Over the Pyrenees
Day 1. A beautiful walk from St Jean Pied de Port this morning after mass which was in Basque, not French. After the church had cleared, I asked the priest for the traditional blessing for pilgrims and he kindly obliged. Highlight of the mass for me was the beautiful singing. It seemed that it was just the normal way of praying for the locals. Just about everything except for the homily was sung. Today's walk of 8km took 3 hours, a steep climb with beautiful views over the lower Pyrenees. How people farm on the sides of the mountains is mystery but they've been doing it for a long time.
The walk of only 8km lead to what I would describe as a small, alpine hotel, with an outdoor dining terrace with a magnificent view. Bunk beds (I'm in with 4 other women and one other man, all in our more mature years) and very basic toilet / shower facilities. I've had a shower, rinsed out some clothes It's 5pm as I write and now raining. But the walk up from St Jean was fine and dry.
Day 2. Hi Kath. I'm now safely in very large and modern alberge just inside Spain after the beautiful walk over the Pyrenees. We're just next to a monastery with real monks. Mass and blessing of pilgrims at 8pm. I'm going to buy a pilgrim's meal for tonight. So far my feet are ok,but tomorrow will be my first day carrying my full pack. God bless. Photo Gallery Michael's Pilgrimage