My schedule has really ramped up over the past couple of weeks, and I’m feeling the pressure. Or at least I was, until I came across a link to this video in the Via Podiensis Facebook group.* And then I slipped back into the rolling hills and easy pace of the French countryside.
If you’re considering walking the Way from Le Puy, or if you just need a few minutes of daydreaming, check out these scenes from the Chemin du Puy (also known as the Via Podiensis or the Chemin vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle) as it winds through the Aveyron region of France.
If you leave from Le Puy, this is what you’ll see in your first two weeks of walking, including France’s “most beautiful villages” of Saint Come d’Holt, Espalion, Estaing, and Conques, and the stunning high plateau pastures of L’Aubrac. Crumbling castles and curious cows abound, and the whole thing really does feel like a fairy tale.
(Watch on Vimeo)
*If you’re thinking about walking the Camino from Le Puy, this Facebook group is an invaluable resource. Not only can you ask questions of alumni pilgrims, but there are also pages of printable resources, including a list of gites in each town along the way that saved us time after time.