ARTICLES ON THE WEB
1. Here is a nice photoblog from a New Zealand pilgrim, who took the Le Puy route in 2008. Started at Le Puy in mid-April and reached Santiago 3 months later. Has nice photos of the route. http://chemincamino08.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B13%3A00&updated-max=2009-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B13%3A00&max-results=50
2. Aussie walks from Le Puy to Santiago http://strangeroad2santiago.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html
Spirituality for Pilgrims
Le Puy Route
1. Miam Miam Dodo by Lauriane Clouteau and Jacques Clouteau (in French, available from CSJ.org.uk or www.levieuxcrayon.com or www.amazon.fr). Translates as “Yum Yum Beddy-bye”, this definitive guide to lodging along the route is updated annually. Google translate is your friend, and it’s not hard to figure out.
2. The Way of St James by Alison Raju (Amazon). In English. Describes the route only, and interesting sites along the way.
1. Culture Smart France by Barry Tomalin (Amazon). A quick guide to customs and etiquette
2. Southwest France by Delia Gray-Durant (Amazon). One of the excellent Blue Guide series, focuses on history and architecture rather than lodging and dining, so is not frequently updated.
3. Early Medieval Architecture by Roger Stalley (Amazon). One of the excellent Oxford History of Art series. Trade paperback with many color plates, so it’s not cheap.
1. Cluny: In Search of God’s Lost Empire by Edwin Mullins (Amazon) The great monastery at Cluny in France funded much of the construction of infrastructure along the Camino. This fascinating tale covers the rise and fall of the great institution.
2. The Age of Pilgrimage: the Medieval Journey to God by Jonathan Sumption (Amazon) Well-written, comprehensive look at the impact of pilgrimage on everyday life in medieval Europe, from paupers to criminals to kings. This tale really helps you visualize the pilgrims who walked the way ahead of you.
1. Fixing Your Feet: prevention and treatment for athletes by John Vonhof (Amazon). And how else did you think you were going to walk 12 or more miles every day? An excellent read, lots of drawings, assumes no prior medical knowledge.
2. Treat Your Own Knees by Jim Johnson (Amazon). Exercises to include in your training.
3. The Pocket Doctor: A passport to healthy travel by Stephen Bezruchka (Amazon). Just because the Group Health Nurse line won’t be available
Other Pilgrimage Memoirs
1. I’m Off Then by Hape Kerkeling (Amazon). Translated from the German just in 2009, this memoir of a walk in 2001 on the Spanish route by a German celebrity set the entire German-speaking populace of Europe on the pilgrimage!
2. The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom. by Paulo Coelho 1987 (Amazon). Weird book about the pilgrim’s way. On the whole, didn’t like it much, but his idea of poking yourself painfully everytime you have a negative thought about yourself to help you be aware of what you are doing, stuck with me. This is my annotation from 2002. He is a well-known award-winning Portuguese writer.
3. Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain by Cees Nooteboom, 1992 (Amazon). When we get that far….
2. Carte de Promenade #50: St Etienne to le Puy-en-Velay (www.ign.fr)
3. Carte de Promenade #57: Cahors to Montauban (www.ign.fr)
4. Carte de Promenade #58: Rodez to Mende (www.ign.fr)
5. Carte de Promenade #63: Tarbes to Auch (www.ign.fr)
6. Carte de Promenade #69: Pau to Bayonne (www.ign.fr)