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Day 0 - Tuesday 15th April 2014

London Stansted to St Jean Pied de Port

 

Bus from Biarritz Airport to Bayonne

Bayonne Station

Our first indication that the train was not running and that we would be bused to St Jean Pied de Port

It does not take long before you start meeting fellow pilgrims... Jimmy (Edinburgh),
Mick and Nadya (Germany) with Glenn in the background

 

  Our first encounter with Jimmy on the bus from Biarritz Airport to Bayonne Station did not fill us with confidence. "You know, people die on the Camino" he said..... "Some people get injured and damage tendons and get blisters and can't continue".... he went on to say "and they have even had people who have got lost and disappeared for a week". And for Jane he had a special word..."You don't get many women of your age doing the Camino" he said! Thanks for that Jimmy! We wondered whether we should get on the next bus back to the Airport!  

 

Jane, Mick and Nadya with Glenn in the background

The River Nive, with Bayonne Cathedral in the distance

Beautiful buildings and pollarded trees!

Arriving in St Jean Pied de Port after one hour's bus ride

A unique way of handling a heavy rucksack!

St Jean Pied de Port

Michel Renaud (1812-1885) bust in St. Jean

 

Michel Renaud was a French politician who was born on April 12, 1812 in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port , and died on January 29, 1885 in Pau.

He was a merchant in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, and a member of the Lower Pyrenees from 1848 to 1851. Opposing the Second Empire, he was arrested during the coup d'etat of December 2, 1851 and exiled in Spain. He returned to France in 1860. He was elected in 1871 and sat on the group of the Republican Left. Defeated in parliamentary elections in 1876 and 1877, he was finally elected to the Senate in 1882. He died in office in 1885.

 

 

 

The town walls, St Jean Pied de Port

The River Nive, St Jean Pied de Port

 

 

Dinner at Hurrup Eta Klik Restaurant

The Pilgrim's Set Menu for Euro 12

The queue outside the Confraternity office at 9-15 in the evening, with Pilgrim's waiting
to get their Pilgrim's credential stamped.

 

Pilgrim's being interviewed by the Confraternity staff

St James

 

Accommodation Notes

Hotel Itzalpea, conveniently located for the main street in St Jean

The restaurant and reception area

My double room for single occupancy at Euro 58 per night