Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees

A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

Book - 2013
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Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths--a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela--"The Way" for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way. 32 pages of color photographs by Alison Harris.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2013.
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition.
ISBN: 9781605984322
Characteristics: xviii, 317 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Harris, Alison


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Nov 27, 2017

This was beyond boring. I tried to find a story - but the author meandered on and off 'The Way' and the path was lost. Every once and awhile I thought it would get interesting - like when his wife ripped her pants - but could not change into another pair because she only had one - but at dinner - she appeared in pants - not ripped. Where did they come from? Who edited this book? Anyway, out of all the Camino books I have read, this tanked.

May 18, 2013

surprisingly mundane for this subject manner; perhaps too personal? oh well.

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