CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Journey to Knowhere
by Living what's Given
Our journey starts on the Gold Coast in Australia and ends in Muxia Spain. It takes 69 days and travels over 22,000kms, walking 1000kms, and when we put it that way no wonder we were tired!
After an hour or so on the bus from Bayonne, (the train was not operating) we arrived in St Jean Pied De Port, our kick off point for the Camino Frances (Way of St. James).
As we were meeting friends here we had pre-booked an Airbnb apartment for two nights, our thoughts being some time to recuperate from traveling and to do some sight seeing, as we have been told it is a beautiful town to see, and it certainly is.
Tip ~ Book you Airbnb in winter as you will find it significantly cheaper. Additionally if you want to jump straight into the Camino experience with other pilgrims, there are plenty of good Albergues available. We found the pilgrims we met in the first week of the Camino were the main stayers of our Camino family.
People ask us why we spent some precious time in Bayonne on our Camino adventure. Our simple answer is because we had to, and we are so glad we did!
You see our travel to St Jean Pied de Port the beginning of our grand adventure, started with Australia to England to drop off some extra stuff we weren't taking on the Camino, yet would need for our extended stay in Europe and the UK. Then as luck would have it we could get a flight from Stanstead UK to Biarritz France (Ryan Air), and it was only a short bus ride (20mins) to Bayonne and the train to St Jean Pied de Port.