Way of St James 2023

After the long haul flights from Aotearoa/New Zealand, yesterday we landed in Charles de Gaulle airport which is always fascinating to me. The circular brutalist architecture and the multiple escalators in the donut hole to get to various levels to collect our baggage. It feels surreal and reminds me so much of the Kubrick aesthetic of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Arriving at the hotel and I force myself to sleep to 7:00am to adjust to the new time zone (I was also fortunate enough to sleep on the first leg of the flight which made the adjustment much easier). So our first day in Paris was the hop-on-hop-off bus. I chose to get off at Musée d’Orsay for a look.

Amazing! What captured me was how at home I’d only seen these works of art in books or on a screen. In real life there’s so much more depth and the colours are so much more vivid. It was really special to see first hand works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh (to name a few). I had a beautiful lunch in one of the restaurants.

Paris – Sat 20 May, 2023

Thurs 23 May, 2023: Moissac/Espalion/Estaing and Cahors

Fri 24 May, 2023: Mossiac

Sat 27 May, 2023: Lourdes and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Sun 28 May, 2023: We head across the Pyrenées, through Roncesvalles and into Pamplona

Tuesday 29 May, 2023: Burgos

Wed 31 May, 2023: Burgos to León

Wed 31 May, 2023: Leon to Ponferrada via Cruz de Ferro

Fri 2nd June, 2023: Portomarin to Santiago de Compostella

Sat 3rd June, 2023:

Sun 4th June, 2023: A trip out to Finisterra, ‘the end of the earth’

Mon 5th May, 2023: Barcelona!

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