Through the Pyrenees: St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles on the Camino de Santiago

I love writing about the Camino de Santiago, but just like some of my posts are best without any pictures, sometimes pictures can tell a story by themselves. Here’s all you need to know: Two days ago I walked from France to Spain, and crossed a mountain range to get there. These photos (and one video) appear chronologically.

The Dawn Breaks

Sunrise in SJPDP

Sea of Clouds at Sunrise

Like ants marching

Over the ridge

Around the Bend

SJPDP below

Sheep on the mountain


Sharing the road


Welcome to Spain

On the summit

Last 4 km to Roncesvalles

Worst downhill of my life

Roncesvalles, finally

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21 thoughts on “Through the Pyrenees: St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles on the Camino de Santiago

  1. Beautiful post, a great way to write a post… The third photo I found most intriguing, as it seems to be a welcoming early morning shot, preparing you for a walk into a day of unknown.

  2. Wow! What an incredible journey – and there you are – still on your feet towards the end! The views are breathtaking – and I’ll bet the last part of the walk through those shaded trees was most welcome. The movement of the sun and shadows tells us how long this part of your adventure took – I agree with writingsphinx above, it is a privilege to be tagging along!

  3. Breathtaking! Thank you for bringing this view to me this morning 🙂
    Q. was the climb very arduous?
    Q. what kind of camera are you using?
    Q. how to you charge electronics along the way??

    1. Glad to brighten your day!

      A: The climb was probably more arduous for the people who started that day–and I would say about 85% of the people I met were starting that day. Let’s just put it like this: I passed a whole bunch of people, but no one ever passed me.

      A: I am using a Samsung ST76, a nifty little point-and-shoot I bought off of Groupon for just $50 a year ago. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Maybe one day I will feel like I’ve outgrown it, but for now it’s perfect to have. It’s lightweight, it’s not flashy like those thousand dollar Cannon ones are (I don’t want to draw any attention to my belongings), and worst case, if it succumbs to the wear of travel I’m only out $50 so I won’t have a breakdown over it.

      A: I have a universal adapter that is supposed to work everywhere in Europe, including the UK, as well as Australia, Asia, and Africa. Haven’t had a chance to test it yet beyond Iceland, the UK, France and Spain 🙂

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