Wednesday, October 17, 2012

St. Jean Pied-de-Port

As a potential pilgrim, I knew I had to stop at St. Jean Pied-de-Port as we traveled through the Pays Basque. This is where the Spanish portion of the chemin begins. Many pilgrims start their pilgrimage here. Pilgrims arriving from the French part of the Way often stop and rest here before beginning the arduous climb over the Pyrenees into Spain. There is evidence of pilgrims everywhere.

If you've seen the Emilio Estevez movie, "The Way," you may recognize this bridge. It appears at the beginning of Tom Avery's (Martin Sheen) pilgrimage as he departs the city carrying his son's ashes. If you haven't seen it, you can read about it here in the blog review that I did some months ago.

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