Monthly Archives: August 2016

The First Step

Enter the temple beautiful! The house not made with hands! Rain-washed and green, wind-swept and clean, Beneath the blue it stands, And no cathedral anywhere Seemeth so holy or so fair. – Virna Sheard In 2002 I inscribed this poem … Continue reading

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Roncesvalles for Vegetarians

There is not much choice in Roncesvalles so we brought our own meal with us – an Ainsley Harriott Lentil Dahl which we cooked in the albergue’s kitchen. This is light to carry. Just add water. The albergue has induction … Continue reading

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St. Jean Pied De Port for Vegetarians

Eating out My French isn’t great but from what I could work out there’s nothing vegan on any menu we saw on display in St Jean Pied De Port. You’ll need to ask to find out what they can offer. … Continue reading

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T minus 1

Woke up to rain. At breakfast we met three other guests waiting to be reunited with their luggage.  We spent the morning looking around and shopping for interesting items such as a razor and lemons.  The day brightened up somewhat … Continue reading

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Countdown holding at T minus one

We are in St Jean Pied De Port, a small town that is a starting point of the Camino Frances. It is a very pretty town nestled in the hills with a river running through it. We are staying in … Continue reading

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T minus 1 – Houston, we have a problem

Feeling refreshed at 4am after a good nights sleep, starting to lag again as we catch the flight to Biarritz at 9am. We get off the plane, go to the luggage carousel and watch a few bags come out, get … Continue reading

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T minus 2

12 hours on a plane.  I finished reading “The Way of a Pilgram” as we flew over Russia. The book is set there and tells the story of a pilgrim’s inner quest. We landed in Paris feeling jet lagged.

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T minus 3

We get up early, before light begins. We say goodbye to our nephew who is looking after our home and having just arrived in Australia is now on his own journey. The taxi driver to the airport takes “the if … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown Starts

Today is my last day at work. I’ve handed over my responsibilities to my capable colleagues and my Inbox is almost empty. I look forward to removing my work email from my phone and feeling that weight being lifted from … Continue reading

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Not bitten by the bug

Bed bugs Proactive treatment I’ve treated our sleep sheets, sleeping bags and packs with Permethrin to stop bed bugs – I used Equip Debugger purchased from Paddy Palin in Sydney. Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide and repellent derived from Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum) that does … Continue reading

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A bigger and lighter pot

Full of surprises, Fi came back one evening with a pot recommended to her by a colleague – the Sea to Summit XPot The pot weighs 340 grams and holds 2.8 litres, a bowl is 120 grams and a cup is 85 … Continue reading

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