Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Village Church South of Tarbes

The day’s route meandered through small villages and along corn fields.  At one hamlet on the east side of L’Adour River, not far from Vielle-Adour,  a woman tending her roses suggested I ask a neighbor two houses over to open … Continue reading

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Ceret :: Mediterranean Coast of Catalonia

While I stayed in Ceret after my trek across France, I sketched near a group of visitors from California who painted en plain air all day, then ate and drank through the star-lit evenings.  My memorable visit was during early October after … Continue reading

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Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre

Topographic maps and guides for walking in France are available at the online store run by the French Association for Hikers — Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre.  The search function enables you to look by region, départment (regions in … Continue reading

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Planning Your Pyrénées Pilgrimage Walk

Best tool I know for travel planning is to pull out a map and study where you are going.  Don’t limit yourself to a tiny GPS based map — get the real thing, unless you enjoy squinting. Before investing in … Continue reading

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Evaluate GPS Navigation Services Before Renting

 

If you plan to rent a GPS tool and service provider during your walking journey, examine the services closely.

Will content be in your language?  Are there extra changes for certain features or locations?

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Practical Information for Camino Walkers

Travel Mole offers useful advice on accommodation, transportation and cultural lore on the Camino de Santiago. Good advice to prepare for injuries or accidents by bringing along appropriate first aid items and knowing how to summon emergency medical services in France … Continue reading

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Hiking the GR-65 in France to Join the Camino de Santiago

Hiking the GR-65 can be a classic route to Southwestern France.  The route in blue is suggested by this hotel in the region. I walked a more southern route recommended by a local guide through Arudy, Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Mauléon-Licharre and Ordiarp. … Continue reading

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