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Paris to the Pyrenees Lib/E

A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

David Downie, P. J. Ochlan (Read by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/14/2013)
Paperback (5/15/2014)
Hardcover (4/1/2013)
Compact Disc (8/6/2013)

Description

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths-an 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela-The Way for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Blackstone Publishing, 9781624603273

Publication Date: August 1, 2013