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Ahh this is the South of France that we had hoped for! A clear blue sky with only the occasional white cloud scudding across . We set out , this time intent on a train journey, to Hendaye, a little town on the French /Spanish border for a day at the beach.
Arriving at the station we purchase our tickets in a hurry noting from the information board that, the train to Hendaye will be a platform two NOW! We dash on glad to have caught it and settle down. As the train moves on, ...
... rules are all is quiet by 10:30, which is fine, since the mountain awaits tomorrow. The forecast is better for tomorrow, so it's off to the pilgrim office in the morning to get our passport and our shell to identify ourselves as pilgrims and then we go. In the quiet, I find myself praying more than I have in quite some time. I guess that is already the work of the camino. I miss my family at home, but feel their support across the miles. Sleep awaits, as does a new adventure ...
Spanish haciendas that were so popular in Australia in the 70’s (admittedly we
did not travel any further south than Madrid, so maybe they are all there
waiting for us).
We travelled along many minor roads which had two
plusses, we got to see much more of the local villages and we avoided some of
the more ridiculous tolls. Arrived about
lunch time the following day in a seaside resort that looked to all intent as
if someone had come ...
... and giggling and taking silly photos one of which is the very lame selfie where I'm trying to work out how to take it! Being in Biarritz was different to the rest of France. The streets are still complicated as well as the language but it was very beautiful and had a relaxing vibe. Two weeks after we left we heard the women's Roxy pro surf competition was cancelled from no waves! I was so sad to say goodbye to France for now but very excited to check our Spain - our next stop San Sebastian.
The trail starts with a lot of mountain climbing and we were thrilled that the rain had stopped for a while. The French Pyrenees are stunning and despite the relatively gloomy weather, I was having a ball. As a trail runner from Seattle, I was in my element, and I remember a particularly poignant moment when I looked ...