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Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Map
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This was our third Camino/Chemin and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The trail is well marked at all times, though it isn’t always following the All Trails route. We were told the route can vary due to conditions or accommodations available. We split the Camino in thirds, in order to get a rest day/laundry day, occasionally. We rested at Conques, Cahors and Condom. Good potable water is always readily available but do carry a litre each. If hot, carry more. Food on route isn’t always available so pack your baguette. Our only negative was the amount of road in the last third- 10 days- otherwise it was fabulous. The French people are very polite and welcoming even when our language skills were poor. Our accommodation food (half board) was delicious and did vary in style. This Camino is much less travelled than Spain, especially the last two thirds. Highly recommend.

Awesome experience. The trail is generally well marked and maintained. Some of the steep down parts are terrible but overall quite good. Enough gites for averaging 20 kilometers per day. Conques was fantastic, mostly because of the Abbaye and evening organ concert. I walked from Le Puy to Moissac in about 21 days. Every day was different, every day was hard, every day was fantastic.

There are two factors making this different from trails in the US: villages and gites. The trail passes through rural farms and picturesque villages which appear little changed from the Middle Ages. In the end near Le Puy you will meet more cows than people. The lodging for hikers is the gite, in which hikers stay in dormitories or private rooms, sometimes quite small and sometimes quite large. Most provide dinner and breakfast (Demi-pension) for a fee, a bed and food together averaging about €38 per night. Long dinners with other hikers and copious amounts of local wine and food make this experience extraordinary. As this is a pilgrimage trail, most hikers carry a credential and the symbol of the Camino, a scallop shell.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Yes! Don't miss the red wine and baguettes.

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Saturday, February 02, 2013