27 days ~ 700 km

April 22, 2010

We have completed our Chemin de Saint Jacque from Le Puy en Valez to Saint Jean Pied-de-Port. It’s an experience extraordinary in its simplicity. There is much to say about this fantastic time but it needs to be a bit synthesized first.
We are in a hotel room in Tours, on our [...]

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Chemin de St. Jacques Update II

April 7, 2010

Hello world.
For all those concerned about the rain and snow – no reason to worry. It hasn’t really effected the walking too much but made for some amazing looking boots and pants by day’s end…
We’re in Lauzerte today. We celebrated Robin’s 14th birthday by taking a day off walking. [...]

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Quick update on Chemin de St. Jacques

March 31, 2010

We’re in Espalion after having covered our first 158 km in 7 days. Everyone is well and we decided in the last moment to leave the pipes in storage; we simply couldn’t get the weight down to what was manageable with them so it is just the practice chanter. And given the snow [...]

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Thank you Plougasnou

March 21, 2010

For your charm, warmth and welcome in this fantastic 2 week experience.
It started with Debby Gamble and her welcome of us to la Creche sur 10 rue de Kerdalidic, her Gites. Her warm and inviting emails left us feeling as though we were in for a visit rather than a just a stay. [...]

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Collége Francois Charles – Plougasnou

March 18, 2010

Now you may be saying ‘enough with the piping already’ but… we had the most fun today.
Debby, our hostess at the Gites arranged for Robin to play at Collége Francois Charles in Plougasnou, Brittany. Her two younger daughters attend this school of approx. 120 students of about grades 7 through 10. [...]

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McCallum Bagpipes posts story on Robin’s travels

March 18, 2010

I was looking at the website for the McCallum Bagpipe Company, they’re the Scottish manufacturer of Robin’s bagpipes. and noted they accept owner’s stories. So I submitted one thinking they might be interested in where this set had traveled! And, they’ve posted it!
Check out the link if you’re interested. http://www.mccallumbagpipes.com/news.htm

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Planning for the Big Walk

March 16, 2010

Three years ago we took a sailing trip from Sydney, BC across the Juan de Fuca Strait to near Port Townsend, Washington. There we spent some time catching up with Wayne and Nicole Chimenti, our old friends from our time aboard Tole Mour, the tall ship we worked on when we were first married [...]

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Friday night in Plougasnou

March 13, 2010

We’ve enjoyed this past week of relative quiet. Robin is catching up on school work, David and I reading, running and planning for the upcoming big walk, and, all of us doing some local sight seeing from the comfort of ‘la Creche’ – a small cabin we’re in. The French country side in [...]

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France in our Underpants

March 12, 2010

That’s Dave’s line.
Robin and I are actually able to say just ‘France’ without going Homer about it; Dave not so much. We’ve been here in Plougasnou, Brittany for just two and a half days and already David is threatening to not ever leave again. It is gorgeous. And maybe something [...]

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Tales of adventure

March 11, 2010

Admittedly, we didn’t do England any justice in 5 days. There is so much more to see than we could begin on in that time but the intent was a brief stop en route to a longer stay in France. I think we’d have spent some time absorbing the jet and culture lag [...]

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