MUSSIDAN – PORT-SAINTE-FOY-ET-PONTCHAPT 

 

 

At 6 in the morning, the honking of two cars, loud voices and the overloud beat of music speakers of the cars woke me up. I had enjoyed my solitude of the last couple of weeks so much that this noise was incredible disturbing…………

Again, I had to walk 33 km (20 miles) this day. I needed to make the distance to arrive at Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port latest by July 17.

The Way was leading me through meadows and oak forests and later on to a totally different environment – to vineyards stretching up to the horizon. By coming closer to Spain, the churches also changed to show Spanish influences on their facades.

 

 

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Long walks on asphalt streets caused my leg muscles to cramp and it was the first time that I took the medicine Alive in order to be able to continue walking. My doubts about the continuation of the Way grew stronger and stronger. At the same time, I was thinking about the millions of people having walked this way over centuries and they had to overcome bigger hassles than just a pain in the leg

 

 

Sign of the Way with a marching pilgrim

Sign of the Way with a marching pilgrim

 

 

Watch tower

Watch tower

 

 

View down the valley of the Dordogne River

View down the valley of the Dordogne River

 

 

The Dordogne River separates the two towns, Port-Sainte-Foye-et-Ponchapt and Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. During the Hundred Years War ( 1337 – 1453), when the French kings were fighting against the Kings of England for the right to rule Aquitanien – a stretch of land in the southwest of France – Port-Sainte-Foye-et Ponchapt was built as a fortified city. Remains of the fortification can still be seen today.

The refuge where I stayed overnight was in the first town. It was a big house with 10 beds and I was the only pilgrim in this place. This was a strange feeling. Like always, I signed my name into the Golden Book, the Book of pilgrims.

 

 

Dordogne river and the town Sainte-Foy-la Grande

Dordogne river and the town Sainte-Foy-la Grande

 

 

Medieval walkways in the town Saint-Foy.

Medieval walkways in the town Saint-Foy.

 

 

Pilgrim's book

Pilgrim’s book