In Transit: Paris to Saint Jean Pied de Port

At long last, we’re headed to our Camino “trail-head,” Saint Jean Pied de Port. While Paris was enjoyable, it’s definitely time to get down to the business of walking this damn trail! 

 Mikey & Frank onboard the TGV Paris-Bordeaux St. Jean.

Weather forecasts, however, are not very encouraging. Mostly, we have a 80-95% chance of rain through Sunday in the Pyrenees region. I guess we’ll have a chance to break in the Frog Toggs (rain-suits) right away. Kind of apprehensive about the up-and-over transit of the Pyrenees tomorrow as we will attempt to complete a 25.1km (15.6 mile) hike with a 1450m ascent – all in one day! This is totally doable, but may take a bit longer depending on trail conditions. 

For now, we leave you with some highlights from our day and a half in Paris. Didn’t have too much time to explore, but clocked in about 30 miles just walking around the city. Buen Camino!

 Eiffel Tower at dusk.
  Statue of Liberty Torch replica with Eiffel Tower in background.

  Frank across the river from Notre Dame.
  Mikey in front of Notre Dame.
  Plaza at the Lourve Museum.

  Napoleon III’s apartments at the Lourve.  

  Frank checking out a badass support column.
  Venus de Milo.
 
 A seafood salad for lunch – AMAZING!
  Gotta love Parisian coffees! 

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At long last, we’re headed to our Camino “trail-head,” Saint Jean Pied de Port. While Paris was enjoyable, it’s definitely time to get down to the business of walking this damn trail!   

Mikey & Frank onboard the TGV Paris-Bordeaux St. Jean.
Weather forecasts, however, are not very encouraging. Mostly, we have a 80-95% chance of rain through Sunday in the Pyrenees region. I guess we’ll have a chance to break in the Frog Toggs (rain-suits) right away. Kind of apprehensive about the up-and-over transit of the Pyrenees tomorrow as we will attempt to complete a 25.1km (15.6 mile) hike with a 1450m ascent – all in one day! This is totally doable, but may take a bit longer depending on trail conditions. 
For now, we leave you with some highlights from our day and a half in Paris. Didn’t have too much time to explore, but clocked in about 30 miles just walking around the city. Buen Camino!

   

 

  

And They’re Off!

Well, almost – leaving for the airport, so will be available through email only from this point on. 

Itinerary is as follows:

-Mon: We fly overnight from Atlanta to Paris. 

-Tues-Wed: In Paris. 

-Thurs: Train to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port (the start of the Camino Frances). 

-Friday: Camino Day One!

We’ll keep updating this blog as much as possible. Wifi (pronounced “wee-fee” in Spain!) may be spotty, but who knows? Until then, bring on the peanuts!

A Georgia Reunion

After a brief stop to see Grandma in Florida, Mikey, Frank, and Nancy met up with Kerry in Georgia to do last shopping and get Kerry’s help with packing bags and knowing what to leave behind. We had a fun Saturday afternoon walking around Lafayette Square in downtown Lagrange before heading home to pack. 1 more day until Frank and Mikey fly to Paris!  


Frank, Nancy, and Mikey.

Mikey and Kerry (Someone had to snap the other picture!) 

 Kerry & Frank … hard at work?! 

  The family selfie!