Category Archives: Pilgrimage

Our Lady of the Holy Waters

Lourdes’ rise to fame came about after the visions of a poorly nourished and sickly teenager in the misty gloom of the Massabielle grotto in 1858. Other towns in the area were already popular tourist destinations, attracting northern Europeans and … Continue reading

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The Historical Economics of Pilgrimage

“All the major regions and leading cities of Spain possessed images of Mary or of Christ which attracted pilgrims and whose sanctuaries were lined with testimonies of the miraculous cures they had wrought.” Brading, D.A. (2001).  Mexican Phoenix, Our Lady … 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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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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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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Topo Maps and Guides for Walking the Pyrénées and the Camino

Topographic maps and guides are on sale until June 30, 2012 through the online store run by the French Association for Hikers — Fédération Francaise de la Randonnée Pédestre. Pyrénées-Atlantiques  – Western region towards Atlantic Ocean Hautes-Pyrénées – High Pyrénées in the central … Continue reading

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