Beautiful character homes homes running along side the river;
Even a chateau!
The 12th C church is tucked into the trees and while simple, it’s a delight in this simplicity.
As we walked today we discussed who might be virtually following along with us on our Camino this time and realized that there would likely be more than a few folks who haven’t followed us before and might be curious about the process. Where we stay and our basic routine each day. To our usual followers, this is your moment to refresh your coffee:)
We begin each day at around 6:30 and quickly stretch out, get dressed, put away our last bits of gear then head off to find breakfast, either in the gîte or at a patisserie where we can get tea/coffee and pain de chocolate, bread or similar. Then it’s on with our packs that contain most everything we will need for our weeks of walking, and off we go. At the end of the stage we arrive at our next gîte where we are often enthusiastically welcomed and shown our beds. We then have a shower, put on fresher clothes, wash our walking clothes and go in search of a cold beverage which we enjoy while writing blogs (I don’t have one presently) reviewing photos and posting photos on various social media for folks to hopefully enjoy. After that we wander the village we are staying in and pick up any groceries we might need for the next day. Dinner is usually at 20:00 and is often wonderful complete with local wines, and if we are not taking demi-pension we go out to a bistro or small restaurant. The French being the French, meals seldom disappoint:) Usually we are in bed by 22:00. And we do it all over again the next day, and the next day, and the next day... it’s a really very simple way to live in a very uncluttered manner. After every Camino I always return home and give more things away and try to simplify my life. Let go. If you have any questions about our process or anything else, please just leave a comment at the bottom of our posts and I’ll make sure to answer.
Geoff amusing himself while Annemarie takes a nature break.
Yes, there are still some grapes in the south to be harvested.
Small country church.
A village where nothing was open for coffee time, so we turned here and climbed for about an hour.
Then after we descended we ended up walking along side a series of small stream which were very pleasant, but we had to keep an ear out for the cars and trucks.
Another small village along the way with a really nice old steeple.
And small villages were quite pleasant to walk through with bonjours to everyone!
Neil, some really nice bridges along the route!
And then we were in St. Gervais...briefly, as nothing open, but...
...we enjoyed this, and laughter at the maker of the sausage! You have to be a Camino geek to get this one:)
And tonight we are camping...in this!
Cute huh?! Sort of like a sail boat Dennis. You have to be careful moving around, but no sails to play with:(
A nice walk ahead tomorrow with options, but getting food along the way will be more difficult if that’s possible...nothing will be open. Such is France for the walker, but we love it. Dinner tonight...ravioli and weeners and beans in cans, all we could ge5 at the camp office! But we have wonderful Belgium beers to wash it down, and we are very grateful for that!