Bordeaux to Saint Jean

Up and about early to get the train – managed to get our tickets from the machine no problem!

Bordeaux to Bayonne then an hours wait for the next train so we wandered off to get breakfast. Warm and blue sky – how wonderful to sit outside at a streetside cafe.

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We travelled by train from Bayonne to Cambo les Bain then as the track was out for maintenance we were bussed up into the Pyrenees. Fab scenery!

Waited for the Pilgrim’s Office to open and spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth on a nearby flower. Sadly realised my camera was on the wrong setting to get a decent shot 🙁

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Checked into the Pilgrim’s Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port – many pilgrims here of a whole variety of nationalities. Received our credencials (pilgrim’s passports, which we’ll need to get stamped every day that we walk) and our first stamp.

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Explored a little and checked into Gite Ultreia. J went swimming in the river and we had a picnic tea.

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After a few hours J realised that she couldn’t find the bag that she’d had earlier – it contained all their money! She kept calm and tried to think where she last had it. The Pilgrim’s Office so she dashed back up the hill and there it was still sitting on the desk where she’d left it. All the money still inside. Phew! More camino magic at work!

Late evening I sat by the church watching as the Crag Martins gathered in the dusk to roost.

There is a distinct air of expectation and anticipation in the air.

 

France

Not too early a start, caught the 10:50 EasyJet flight to Paris and all went smoothly – apart from realising after checking in that i’d left my iPhone charger plugged in at the hotel! Doh!

Had a couple of hours wait at Paris Charles de Gaulle before catching the TGV train to Bordeaux. We travelled first class as it was only four euros each extra 🙂

Saw the Eiffel Tower from the train!

Arrived Bordeaux around 20:40 and checked into the hotel – the same one I stayed at last time, the Aquitane, so we had no problem finding it – just a five minute walk from the station. A warm and balmy evening here. Lovely. A long day so we all had an early night.

Heading off…

The day started off well enough, caught the afternoon flight from the island to Glasgow. P and J’s bus from Inverness where they had overnighted with their son was due into Glasgow central around 5pm so I headed straight for the hotel to see whether they had checked in yet. No. I wasn’t able to check in as the booking was in their name.

Two and a half hours later I was getting really worried and I had no way of contacting them (they have no mobile phone!). Eventually, after about 4 hours they arrived – their bus had crashed and they’d had to wait for a replacement.

Large glasses of wine called for – we were now all together and they were, very fortunately, and by some amazing luck or camino magic, unhurt.

Our camino can begin!