Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port, September 21, 2022

 I had a great sleep even though there were 10 of us in the room. They were probably wishing I hadn’t arrived because I coughed a bit and then dropped my iPad noisily on the floor. I slept until about 9 which was awesome and then I had breakfast –

Croissant, a slice of brioche and part of a baguette! And usually I don’t eat much bread, ever!  Oh,oh!

After breakfast I crossed the Adour river -


to explore the old city of Bayonne.  It is beautiful and it was a lovely day.  The streets are narrow-


There were 650 homes with wood trim like this in the 1700s.  Few remain today-


A specialty of the region is the Basque cake.  This one is citrus flavoured and very expensive-


Another Basque specialty-


Nico loves castles-


Hayes tractors-


And Andi unicorns-


The Bayonne cathedral was started in 1213 and has two magnificent spires that are more than 80 m high–


The stained glass windows in the nave and choir are lovely-




In the chapel of Saint Jerome, which dates from 1531, the windows show Jesus exorcising a SyroPhoenician woman‘s daughter –


I found an Orange store and was able to get a Sim card and data. Saskatchewan may have high mobile phone prices but 30 days cost me $55 but that also included a 10 euro Sim card. At least I’m set now for the next month.

I caught the train to Saint Jean Pied de Port. Along the way –


SJPP is a medieval town in a walled city-







I visited the cathedral and lit a candle to start this spiritual journey-



Interesting grocery store items-



A local beer-


I will have my larger backpack sent from here to Santiago so I made those arrangements. We had a communal supper at the hostel and I met people from Israel, Germany, Sweden, the US, Korea and Japan. The owner of this hostel, Andrew, is from Australia and he bought the building five years ago and remodelled it. He says it’s a great place to live and it is truly a beautiful town.  He also told us this is the busiest time on the Camino and people are having a hard time finding accommodation.  Hmmmm…

Where I’m headed tomorrow-


I’m feeling better today about this big walk.  I am well rested  and looking forward to the morning. I think it’s going to be OK!



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