St Jacques

Day 10: The Way of St James from Golinhac to Conques (13.4 miles)

September 27, 2012
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What to say? We have arrived at Conques. This has to be one of the most pretty towns I have ever visited. And our hotel- Auberge St Jacques- a stones toss away from the beautiful cathedral that sits in its centre. The hotel is as full of character as the rest of the town. I have […]

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Day 9: The Way of St James from Estaing to Golinhac (about 10 miles)

September 26, 2012
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Our itinerary for the walk and all accommodation was made by Sherpa Walking Holidays. Our walking notes warned us firmly that we had to have our bags ready for collection at 8, so we breakfasted in the gloomy early morning light at 7.30. The range of what we had been offered for breakfast had been […]

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Day 8: The Way of St James from St Come d’Olt to Estaing (10.6 miles)

September 25, 2012
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Deafeated by lack of available wifi today. So sorry for lack of blog today. Here’s a few pics from a lovely, lovely day. Ok, here’s a late night update. Bob and I are sitting opposite the church and below “chez D’Estaing. An excellent supper was accompanied by a bottle and a half of VDQS Estaing. […]

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Day 7: The Way of St James from Chely D’Aubrac to St. Come d’Olt (10miles)

September 24, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. It was tipping it down when I looked out of the window at 7, this morning. And it was still raining by the time we left the hotel at 8.45. Well, that’s why we carry waterproofs. A lot of people are walking the […]

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Day 6: The Way of St James from Nasbinals to Chely D’Aubrac (10.6 miles)

September 23, 2012
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  If I confess that our drinks bill this morning was 63 euros and that we had had a couple of beers at another bar in this pretty village (where I increased my lead to 5 nil in the Conques to Rodez taxi fare Cribbage tournament), you’ll understand why we had a late start today. We were […]

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Day 5: The Way of St James between Aumont Aubrac to Nasbinals (16.2 miles)

September 22, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. We had quite a lot of rain in the night, but as dawn broke it revealed just a slightly drizzly morning. The croissants were good and they declined to accept my offer of payment for last nights wine. My French really wasn’t up […]

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Day 4: The Way of St James from Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac (13.1 miles)

September 21, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. Ear plugs and a sleeping pill ensured a good nights sleep and protected me from Bob’s snoring. The breakfast was disappointing. No pastries and the bread wasn’t fresh and the small plate of cheese available was clearly last nights leftovers. But it was […]

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Day 3: The Way of St James from Sauges to Les Faux (17.2 miles)

September 20, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. I woke at 6 again. I hadn’t had the best of nights, and I honestly cannot blame Bob, though his snoring was epic. Basically I was nursing a hangover. No matter breakfast was excellent and the pain chocolat and pain raisins were as […]

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Day 2: The Way of St James from St Privat D’Allier to Sauges (11.9 miles)

September 19, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. I woke at 6 before my alarm. But I wasn’t unhappy about that. It meant that I had time for a leisurely cup of tea. Travel kettles are a wonderful invention and essential in France. The aspect of civilisation that provides tea making […]

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Day 1: The Way of St James between Le Puy en Valey to St Privat D’Allier (14.7 miles)

September 17, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation for the walk was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. Anxious about giving ourselves plenty of time for today’s walk, we walked up to the Cathedral, the “official” start of the walk, the night before. This is a walkers hostel nearby. We climbed steadily from the town from about 2100 […]

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Copyright Charles Hawes (2012)