Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees

A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

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Part adventure story, part cultural history, this "enjoyably offbeat travelogue" explores the phenomenon of the spiritual pilgrimage ( Booklist ). 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--a 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.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781480419575
9781453298633
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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marcrrussell
May 18, 2013

surprisingly mundane for this subject manner; perhaps too personal? oh well.

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