In a previous post I lamented how difficult it is to find a good guidebook to my upcoming Camino del Norte, along Spain’s northern coast. A kind fellow pilgrim named Ron Joy recommended the French camino guidebooks of one Gérard du Camino. My French is better than my Spanish, so I thought I’d give it a try. I found Msr. Camino’s website and ordered his guidebook of the Camino del Norte.
What a treat to receive a personal email a few hours later from Monsieur Gérard Rousse, a.k.a. Gérard du Camino, sending his greetings, announcing the mailing of the guide I ordered, and inviting me and all pilgrims to come to the pilgrim center he has created at Montrouge (near Paris) to talk about the camino. He gave the address of his pilgrim center, its hours, and asked that I call before I drop in.
Assuming a good experience with his guidebook I think next time I’m in Paris I’ll take him up on his offer. Thanks, Monsieur Camino, for your prompt reply and for your hospitality. What a nice example of pilgrim hospitality.
Very nice to receive Msr. Camino’s guidebook in the mail this week. The maps (though tiny) and descriptions look good. My first task will be to make a little dictionary of the French words I don’t yet understand — a great vocabulary exercise. With my Spanish iPhone Camino app in one hand and Msr. Camino’s French guidebook in the other I’ll have no choice but to sharpen my language skills.
I am looking at his Via de la Plata guide, the german (dont know which, 2012) guidebook for the Norte was really good, maps are road maps high detail, however we often read my CSJ book for good detailed directions. Sign posting was very good too as you will discover yourself.