Category Archives: Basque

Music Festivals in Basque Lands

The 14th Festival de Basse-Navarre will be held 16-18 August 2013 in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, France.  In 2000, I visited the mountain town during my long walk across France and learned about the unique festival featuring the Remy Mahler organ in the … Continue reading

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Lodging in St. Jean Pied de Port

Nearly everyone who walks the traditional Spanish portion of the Chemin St. Jacques, also known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostello and The Way of St. James, passes through St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port which in English means St. John at the foot … Continue reading

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Llivia — Spain Inside France

Llivia is a town under Spanish jurisdiction, a part of Girona, yet it is completely surrounded by French territory.  The historical and political elements  that created this situation relate to Llivia’s pre-Medieval status as a city rather than a village. … Continue reading

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How to Hike the Camino :: Part I

Everybody wants advice on how to do the walk.  It’s tough.  Requires motivation and a nature that forgives yourself if you feel like taking a couple of days extra rest.  Competitive people might thrive on the challenge, but the path … Continue reading

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Vineyards on the Route to Compostello

The day burned bright and hot; I sniffed the purple grapes ripening in fields cultivated by Ilarria and Brana wineries.  Could I sample the wine at dinner in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port? Vineyards exuded steamy scent from the grapes nearly bursting their skin. … Continue reading

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Celebrate Basque Culture with Pyrenees Pilgrimage

Upcoming Pyrenees Pilgrimage event on Thursday, May 12, 2010 – http://www.takeaclass.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_class_info&products_id=493 This adult education center is near Dupont Circle in downtown Washington DC.  There will be Basque food, wine tasting and discussion. Meet other travelers!

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Pilgrimage Routes in 1648

In 1648 the Camino Francés de Santiano de Compostela was an extensive web of paths across France through the Pyrenees and westward along northern Spain to Santiago.  I’ve walked the southern French path which passes through St Jean Pied de … Continue reading

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