment.


Tired ? Don't try to go downtown,

you would have to climb the 200 steps stairs...



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The Way of St James a definition

23 Mai 2011, 18:26pm

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It is very hard to describe the Way of St James.



So why don't we try to say what it isn't ?


The way of St James is not like the path in the shape of an "S" as shown in that scene of "Mon Oncle", the movie by Jacques Tati.


First of all, there are few bends : in spite of his fondness for the camino, the pilgrim is anxious to get to Santiago, so he likes the straight line.


The way is not fake, it is not covered with wooden boards.


There are fountains, but to drink or cool down only. There is fish, but in the streams, in the sea, on the plates... or in cans.


The women we meet there wear hats, but with a different shape. They are elegant, but not quite like that. No gloves, except when it is cold. The shoes are heavier, and for sure more reliable...


On the way of St James, you look at the ones you meet. You may speak on your own, but when on your own only... Life is simpler...


You'll see, after a few days on your way, you won't be so aware of how you look,


  You'll care about what matters...

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To follow the blog on the way of St James : the newsletter

13 Mai 2011, 20:47pm

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Welcome !



The colors of the Way          Photo  ©David MARTIN | blog.sushilabs.com


Welcome to all the ones who've inscribed themselves to the newsletter. They will be informed of every new post on this blog automatically.


It's easy : enter your mail address on the right under the Inscribe yourself !  invitation just under the Previous article paragraph. You may cancel your inscription if later you change your mind.




It's this way :.............

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Hiking the Way of St James - Future

27 Avril 2011, 21:38pm

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To-morrow's man : a hiker, a pilgrim




The Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, France, displays an exhibition called "The fertile city". The theme is about green spaces in towns. For those who have not understood the necessity of it yet. Nothig about the quality of the ground. Apparently the organisers should learn how important it is to grow food near the dwellings to save on transport and useless pollution.



Parks everywhere, and everyone will be happy ! ... The new thing is the way a human being is shown in such scenery.


  In a landscape  made with space, waters, plants of all kinds and architecture, how is mankind described ? 


The man in the picture looks like a pilgrim, or at least a hiker ! Standing, wearing jeans, a t-shirt and a rock sack.



To-morrow's man, a pilgrim, a hiker.

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