Category Archives: Europe

Valcarlos to Roncesvalles

Or should I say Luzaide to Orreaga? In this region, one place bears 3 names. Like it’s Roncesvalles in Spanish, Roncesvaux in French and Orreaga in Basque. Oh, I have to give it to the Basque to insist on its … Continue reading

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The Little French Basque Village At The Foot of the Pass (Saint Jean Pied de Port)

The most popular route when doing the Camino de Santiago Compostela is the Camino Frances. And it starts in this tiny but enchanting Basque village in the south of France. Saint Jean Pied de Port or SJPP literally translates to … Continue reading

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Sheep Bells Through The Mist (SJPP to Valcarlos)

Stepped out of our Hotel Itzalpea at 7:30 this foggy morning. Skipped breakfast, thinking there’d be a cafe bar between Saint Jean Pied de Port and Valcarlos, the first town in Spain from the French border. Still Basque Country. In … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises in Pamplona

We skipped Pamplona the last time we were in this area. Not this time. I intend to walk my Camino here (from St. Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles) sometime in the near future so here I am. Con mi … Continue reading

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Padre Pio, Stay With Us

I have long wanted to go to San Giovanni Rotondo to visit the Shrine of Padre Pio. It’s  quite a way from Rome and involves a train and bus ride of around 4 hours. But this time, I’m determined to go. … Continue reading

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Buon Giorno, Papa Francesco!

Because you see him on TV, magazines and posters often enough, he’s a familiar figure and you easily “connect”. But we didn’t foresee being within a few meters from him. Such blessing. My niece was so happy as I snapped … Continue reading

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Mama Mia, I Want My Bistecca 

Our Italian sojourn was both a walking and food porn holiday. Before and after our Italian Camino (called Via Francigena in these parts), we indulged ourselves. From Florence to Lucca to Pisa to Viterbo to Roma and the Amalfi coastal … Continue reading

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