Back to nature – Day four

I am sitting in a lovely garden of the main Albergue in gorgeous Puente La Reina. It’s quite surreal because white fluffy stuff from the trees is snowing down on me. I’ve had a splendid day and the 24 plus kms seem easy, guess I am getting a little fitter. I left around 8am from … Read more

Stroll to Pamplona – Day Three

Firstly, this update might be a little short,  mainly due to there being lots to see in Pamplona, but also some video editing too. I started a little later today, well 1hr 15 later to be precise. I had pre-booked a very swanky albergue here in Pamplona, so felt no rush. The albergue is so … Read more

Foothills to the flats – Day Two

Here I am at the Albergue Municipal in the charming little industrial village of Zubiri. The municipal albergues are the most basic of pilgrim accommodation, which are run by the local council, but also have a reputation for being the most sociable. For a mere €8 or £6, you are provided with a bed, bathroom, … Read more

France to Spain – Day One

I am sitting here with an Estrella Galicia beer under a hot Spanish sun. Just a few hours ago I was in a bleak, windswept landscape, high in the French Pyrenees. A small reptile, not much bigger than a gecko, is inches from my foot. Like me  searching for shade, but all I can do … Read more

St Jean Pied de Port – Day Zero

St Jean Pied de Port Camino

So here I am again in the charming little town of St Jean Pied de Port. The day started off at the Ibis Budget in Anglet, then a short bus ride to the Gare de Bayonne. After waiting in line for 30 mins to buy a train ticket, I learned that there was no train … Read more

Last minute purchases

How suddenly these things come around. It seems like an age since I initially planned this trip to Southwest France and across Spain, but in fact it was hatched just two months ago, in a Ho Chi Minh City hotel. I have spent a week buying and replacing gear, and just realized my sleeping bag … Read more

In a little over two weeks

This time in two weeks I will be sitting in the grande surrounds of an IBIS Budget Hotel in the French town of Bayonne. Between now and then I have a huge to do and buy list. In fact, the list isn’t even complete yet. I flew back to the UK from Indonesia last Wednesday, … Read more

Camino Santiago Again

This will not be the first time I have set foot on the most famous Camino of them all, the Camino Frances (or French Way). I have actually been on the Camino twice before, completing just a third. The first time was from St Jean Pied de Port to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. I … Read more