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Solvitur ambulando

“It is solved by walking”. ┬áNo truer words have been spoken. ┬áDiogenes of Sinope, (Diogenes the Cynic), a 4th century (B.C.) Greek philosopher, “coined” this phrase in his response to some knucklehead (probably another lesser known philosopher) who was questioning … Continue reading

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The Camino Prep

   With about a little over a month to go before we shove off to France, climb over the Pyrenees and thus begin our walk of The Camino de Santiago Compestella, (also referred to as The Way of St. James), … Continue reading

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Threads of Anxiousness

Any trip short or long involves some sort of anxiety, and being an accomplished procrastinator especially hightens the sensation.  Checklists are made, gear is organized, prepared and/or purchased.  Contingency plans are developed.  Responsibilities are transferred.  Life, oddly enough, seems to … Continue reading

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Leaving on a Jet Plane…

So this morning is finally here.  Even though I can sleep in, I am up at the crack of dawn.  With any luck this will translate into being able to sleep on the plane.  The morning is soft and quiet … Continue reading

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Daze like this

Today was as long, if not longer than we expected.  We went through so many que lines, I felt like a mouse in an elaborate maze looking for cheese. Too many people too many shoes too many escalators ( 12 … Continue reading

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Tour de France – la premiere parties (part one)

Prior to heading out onto The Camino, we are spending a few days in France getting acclimated.  Our travel agent at AAA recommended Toulouse, as it would be central to some places we want to see, all of which require … Continue reading

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Tour de France – deuxieme partie (part 2)

Today’s excursion into the countryside of France was to the lovely town of Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, a famous French painter. Here we tour the museum that houses a good portion of his work (to include 31 of his … Continue reading

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Tour de France – Lourdes

As we head west towards the Pyrenees, the rolling hillsides become more pronounced and wooded. Wide green rivers meander nearby. The farmlands morph from sunflowers and vineyards to endless rows of corn with small herds of cattle huddled up on … Continue reading

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Lourdes – Austin Strong!

This morning we wake to grey and drizzly skies. Sue has scheduled a walking tour offered by the hotel we are staying in (La Solitude) of the Domain and all that is contained therein. We learn the history and timeline … Continue reading

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And so it begins…

(Day 1: 13km) This morning we hoof it to the train station to catch a train first to Beyonne and then to Saint Jean Pied de Port.  When we get to Beyonne we are directed to a bus, as are … Continue reading

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