Day 0 – Arrived in St. Jean Pied de Port


(I’m having some frustration with WiFi and have removed some photos. )

The travel by sitting is over – tedious flight from Toronto to Paris, bus from CDG to Orly airport, flight to Biarritz/Bayonne, where I had a cheap room (€35 without private bath at the Hotel Monte Carlo) near the train station. This morning I had a station breakfast with an Internet forum friend, Margaret, who is coincidentally starting on the same day. She is 77 or 78 and this is her 11th Camino. She takes about 7 weeks to walk the 800 km.
On the 1-hour train/bus trip there were half a dozen other pilgrims. We straggled our way to the pilgrims’ office in St. Jean and found places to stay. Margaret and I had lunch and then said goodbye until Roncesvalles in 2 days. She is taking the road and valley route while I am taking the Napoleon route over the Pyrenees.
Tonight I will stay in the same place as last year – Beilari – since they have a nice communal dinner. Now that the busy season is over, there’s lots of choice.
I’ve been wandering the town this afternoon, trying to adjust to jet lag but not over-exert myself. Now sitting on a bench watching traffic in a roundabout.

Time to head to the refuge to meet my roommates.  As the first arrival I got a good bed in a room for only 3 people!

Later… I’m lying in bed in a room by myself, 10 pm, looking forward to the morning. Only 6 other pilgrims here tonight: a group of 3 (2 Americans plus a German, together since they met on a previous camino), a pair of brothers-in-law from the UK, and a German. Only the German is intending to walk to Santiago on this trip. They are all such nice people that it is already sad that they’ll be leaving after a week, but the Camino will provide other companions!

15 thoughts on “Day 0 – Arrived in St. Jean Pied de Port

  1. Buen Camino Clare,
    I will be following your journey as you make you way across the Pyrenees and through Spain.

  2. I’m excited to follow your Camino as well, Clare! I’ve been missing the Camino a lot lately, and my ‘blog friends’ are a great remedy for that. Buen Camino!

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