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Le Chemin du Puy

Written on: Monday September 30th, 2013

A journal entry from: Europe 2013

It's been awhile since the last blog as we have been hiking the Chemin du Puy, a long distance hiking path that links with the Saint Jacques de Compostella path in Spain. We left the van in a campground at the end of our portion of the hike and took the train north to a place called Le Puy-en-Velay. From there we hiked 11 days and 283km back to the town of Figeac where we plan to begin the next stage of the hike next year. This particular pathway is the busiest in France but at this time of the year is relatively quiet. UNESCO has designated it a world heritage site with a huge number of monuments now listed. This means while walking and enjoying the marvellous scenery of rural France one is also passing by ancient churches, chapels, statues and an amazing number of crosses. At the same time the pilgrim absorbs a sense of the history and geology of the pathway through wayside information panels that line it. Aside from the sense of tranquility we felt walking through small hamlets and beautiful countryside so far from the modern world we particularly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world who are sharing a common moment. At the end of the day aching feet and limbs are assuaged by copious amounts of delicious French country cooking and local wine at inns and auberges along the way.

 

From Gail Amundsen on Sep 30th, 2013

Your blood pressure must be at a record low now. Sounds beautiful and spiritual