A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean - Roncesvalles - Santiago

A Pilgrim s Guide to the Camino de Santiago St Jean Roncesvalles Santiago Now updated to include newer maps and photos and lighter in weight to support carefree traveling this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information n

  • Title: A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean - Roncesvalles - Santiago
  • Author: John Brierley
  • ISBN: 9781844095759
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now updated to include newer maps and photos and lighter in weight to support carefree traveling this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information needed by modern day pilgrims wishing to walk the sacred Way of St James Overview route planners plus daily stage maps and detailed town plans help sojourners with all the adNow updated to include newer maps and photos and lighter in weight to support carefree traveling this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information needed by modern day pilgrims wishing to walk the sacred Way of St James Overview route planners plus daily stage maps and detailed town plans help sojourners with all the advance preparation they need The maps feature contour guides to help distinguish the terrain that will be crossed each day, while full information on all pilgrim hostels, as well as details for alternative accommodation, allow travelers to plot adequate nightly stopping points All reference information is accompanied by helpful spiritual guidelines to support the seeker s inner journey as well as the outer pilgrimage Otherwise known as the Camino Franc s, the main route covered in this volume is the most popular sacred route through Spain, from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.

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    1. Buenos días, peregrinos!The loudspeaker blasts this message at 6:00 am in the refugio in Burgos, waking up any pilgrims who managed to sleep through the zipping open of their neighbors’ sleeping bags. Other refugios just turn the lights on at 6. At the 12C Cistercian monastery in Santo Domingo, the den mother shooed the pilgrims out at 7 with a broom and various herding gestures.Granted, the book is not a memoir but a guidebook, it still does not quite capture the flavor of pilgrimage. It lis [...]

    2. This seems like a helpful guide - but since I've yet to take my trip, I may have to adjust my rating post-pilgrimage. The cultural information is minimal, so I'll read up on my history before I go. The maps here seem clear, and I like how Brierley has delineated the various choices by color (main road, alternative side roads, quiet paths, et cetera). I think he's packed a ton of information into a relatively slender volume (flora/fauna/altitudes/distances/albergue locations). Still, every gram c [...]

    3. I love to read travel guidebooks, especially those written with a particular voice and point of view. That’s why I enjoy Rick Steves. Such accomplished travelers inspire me to pack my bag and take an adventure. “A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago” has a definite voice: it’s the voice of John Brierley, who is up front about his interest in the “Inner Path” of the Way of St. James. The guidebook’s subtitle is, “A Practical and Mystical Manual for the Modern Day Pilgrim [...]

    4. The maps and lists of albergues and hotels are very useful. Brierley's preachy exhortations, not so much.

    5. Comme dans la plupart des guides de ce genre, les premières pages sont en général consacrées à l'histoire du Camino et aux différents conseils concernant la préparation (petite différence ici : il s'agit autant de la préparation physique que mentale ou psychologique voire spirituelle), le matériel à emporter et des petites astuces. Petit clin d'oeil sympa : ces pages n'étant plus d'aucune utilité une fois en route, elles sont munies de pointillés le long de la tranche, histoire de [...]

    6. The path maps, terrain maps, and other essential information like distances and town names are excellent in this book. The lists of accommodations and cafes were surprisingly accurate. I especially appreciated the price listings for the accommodations, and the street maps for the bigger towns/cities.I agree with some other reviewers that the author's commentary and 'spiritual guide' portions were sometimes intrusive and patronizing, however well-intended.I personally ditched every page not deali [...]

    7. Many pilgrims describe Brierley's book as the de facto guide for the Camino and in web posts, often say they leave it at home or abandon it along the way as they try and shrink the weight of their pack. I think for the first time pilgrim -- and I am one -- its a great introduction to many of the specific details.The guide breaks the 500 mile (780 km) trek into stages, and offers possible alternate routes and day trips along the way.This isn't a book to sit down and read cover to cover, in my opi [...]

    8. This is an excellent practical guide for walking the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostelle. We used this book to help us find our way and for planning distances as it included information about height gains. It also had detailed information about available accommodation. It was well written and well presented and included interesting historical and cultural information as well as the practical information required to do the walk [...]

    9. This book describes the 33 stages to the Camino walk. It really emphasizes the walk as a pilgrimage, so there are references to churches, monasteries, and other religious institutions on the route. There are lists of places to stay (mainly hostel types of places and places associated with the church). It definitely gives a good overview of the walk. I was hoping for more details about the places en route (which ones are interesting for other than religious reasons, and which ones might be worth [...]

    10. I am hiking the Camino de Santiago in September, and I will come back and update this review after I see how the guidebook does on the trail. However, this is the only guidebook I am taking - it is dense with information, tips, alternate routes, maps, and most importantly, elevation profiles for each "stage". The lightest paper guidebook for the Camino and, as a guidebook snob, for me it appears to be an excellent guide for both usability and readability. Time will tell, but in the meantime 5 st [...]

    11. This is the seminal guide to walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Would advise not to waste time with any other guide. This lists the essential travel details and marked trails on the maps, alternate routes, accommodation options and emergency details. Everything you need in easy to read, easy to follow, no nonsense manner. The majority of people along the way use this guide too so in that way it is easy to exchange references (by page, for example).

    12. The brand new, 14th edition of this pocket-sized comprehensive classic is the only guidebook I'll carry with me on my camino. It includes maps and routes for each city along the way, a history of Spain, sightseeing suggestions, packing lists, survival tips, etc in a well-written (though small print) book.

    13. Read the book for the guide, not his personal reflections. This book has a ton of information that is incredibly useful, but that's about it. I feel his personal insights need to stay out of the book as I feel he's pushing people to feel a certain way on their journey. Let people decide on their own how they should feel.

    14. This was an absolutely essential part of our Camino de Santiago hike last year. The maps are as accurate as can be expected from a guidebook and the details are well thought out and perfect for pilgrims hoping to plan their day. Wouldn't hike the Camino without it.

    15. Used this book when I hiked the Camino last year and found it to be indispensable. Even though the maps weren't too scale they were very detailed and as accurate as could be expected. Came in handy every single day.

    16. Loving this book. I have read all kinds of books about the Camino and this one is perfect because I can take it with me when I go. Filled with maps and information and even spiritual meditations. Sweet!

    17. Technically I haven't finished reading this because its meant to be taken on pilgrimage, but what I did read was a great intro to what the camino is all about and what to expect when you get there. Has helped firmed up my decision to make it happen!

    18. This book is a great guide for the Camino. I used it from Sarra to Santiago when on the Camino with Jenny, Holly and Karen.

    19. I've read enough to know this is a hard walk. And yet I'm tempted. Time to get into shape for when I retire in a few years

    20. Excellent guid book for the Camino de Santiago. Just don't bee too rigorious to follow his daily planning and let the Camino guide you.

    21. This guide is reputed to be the definitive - I would agree. Comprehensive, recently updated and packed with useful hints.

    22. This was easily the most useful item we took with us on our Camino. The maps were easy to follow, the descriptions were comprehensive, the recommendations were up to date.Highly recommended!

    23. When I am ready I will buy whatever this guy has updated. Nicely laid out guidebook full of great info and personal experience.

    24. It has good maps, accurate distances between Alburgues, packing lists, scenic highlights, activity and restaurant recommendations. A definite must have for the Camino.Brierley tends to wax poetic throughout, a minor annoyance.

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