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  • The Camino del Norte on the Way of St James

    06 novembre 2012

    Vidéo Once you've made it to the south-west of France, once in Spain, which route should you take ? Good question. One must make the right decision. The simplest, the most unusual, the hardest, the most lonely solution is to walk along the coast, in the...

  • The Enigma of Manier a pilgrim of Santiago 2

    13 novembre 2012

    Where is he ? Adrian van Ostade Fight (fiction ndlr) One can imagine Guillaume Manier, mentioned previously : a burly guy, strong enough to do battle if necessary. Like all the others, or almost, he needs company in order to better defend himself. For...

  • Way of St James A mistaken stained glass window

    08 décembre 2012

    You should learn how to get dressed Vendôme , a few steps south of Châteaudun is on the way to Compostela. A chapel of St. Jacques, an alignment of bell-towers, a fortified gate , a castle , an extraordinary welcoming population when you get in contact...

  • Way of Saint James 2012 The person of the year

    11 décembre 2012

    Isabelle Kyndt In 2012, the person of the year for sure is Mrs Isabelle Kyndt, the head of the Tourist Office at Massy. Oh Happy day ! Ph. J F F She's been welcoming the pilgrims for a while. "Some of them just walk along Nationale 20 road (route d'Orléans...

  • A mended stained glass window on the Way of St James

    24 décembre 2012

    Computers are better than the real thing ! Two weeks ago we all learnt that in the Trinity Church of Vendôme, St James was not dressed the right way ! Upside down Ph. J F F The low part of the dress and the coat was upside down. Shall we ask the Monuments...

  • Path Works on the Paris Way of St James

    26 janvier 2013

    Beware Track Works good guidebooks are accurately written. However changes sometimes occur on the Way of St James. Here is a temporary modification of the track due to the construction of the fast train railtrack. In a few years, one will get from Bordeaux...

  • 2013 stamps about the Way of St James

    13 février 2013

    French Post Office, congratulations ! Yes, congratulations to the Post Office who are issuing 4 new stamps about the Ways of Saint James and dedicated to their monuments. The Tour Saint Jacques (St James Tower) in Paris last year was shown on the right...

  • Blisters apart on the Way of St James

    22 février 2013

    Healthy first Léonard da Vinci school, Study There isn't any bad part in your body. Look at your feet, for instance. You might think they look ugly, and they stink as soon as you "forget" to wash them. But they are incredible machines : no wonder they...

  • The Way of St James in Brussels

    06 mars 2013

    Brussels is not afraid to show its Way of St James. (Soon a surprise in a future post). On the Way of St James in Brussels Photo J F F Night and day, Brussels is not afraid to show its Way of St James, needless to repeat it. In locations that are as picturesque...

  • Lectures about the Way of St James

    16 mars 2013

    Lectures are being given in the Paris area by the writer of this blog. Here are some confirmed dates: March 20 and 29 19: 30 pm at the Maison des Associations IV, 3, rue de Lesdiguieres in Paris (75) April 5 20 h 00 Centre Administrative Juvisy sur Orge...

  • 2012 Stamps on the St James route

    31 mars 2013

    Last year's stamps The French Post Office printed stamps in winter 2013. Do you remember those of 2012 ? They were just as nice : The St James tower in Paris leads the way. A starting point for yersterday and today's pilgrims, it is also a target for...

  • The Way of St James in Brussels, Belgium (2)

    06 octobre 2013

    Monumental Brussel, Belgium, on the Way of St James on one side Photo J F F Today's pilgrims have now a waymarked path thru the streets of Brussels. That's what a previous post explained. Even better : at the exit of the old city they can dream of Santiago...

  • On her own towards Santiago de Compostela

    08 octobre 2013

    Who else could you be ? The gold of the Beauce Ph. Danielle Desjouis Marie, this is how the other pilgrims call her. Like all long-distance walkers she is sensitive to encounters on the way. For her, they are the most beautiful moments. From some contacts...

  • Saint James in Paris : be a patron of the Pilgrim's Tree

    26 octobre 2013

    A symbol of life Do you know that soon there will be a pilgrim's bench in the City of Paris, France ? Donate for the tree now ! The Way of St James has many branches in France. One of them winds its way through the City of Light. If enough donators participate,...

  • Blessing and Camino de Santiago

    04 novembre 2013

    Saint Gervais - St. Protais Pilgrims sometimes wish some blessing on their departure. To do so, the Church of St. Gervais - St. Protais in Paris is the best choice : - The church is only two blocks away from the Saint- Jacques Tower . - Saint Gervais...

  • Visit the St James Tower a major building on the Paris Way

    06 novembre 2013

    After the Eiffel Tower, the other tower. Troubles in the past : 1871 "Last Sunday, I passed near Tour St Jacques, in Paris ! Gorgious !" a fascinated pilgrim said last Summer... Tour St Jacques (St James Tower) is the former bell-tower of the St Jacques...

  • Marie on the Camino of Santiago

    12 novembre 2013

    "Thank you" Every year, a party of 40 people help handicapped pilgrims do their pilgrimage during 15 days. They left Paris in 2011. Last Summer they walked from Bordeaux to the Spanish border. For the first time in 2013, Marie, a U.S. citizen, joined...

  • Why walking the camino is good for you

    16 novembre 2013

    Stand up and go ! A previous article showed that the feet are very important and help you stay fit and in a good shape. They are like pumps that make your blood circulation reach the perfect level. http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org has another explanation...

  • A pilgrim's smile on the Way of St James

    01 décembre 2013

    Cheese Ph. Manuel Manuel is the man who runs the Albergue Bodenaya in Asturias. The way he welcomes the pilgrims makes him more and more famous. Every morning, before they leave, he takes a picture of all the ones who have stayed at his place. Then he...

  • A labyrinth on the way to Santiago

    17 décembre 2013

    I’ve just had a pilgrimage experience It is not an easy job to be a tourist guide. It demands a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience and obviously a real love for the people. Jinglehorse (we won’t tell you his real name) is one of them. American by birth,...

  • The personality of the year 2013 Way of St James

    16 janvier 2014

    Mr Rémi Rivière 2013 was a major year for the pilgrims in Paris : for the first time in history, the St James tower was open to the public. So many people had waited long for such a cultural event ! Many thanks to the Director of the Association of the...

  • Screenings in France about the Way of St James

    23 janvier 2014

    The film One of the posters A well known US film could be seen in the French movie theatres last year, long after the Spaniards and the Germans : The Way, starring Martin Sheen directed by his son Emilio Estevez. It gathered 120 000 spectators, out of...

  • Dampierre on the Paris Way of Saint James

    30 janvier 2014

    A must Hard to find the time to visit castles and chateaux on the way to Santiago... Chateau de Dampierre, how's that ? Ph. J F F At least you can see them from the path. And very often they are worth a visit. When you leave Paris, Sceaux is on your left....

  • Longpont an unusual church on the Way of St James

    07 février 2014

    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 Dutch starting point to Santiago

    08 février 2014

    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...

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