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Pyrénées Spas

Since the dawn of European tourism, the lure of enjoying spa waters at Cauterets, Barbazan and other Pyrenees mountain towns attracted visitors from Paris and beyond. Bagnères-de-Bigorre, was made famous by Victorian travelers in search of diversion, healing waters and … 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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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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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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How to Walk the Camino :: Part II

Camp in the Pyrenees Mountains © http://www.backpackinglight.com One difficulty I encountered was ambiguous sign postings along parts of the route. A path continuation may have two or three options and occasionally there was no clear choice. It seems like the … 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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The Way – Filmed on the Camino de Santiago

Watch the trailer from Icon Films.  You may also enjoy this article about the spiritual aspects of walking the Pilgrimage Path.

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