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Castle Puivert: Troubadours and Troops

Prior to the  decimating Papal crusade against the Southern French Cathars, Puivert was known for sponsorship of the arts and poetry.  The fifedom and castle served as a meeting place for troubadours in the Aude and Roussillon region and a hospitable … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Foot-weary on the Camino

Kiwis have a reputation for being hard chargers in the outdoors.  These folks are headed for blisters! Take your time, break in your boots months before embarking on a walking journey, and cool your feet during the walk.  Foot care … Continue reading

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