Arrived in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. The picture is our view for a morning cafe au lait and pain du chocolat. The hike starts tomorrow and we’ve registered at the Camino office and received our Camino ‘passports’, which are stamped nightly at each accommodation.
We spent three nights in London acclimatising to the time zone, visiting family and friends and recovering from LPGS consumption on the HKG-LHR flight.
Yesterday was a long travel day to here from London. The Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord was delayed 40 minutes and we missed our SNCF connection from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne and St Jean. All these trains were booked on the same ticket and the ticket office staff at Montparnasse was excellent: we were rebooked at no cost to a later train to Bayonne and SNCF paid for a taxi to St Jean (1 hour away and €143 cost). Everything worked flawlessly. Arrived at St Jean at 9pm, 2.5 hours later than planned but the restaurant next to the accommodation stayed open to feed us and we had the prix fixe dinner.
The rest of today will be choosing a lunch location from the myriad of bistros and restaurants, probably the same for dinner and getting a good rest tonight.
Tomorrow is day 1: St Jean to Orisson.
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@Toula92122 thank you very much. The views and food and wine have been very good so far. There’s been challenging uphills but that is all part of The Way.Thanks for your wonderful photos and descriptions. It’s made me feel like I’m on the adventure with you. Certainly has raised my enthusiam level for doing the same walk.