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July 2004 - In the French Basque Country and in Navarra (Spain).


French Basque Country | Roncesvalles | Pyrenees | St-Jean-Pied-de-Port | Biarritz

French Basque Country

From Muret we took train to Bayonne and after a small pause another one to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. We booked a hostel for our return voyage and left the some of our bags there.

klik Bayonne
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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We did not stay for long in St-Jean but continued to Roncesvalles in Navarra. We were prepared to take a taxi to cross the border but fortunately it was easy to hitch-hike. First we got a ride to Valcarlos village already on the Spanish side of the border and from there another to Roncesvalles.

klik Valcarlos, Navarra
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

Roncesvalles

For most of the pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela Roncesvalles is the first village in Spain. We met there my sister Nina and Hyena dog who had returned from Tenerife to the continent.

klik Roncesvalles
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Pilgrim refuge where we stayed overnight
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Next morning we left for one etape of Camino de Santiago but to the opposite direction: from Roncesvalles to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Nina and Hyena walked with us part of the trail.

klik Camino de Santiago
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik A chapel at Puerta de Iba˝eta near Roncesvalles
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klik Having pause in front of the chapel: Nina, Hyena and Mari
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Pyrenees

After leaving the chapel we had to climb up to the Pyrenees. For most of the walk the weather was rather foggy but occasionally we were able to see some beautiful sceneries.

klik Foggy forest
Photo by: MT | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Camino
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Pyrenees
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klik Hyena and Nina
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klik All together: standing in the back are me and Mari, on one's hunkers a Spanish hiker and Nina, and Hyena lying on the ground
Photo by: Anon. | All rights reserved ©

klik Again some foggy forest
Photo by: MT | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

The French border was crossed. Nina and Hyena continued with us till the road leading to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

klik Horses
Photo by: MT | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Nina and Mari
Photo by: NL | All rights reserved ©

More photos from the Pyrenees on the Spanish and French sides of the border.

St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

When we finally reached St-Jean-Pied-de-Port we were totally wet. We were quite exhausted, too, although we didn't walk the whole way: we accepted to take a car ride for last few kilometres as it was offered to us.

klik River Nive and houses by it
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Bridge over the river
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klik Narrow street in the old part of the town
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klik St-Jean-Pied-de-Port as seen from the castle
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Biarritz

From St-Jean-Pied-de-Port we took a train down to Bayonne and continued by local bus to Biarritz. Because of rain our stay on the beach was quite short.

klik Biarritz
Photo by: NL | License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa

klik Buildings by the sea
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klik A rainy street
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We took a night train from Biarritz to Paris and then continued our return journey to Finland via Germany, Poland and the Baltic countries.

klik Mari in Paris with a bottle of rum
Photo by: NL | All rights reserved ©

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Photographers

NL = Niko Lipsanen
MT = Mari T.
Anon. = Unknown pilgrim in the Pyrenees

 

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