Last winter, my young millennial assistant Ludovico Orsini told me that he aspired to gain speedy fluency in the French language, so he could apply for a special graduate program in France. I suggested that he spend a highly-intensive period in a part of France where no one spoke English (or where people didn’t know that he spoke English.)
Ludovico decided, starting in Paris, to spend 3 months and walk the main French Way of the Camino de Santiago (de St Jacques in France), about 1500 km (900+ miles) from Paris to Compostela. Just before Vico was to depart, I happened to be in Brittany myself, so I brought him back a map of all the greenway and bicycle routes throughout France, and a tiny hip-pocket book of albergues, paradors and hostels along the routes.
Ludovico is now en route, and will be posting us updates from the field…
Week One of the Camino
The Game is Afoot!
Ludovico on the Chemin arrives at Cahors, France.
Continuing through France, Ludovico nears the Pyrenees.
Montreal near Condom: “Fog, trees everywhere, European fan palms and so many cherry trees! It’s beautiful!” –Ludovico
Ludovico in the Pyrenees: St Jean Pied-de-Port
Ludovico crossing the mountains into Spain
Ludovico continues his travels along el Camino de Santiago, through the mountains of Spain.
Ludovico arrives in Santiago!
St. John’s Eve
My assistant Ludovico crossed France and Spain in 2 months, and arrived in Santiago de Compostela by St John’s Eve — just in time to celebrate, to leap over bonfires, and to eat great seafood with pilgrims and locals!
Related: Ludovico’s Nepalese Pilgrimage