Before you go on: don’t worry if you don’t have yet any reason to do the camino. You’ll got several after walking a few days! I have met one person who thought there was only one way to do the camino. I tried to listen to her, but I could’nt … Continue reading
What will you bring with you? Well: the minimun. In almost all guides, you can read that 8-10% of your weight is enough. Believe it. Forget all these things that “could be nice to have sometimes”. Yes, it’s true, I missed the warm fleece I leaved in Estella, and the … Continue reading
The train trip to Saint Jean Pied de Port was wonderful. The trail meanders between hills and follows the river valley. Saint-Jean is a touristic village. And a border village. It reminds me of another similar village in Northern France, Sierck-les Bains. Today, it has been overcast. Thunderstorm. Now it is clearer. I have met an Italian and his son. It seems to be many people on their way to Santiago. I’m worried that it can be crowded. I walked around the Saint Jean and felt free. Continue reading
A tough day. Started at 7 am and arrived at 3 pm. It went up, mostly. Significantly: 1200 m in 20km. But so beautiful. The worst was probably after the top, the way down to Roncesvalles. It was steep, hard for knees and hips. I met Livio and his son in Roncesvalles.
Here is a dormitory with about 100 beds. Beautiful place, perhaps an old church hall. I got a blister before I started walking, but it has not been any problems. Continue reading
Started to walk half eight with Livio and Manu. The first 20 km were easy, but the last ten were difficult. It took as long as yesterday, although the way did not go up. The way to Santiago seems to become a small community. The ramblers are already finding their place, their rôles. Funny. A lot of people has disappeared to day. Perhaps they stayed in Zubrini or went further. Others have been coming. The refugio is full. I have not eaten since breakfast, but feel ok. Right expensive to eat in Spain. Continue reading
It could have been an easy day, just 20 km. But I walked at least 30 km. Manu and I walked away from Livio in Pamplona. Later, Manu decided to seek his father. I went to Cizur but got worried about Manu so I went back to Pamplona. I asked everyone I met, but no one had seen them. Finally, I found them. Puhhh.
Some people talk about the camino as if it was a kind of Paris-Dakar rally. Like if it was a performance, and give you a lot of technical tips on socks, equipment, and anecdotes you don’t want to hear.
Pleasant evening with people from Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, USA, Brazil, Spain … Continue reading
Easy stage, 20 km. But it’s always the same, the last hour is always one hour too much. And it was very hot. Walked a while with Rita from the Switzerland. A 70-year-old pig woman who collects rocks and go from refugio to refugio. Some people are running from her. She sometimes give a lecture on the Swiss political system 🙂 We went up to El Perdón, where “the road of the wind meets the road of the stars”. We had a long break at a beautiful octagonal church, Santa Mariá de Eunate. A little difficult to be here and now. Felt a bit like Don Quichotte today. All of us have been reading a lot of books and guides about the camino and then went ahead. We met mills at El Perdón … Continue reading
Hard day. Livio and Manu walked away from me, I could not walk as fast as they do. Poor roads. An it was very, very hot. The evening was more pleasant. Met Carole and Virginie and we had a beer down town. Then we ate together with a goup Spaniards. They are incredibly generous, they take care of everybody around them. They prepared a big salad in a large bowl we had seen before… And we laughed a lot. Continue reading
One of the Spaniards broke, knee injury. Half the camino is about walking, the other half are people you meet. Went a while with Virginie today. We talked a lot. But yes, there are less nice people too. The dinner was pleasant to night too. The Italians stood in the kitchen. A couple of persons were drunk. Some have to carry in their “backpack” … Hot to day too. Continue reading
Tough night, too hot. Then a long day. Walked alone most of the day and waited for all in Viana. Went to Logroño with Virginie. Got lost. We were exhausted in the heat. We had a siesta under a tree. The sun was still high when we went again and it was hard to go. I was worried about Virginie. We arrived late at 8 and missed dinner : ( Carmen and her family, Pepe and a few others Spaniards ended up here. Sad. My bed is under the roof, and it will be at least as warm as last night, without fresh air. Logroño seems to be a nice town. Continue reading
A terrible day. Really Hot. Apparently a record. Boring to go such a day. Walked with Carole and Virginie. For a while I thought Virginie would collapse. Hard. It took twelve hours to go 30 km. Hope it will be easier next days. Continue reading
I don’t remember so much about this day. Warm, but not like the day before. A thunderstorm in the evening. Oh yes, somebody was snoring at the beginning of the night, but I waked wrong person in the dark. Which the other pilgrims thought was funny. Continue reading
Just a nice day. Not to warm. A magic evening with friends, a lot of nice talk. I’m high! Continue reading
Hard day. Walked mostly alone. Really hot. I’ve been thinking a lot. Passed St. Juan and went to the next village, Agés. Ended up in a fresh Refugio. Wonderful! Ate a good paella. New showers. Nice with high standard sometimes 🙂 Continue reading
Started with pouring rain. Nice! Walked fast. That’s the day I started singing for myself when I walk. It was raining untill Burgos. There is a lot of quiet villages with many ruins along the camino. They build a lot of new as well. I found out I have to go all the way, be here and now, no shortcuts. We said good-bye to Livio and Manu in the afternoon. Then we went out and eat tapas and said goodbye to Lily, Linda, Iris, Carlos and Mark. The last night with the friends. I will miss them. Went late to bed. Continue reading
Didn’t saw many pilgrims in the morning, it was like they all quit in Burgos. Virginie caught me up. We were pretty tired after our little party last night. We didn’t walked many kilometers and stayed in Calzada de las Rabe. Good for the body to rest. It was very hot. Patrizio went by. He said a thing I just thought about: “This is a maturation stage”. We leave a bit of us behind us and move on. It was the last time I saw him.
Unfortunately, our hostess was an intolerant woman. She complained about everything and everyone. She and her husband seemed to live for the camino. They had decorated a small museum, were marking the road winter time, etc. But she wanted everyone to see, understand the camino just as she did. She thought you only can understand the camino in a religious way. When you meet pilgrims you should be aware that there are as many opinions as there are pilgrims. If you do not have a closed mind. She seemed unfortunately to have a closed heart too. Continue reading
Tough day. Started at 5 to avoid the heat. We saw nothing, could not see the arrows. Walked away from Virginie. I didn’t found a place where I could eat some breakfast before 9, at a nice place in the middle of nowhere where some nice hippies are living. Had another break shortly after in a beautiful village, Hontanas. I came to Castrojeriz quite early. Carole came later. She wanted to walk further. But her back was hurting and she stayed too. We took a walk in the village and ate a boring menu for pilgrims. It felt very strange to be only the two of us. We are both missing all the friends. On the other hand, we got time to speak with each other. Carole juggles with the language. She is making funny puns and comparisons, funny images. She was for example speaking about all the thoughts that are coming to her when she walks. It is easy to deal with easy thoughts she said, but when difficult thoughts are coming, “then I start looking at the butterflies”.
Another one (long time after Castrojeriz): “You are not listening when I am thinking!” Continue reading
It was party all the night, St. Juan. When I started at 6 were people still dancing. I was still hearing the music when I left, it was like tones that called me back. It was a tough hill at the beginning, tilll Alto de Mostelares. At the top, I met Guy who had been sleeping there. Then it was pretty flat to Frómista. It went fast, I came at half past twelve. For once, I took a siesta. Later, Carole came. She had a greeting from Virginie. Caroles back is still hurting. We looked around in the village and ate dinner with Patrick and Claude.
About 10 km before Frómista I met a man who collected the names of the pilgrims in a notebook. He just stood in the middle of the road and stopped everybody. There were a few names on the page where I could write. One of them was Patrick. I got confused. When I came to Frómista I heard someone shouting at Patrick, who sat a few meters from me.
There are two of Patrick on the camino. Or is it the same, with two personalities? Continue reading
Started at 7. Fine day. It was easy to go. I was happy. Walked with a girl from Canada. She was carrying 17 kg and was walking in thongs. Geez. She drank almost nothing and did not seem in good health. I suggested that she could try my shoes or sandals but she would not. She had a huge blood blister when we arrived. She wanted to take the bus to Leon, but there were no seats so she hitchhiked.
I took a siesta in the shadow at plazza Sta Maria. Continue reading
Woke up 7. It would have been a difficult day, if a cold wind didn’t made it easy. Nice albergue in Ledigos. Met Carole and Virginia again and we ate together. Guy came by. We offered him food and wine. Guy is an educated man He is retired and has seen much in his life. Continue reading
Met Alex. He takes risks, his ankles har hurting him. Nice day. Nice Albergue in El Burgo Ranero where I met Luis and Ann. Went and ate with Ann, and two Danes. I enjoyed it. Continue reading
Started at 6. Still dark. Hard to sleep when Spaniards celebrated St. Pedro and danced all night. There was a tivoli outside. The frogs were singing in a pond outside the village when I left. Walked 35 km. Was pretty tired when I arrived to Leon. I walked down town. I visited the cathedral and teh old town. I met Sophie, (I met her previously in Belorado). We spent the rest of the day together. She still had problem with her feet and would take the bus. I slept good for the first time since a long time ago. Continue reading
A new month. Started quite early. Difficult to find my way out from Leon.Ate breakfast after 7 km. Then I took a different path. A lot of pilgrims anyway. The Albergue in Villar de Mazarife is enjoyable. Painted in green, blue, orange, red. I will sleep outside. Many french speaking people, many older people too. When I talked about all the thoughts that are coming when you walk with Sophie, she said that she doesn’t think. She just look around and enjoy. So I practiced today. Continue reading
Dull day. Nothing special, I just wanted to come to Astorga. Astorga is a nice town. Fine central place, which is not called Plazza Mayor if I remember correctly. As in Leon, there is a house designed by Gaudi. Not so nice. Emilie and Marie invited me for a glass of wine. They are stopping here tonight. They will walk the remaining stages next year. When I came back to the albergue in the evening I saw the cathedral in the evening light. Very nice. Beautiful facade. Continue reading
New views on the camino today. And it’s going up. Beautiful. II am in Focebadón, 1400m. It’s burning in the forest far below the village. The village is a bunt of ruins. And two restaurants and a church, where the Albergue is. I met two women from Quebec. La vie est belle, they say. We went and ate at one of the restaurant that has a medieval theme. Paula and George joined us. The food was good but my stomach was up and down during the night. Continue reading
Fog and cold when I started. The wind was strong. It went up a lot, maybe to 1500 m. Passed la Cruz de Fer. I have heard you have to leave something from home here. The only thing I could find was a coin.
It happened something amazing when I came on the other side of the hill. The sun began to shine through, the clouds went up and Ponferrada and the mountains around seemed to emerge from the fog. I was amazed.
The last kilometers to Ponferrada were hard. Sara and Alex joined me at the Albergue. Ramon has broken his foot and stays here. Alex, Sara and Jeff, from Brazil, cooked and ate together. Continue reading
I walked without motivation today. I saw a lot of beautiful scenery. Many new people after Leon and Astorga. Most young people. Looks like charter groups. Not so good vibes anymore. Continue reading
I took the wrong road and followed a highway. And I had to go on concrete. Not funny at all. I met Delphine where the path begin to rise to O Cebreiro. She stayed in La Faba. Then I met Alex, Sara and Jeff. O Cebreiro is a place for tourists. There is maybe five restaurants, a small supermarket, a souvenir shop. The small church was nice and simple. Something unusual along the Camino. The view was amazing. It is a pass, so you have the view at all sides. The wind was cold. I froze. At a restaurant was a man playing classical guitar. Wonderful. Was sitting with Sara, Alex and Jeff and it was nice. We had dinner there. They spoke Spanish most of the time but I understood most of it. Continue reading
I probably walked too fast on the way down to Triacastela. My legs began to hurt me. It was difficult to walk. And instead to stay in Triacastela , I continued to Calvor. May be a mistake. There is nothing but the albergue in Calvor. We are five. Comfortable, all the tourists are gone. But it is not a pleasant place. There is a notice threatening that the guardia civil will come if you do not leave the albergue in time in the morning. And the manager was rude. I had to walk back 2 km to eat. Funny place, I never thought I would get food. A small village, the only thing you see is a bar, but there was a great restaurant hidden in there. The usual “étouffe chrétien” as Carole says (a meal that get a christian to suffocate 🙂 but well served. Continue reading
Hard to go. My legs are hurting. Met a guy from Canada who I met earlier who gave me anti-inflammatory tablets. Fantastic! That helped, it was easier to walk then. Now is the boring on the camino. Most tourists and school groups. Many seems to walk only the final 100 km. Sad. Had to sleep in an annex, not so fun. Continue reading
My legs hurt today too. Despite the pills. It’s hilly enough and plenty of shadow but I’m tired of the cold wind. I walked further today too to get rid of the tourists. Ended up at a really nice albergue outside Palas del Rey, in San Xulián do Camino. We were only four. The tourists stayed in Palas. Good. Good meal, everything is clean. But it’s expensive. I like our host, a wise man. Interesting to talk with him. Sat a long time and talked with a man who had worked half his life in France. Continue reading
Started to walk pretty late. Looked first at the tourists who passed by. After a few km, I red on a road sign that there was 60 km to Santiago. It made me sad. Only 2 or 3 days to go. There was a cafe just there. Delphine sat there so I stayed to hear what she did the last days. Then we continued to walk together. It was a nice day. We talked a lot. We sat at a cafe near the albergue in Ribadiso and talked so long that there were no bed left when we arrived. We had to sleep outside. Luckily had Delphine had a security felt I could borrow, otherwise it would have been cold. Continue reading
A quiet day. We did not hurry, we will only walk 40 km in two days. I bought a belt at the market in Melide. I’m loosing my shorts 🙂 We arrived early in Santa Irene. Under the walk, Delphine told me about her grand-mothers last days and about her relationship to her. I have seldom heard such a touching story.
The albergue was quickly full. Luckily, there is not so many beds. Alex and Sara also stayed here. We ate together with some Italian friends. Delphine worked as host. The woman who worked asked her and went away. She didn’t came back as she promised. The albergues in Galicia are free. Continue reading
The last stage. We walked quite slowly. It’s not blowing cold anymore. We walked through a huge camps where apparently a lot of pilgrims usually stay. Now we see Santiago. Barely 10 km to go. And suddenly are we in front of the cathedral in Santiago. Our goal. Strange. Unreal. Is it over? Difficult to understand. Delphine continues to Finisterre so we eat a good dinner. Continue reading
Santiago become my home town a few days. The reason for this is that I regularly go past the Cathedral and I often meet people that I have walked with. We hug, talk and say goodbye to each other. Happiness and sadness at the same time. And suddenly nobody I know is coming by.
It is time to travel back home. Continue reading
So it was time to start. I didn’t looked forward to walk through Sweden. I thought I knew how it should be: boring. I had forgotten that to walk is not the same thing as to drive. You walk other paths, you are coming nearer the landscape, you see other … Continue reading
Starting in Vreta. It was about three months since I walked the first stage. It is my first day on vacations. It has been raining quite much, it’s cloudy, but I hope it will be fine weather the next days. It’s a nice weather to walk. Not to warm. Just … Continue reading
It has been raining all the night. I woke up early and waited a while in the tent and cooked some coffee, but the rain didn’t stop so I packed up and went. The grass was high and my trousers and shoes were wet after 500 meters. Impossible to find … Continue reading
Two weeks later. Time for a new try . Began to walk at 9. The sky was dark, but I hoped it should be ok. High grass on the path and I got wet after 5 km. The rain started after 10 km. Again, I have to walk on asphalt … Continue reading
I woke up at 4.30. Not raining! Went out to hang clothes. There was some wind and I hoped they should dry soon. I gave up at 9.30, not even mymicro fiber t-shirts were dry. At least 🙂 100 % humidity. Continue reading
Back where I broke last year. The weather is better, much better. It’s warm and nice to walk in the early evening. I began after work, so I’m not going so long, 10 km. I found a nice place to sleep, but it’s near the E4, the main road through … Continue reading
I started early. It was a good idea, it was so warm. I had to walk several km on asfalt, no funny 🙁 I met a man who has been walking to Santiago several times, each time different ways. I got tired, it was very warm. I had to ask … Continue reading
A hard day. So warm! About half way, I had no water left. I had a long break in Huskvarna och ate a sandwich. I had to ask for water again. I found a nice place for the night at about 7. I went to sleep as soon as the … Continue reading
I didn’t thought it could be warmer, but it could! I was a very hard day. I didn’t walked that long, but I was very tired at the end of the day. I could have quit. Water was a problem. I bought more in Vaggeryd. I was now bearing about … Continue reading
Not so warm, easyer to walk. A lot of wood, no villages, a few houses. The pics from the stage
The pics from the stage
The pics from the stage
The pics from the stage
I didn’t look my map or the signs and I took the wrong way 🙁 I broke in Ullared. I choosed to have one more day to rest before going back to work.
Left home yesterday, traveled by train and bus to Ullared. Walked about 3 km. I was already in my sleeping bag at 7 pm and watched nature around me. Nice evening. Sweet dreams. Waked up early in the morning and looked at the mists. Went up half past five. It … Continue reading
A nice stage to Rugård. Nice to walk along the sea. The only coastal stage of this trek. Not so fun to walk on rolling stone, however. Especially for shoes. I arrived at the camping just when they were about to close the reception. Was ready with the tent just … Continue reading
Today’s stage was long, longer than I thought, especially because I went lost and walked much longer. Started at 8 and arrived at 7. Tired but feeling good. Pretty nice weather. My little toe (left foot) is injured, did not notice it. No skin left around on the top. Hope … Continue reading
Short stage, but hard day. Worried about my feet. Was pretty nice to walk anyway. When I didn’t had to trudge in the sand so to say. Stayed in Aarhus, at the youth hostel in Risskov. Expensive, but I do not know where I can spend the night before Skanderborg … Continue reading
23 km, according to the brochure, between Åhrus and Skanderborg. Well, 35, at least. But my feet are ok. Just a little more tape. Staying at a camping place outside Skanderborg. 160 Dkr for a night! But nice hosts. The pics from the stage
I got a lot of good advices from my hosts in Skanderborg. It was raining about an hour after 8:30 pm and then it was quite. A bit cold at night. At 8 am I was on my way. Rain, sun, hail, cold wind. Quite ok to go anyway. Shortcut … Continue reading
It is easier to go if you are not hungry and thirsty. That’s a good thing with Denmark, you walk through many villages where you find shops. Have probably been walking a lot today also, certainly over 30 km. I’m now walking on Haervejen since midday. Finally! Have been reading … Continue reading
No rain last night but everything was wet when I woke up as well. It started raining when I got up. Everything I packed was wet. Later in the morgning a beautiful sun came. I ate lunch in Jelling, a place with many historical remains. I was hoping to stay … Continue reading
Very humid this night too, became warmer then. Beautiful landscapes in the morning. I’m in Vejen now. I realized that I have been walking quite long since I started. Hard to choose between a short or a longer stage tomorrow, it’s not as many places to stay next night. I … Continue reading
I have become a walk machine. I’m just going and going. Too much maybe, nearly 40 km today. As in Vejen, they have moved the camping here also. Must walk a few more kilometers. Tough at the end of the day. I was pretty happy when everything was dry when … Continue reading
Last stage for this year. Quite easy, not so long. Cold in the wind. Stayed in Aabenraa, raining almost all night. Everything was wet the next morning. Not a big deal when you know you will be at home in the evening. The pics from the stage
Stayed at a nice little camping in Rise near Rødekro. “In bed” at 9. It was a party in the village. The same noise level as in Spain for San Juan or San Pedro, until early in the morning. Woke up halv past sex! Almost everything was wet. My sleeping … Continue reading
Wondering why I brought sunglasses. There is no good weather when you are walking. It’s too hot, too cold, it’s raining, it’s blowing … Best to appreciate the good moments and enjoy a refreshing rain after a hot sun, or the wind that dries your clothes after the rain. But … Continue reading
The wind was so strong last night that I did not heard the traffic on the motorway. Slept with all clothes on but froze anyway. Woke upp five forty-five. Breakfast and off. My clothes were not dry of course. Partly cloudy. I walked quickly in the morning. Stayed quite often … Continue reading
A long day. Quiet night, no wind, not so cold. Sunny when I got up, but the tent was wet. Started at 7 am and I was soon taking off my pull over. Nice. Unfortunately I had to take it on me soon again. Went lost almost immediately. The path … Continue reading
Did not sleep well. I was shaking when I went to bed, had probably some fever. Began to walk at 7. Walked fast. Did not took many breaks before lunch. Took a long lunch break and then took it easy to not to arrive too early. The path is not … Continue reading
It is not because something is easy to do, that you have to do it quickly. You are not supposed to get tired because it is easy to walk. I must slow down…. I should have mentioned my hostess that I should eat breakfast earlier. I wake up early. Began … Continue reading
The breakfast was ok, it was enough for my lunch too. But German coffee is not so good. I walked a long way to go back to the camino. I wanted to hurry up to Glückstad, I knew it was not so far away. Only asphalt today. Got there at … Continue reading
Boring day. I knew it was a pretty short stage so I wanted to arrive as quickly as possible. I was at the youth hostel at 12:15 pm It had closed at 12. I left my backpack and took a walk in town. Charming. I went back to the youth … Continue reading
Good day. Strange, it was raining and I froze 🙂 But I felt well and it was nice to walk. Although I had a little injury – my right big toe is skinned. It is not the first time, I must be more careful. I started at 8 from Stade. … Continue reading
Blue sky when I woke up, but my tent was wet when I packed it. I froze last night. Could walk without a fleece in the morning. Quiet boring stage. Nice scenery though. Now I go on the Via Baltica, I have left Via Judlantica. This one seems better marked. … Continue reading
I do not know if it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, but it was a fucking day. As I expected… I knew it would be long. On the other hand not longer than the stage to Randsburg. Everyting was wet when I started this morning. It was as if it was … Continue reading
Short stage. I started late, at 8. It was sunny. The road to Bremen was pretty boring. And it was a long way through the town before I came to the station. I intended originally to stay in Bremen and visit the town, but I decided to travel home. Bought … Continue reading
The first stage, when you do a summary of the lessons from the previous year: Listen to your feet, do not rush, it’s the road that is the goal, it is not a job to do … It will be better tomorrow. Quite boring stage. Only asphalt, except 1 km. And … Continue reading
The sun is shining! Started the day with a good breakfast. Would have been even better without German dance music. Windy, but just enough. I went on nice roads and took it easy. Tried to go barefoot in my sandals, but it was not a good idea, I got a … Continue reading
What a day! I thought it would be easy. Not so far and that it would not rain before evening. But it began to rain at 12 and then I went four hours without taking a break. I was tired when I came to the hotel. My back was stunned. … Continue reading
I had forgotten how hard it is to walk off road. The last part of this stage was upside down and it took time. Thought about the woman I met yesterday, it must have been hard for her if she went this way with her cycle. Came at half past … Continue reading
Sun, wind, plenty of shade. Excellent. I’m not as tired as yesterday. Maybe not gone so far either. Expected to eat in Vorden but it is a holiday and everything was closed. The bread I bought last Monday saved me again. Took a shortcut to the campsite. Otherwise I’d have … Continue reading
Pretty easy stage today. A little up and down. Found a place where I thought I could get a sandwich. And I did. Surely a pound of smoked ham on three pieces of bread. € 10! Geez. But I needed it. The hostel is located far from the center and … Continue reading
Hard day. It was longer than I thought. Arrived at 7. Looked most of the asphalt. It took a long time to get out of Osnabrück. Got lost twice in the morning and at lunch I realized that it would be long. I got the entire hike’s best tea cup, … Continue reading
Up at 6:30 and away at 7. Had heard that it would be as hard today, but according cycle signs only 30 km. tried to eat a piece of bread for lunch. It was practically impossible, stucking in the mouth. Terrible. When I came to the channel, I saw that … Continue reading
Last year, a farmer I met complained that nothing grew because it was too cold. The farmer I met today says nothing is growing because it’s too hot. Tough to be a farmer. Woke up at 8. Needed to sleep, apparently. Arrived at 5:30 pm. Less tired than yesterday. Pics … Continue reading
It was a thunderstorm last night. No rain, something the farmer I met yesterday wanted. Slept more than 10 hours last night too. Felt a bit hungry when I got up at 7. Packed, ate an apple and left. Ate bread and drank a coffee in Werne, it tasted good. … Continue reading
Rain again. Became more or less friend with my rain poncho. Now I am well again. The stage was not so long, and I felt that I just got tired, not exhausted. Come to the river Ruhr. It looked like I imagined. I took long breaks, so clothes could dry. … Continue reading
Nice to walk, now I know that I am completely well. 7 hours long walk, a lot up and down. And no problem. It felt wonderful. Now I’m in the Ruhr. What I will remember is the close distance between villages, and sounds. Everywhere you can hear one or more … Continue reading
Even the breakfast bread seemed to be 50 years old. I ate in the old cafe, which reminded about past times. It looked like most a living room. There’s probably not too many cafes like this nowadays. I ate lasagna at a small pizzeria. The owner looked at a sad … Continue reading
Today I walked 7 hours without any long breaks. Followed the river, which was pleasant. The hostel is located fairly central. Now I have bought my return ticket to Sweden and checked the cathedral. The cathedral is impressive. It would be interesting to know how German urbanists were thinking when … Continue reading
It took 6 hours to get out of Cologne! To skip a too long stage to morrow, I walked to Weilerswist. I was about to skip the hotel because I mixed 69 and 96 in German and thought it was too expensive. Good that I’m walking longer than usual this … Continue reading
After Weillerswist it looked like I imagined: open landscape with hedges. I followed a small river almost all the day. Erft I believe. Coming to the Eifel was also as I imagined. Look likes Morvan or Jura. It was hard to walk to the hostel, I followed the signs and … Continue reading
Easy stage, besides the hard hill out from Bad Münstereifel. Come to the hotel before 3. Nice village and German kitch at the hotel. There’s only cafes in this village. Not a single grocery. Can not buy some lunch for tomorrow. Today I walked an old rommersk road. Along my … Continue reading
A standard stage. Up and down. Eifel is not as rich as the north of Germany. You can see it on the houses that are not as large. It felt long without something to eat. And when I arrived, I could only get a piece of cake and a coffee. … Continue reading
It was a torrential rain. Kept me dry, put on my poncho and sat on a bench. But then I was soaked when I walked through high grass. Sigh. Come early to Prüm. Took the bus and train back to Cologne, where I took the train to Sweden. Pics from … Continue reading
Froze a little last night. I turned on my jacket. Perfect until my feet began to froze. Started walking at 9. It started with a horrible hill after Prüm. Then I followed a nice valley, Schönecker Schweiz. Took a siesta after Schönecker. Come at 5 to Waxweiler. Set up the … Continue reading
It started raining at 5-6 am. It stopped first at 3 pm. And a thick fog. Three terrible hills. I took off my rain poncho 3 km before Mettendorf. Found a hotel. Emptied backpack and hang the tent to dry.
It started raining when I came out of the hotel. To 1 pm. Today I wore sandals. Better than shoes, they dry faster. Then came the sun. My feet got dry. It started raining when I arrived at the campsite. I left it so the tent could dry inside. Took … Continue reading
Sunny when I woke up. Could hardly believe it. Hard day. It went slowly. After a while I took a different path. The other was too long and I wanted to avoid more hills. Naive to believe it. The last part was hard. I followed a narrow and busy road. … Continue reading
It started to rain just before I waked up. Until half past nine. Packed a wet tent. Quite up and down today too. Had a rest at a Roman temple, where I then began to walk on an old Roman road. Beautiful landscape. I thought I was smart when I … Continue reading
Up and down. Fine way. I walked on the top of the hills. I went to Saarburg because I could not find a place to stay in Merzkirchen, which was the intended goal of the stage. When I got there I met a huge sign telling: Die Herberge… After a … Continue reading
Light Stage. Flat 🙂 After some kilometers I realized I had forgotten my water bottles. When I took a break one hour later, I was caught up by a couple I had met at the campsite the night before. They had found the bottle and decided that they would brought … Continue reading
It was some party outside the campsite. The orchestra played to midnight. Tired when I woke up. Difficult stage, although it was flat. Tired when I came to Metz. Luckily there was a little restaurant at the campsite. Bought a beer to drink later, but I could not, I poured … Continue reading
Woke up and felt well. Started at 7:15. Nice weather and nice to walk along Mosell and the channel. I stayed at a shabby hotel in Pont. No rain today. May be the most pleasant part this year. There is a lot of heron here. A dead swan, in a … Continue reading