Long Walks in France

Long Walks in France

Adam Nicolson

Harmony Books, 1983

British traveler sets off on foot to tour various regions of France.  He’s interested in people, customs and history and tells unusual lore in a cheerful voice.  Thirty pages of the book mix history and writer’s experiences in a vivid tour of 180 kms through the Pyrenees, from St. Jean Pied du Port to Arrens.


Camino Spirits

book cover titled The CaminoThe Camino, A Journey of the Spirit

Shirley MacLaine

Simon & Schuster, 2000

On a spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostello, the actress-author encounters other pilgrims and locals who become personal emblems of the journey.   She walks the route from St. Jean Pied du Port to Santiago de Compostello in Spain.

Walking the Camino to Santiago



Pilgrimage to the End of the World

Conrad Rudolph, Univ. Chicago Press, 2004

Art history professor walks the Camino on the traditional path from Le Puy in South Central France, continuing to St. Jean Pied du Port and westward across northern Spain. During the thoughtfully written and mercifully brief narrative (given the length of the journey), the author reflects on significant characters and buildings encountered along the route.  There’s a lyrical meditation on the intersection of physical exertion and spiritual growth. Useful list of resources and how-to information pyrenees-images0005for those contemplating the journey.