The Start of My Camino from Le Puy, France

Like something from a dark fairy tale Chapelle St. Michel rises up from the medieval town of Le Puy, France.

Like something from a dark fairy tale Chapelle St. Michel rises up from the medieval town of Le Puy, France.

 

Le Puy-en-Velay is a major starting point for people walking the Camino in France. Each morning at mass they offer a daily Pilgrim's Blessing. Afterwards the priest had everyone introduce themselves. Out of 25 or so pilgrims starting today all but a few were French. An American man in his fifties was starting his walk all the way to Santiago, 2+ months from here.

A man in his twenties had walked all the from his home in the Czech Republic. He's now halfway to his goal of Santiago.

Most of the French were over 50 years old and seemed to be walking one to three weeks as a walking holiday, not as much a pilgrimage (from what I could decipher from the French).