Welcome Back Again!

Just started another blog under tab Italy to register my next pilgrimage: The Via Francigena in Italy. If you’d like to follow me you can do so at the bottom of the page.

Welcome Back

I have just finished updating this blog to create space to record my next pilgrimage in Europe. This time I plan to walk about 750 km across the beautiful south of France: from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. I fly from Perth to Paris on Saturday, August 15th. I should arrive in Paris on Sunday, August 16th, where I intend to spend the night before catching a train to Le Puy the next day. I was told this train trip is the easiest way to reach Le Puy and that the journey itself  is through some beautiful, scenic landscape. My plan is to spend the night in Le-Puy and, if I’m ready, start walking the next day…

I hope to walk every day for about 5 weeks or so. I’ll take it as it comes, but I hope to arrive in SJPP at the latest by September 23rd, maybe a little earlier. From there I catch a train back to Paris, and maybe spend a couple of days having a look around before flying back to Perth on Saturday, September 26th. So if all goes to plan, I should arrive back home on September 27th, on my mother’s birthday!

For those who are following my blog for the first time, this is my third pilgrimage. I first walked about 850 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in 2010. I then walked about 650 km from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela in 2013. Again, I’m a little nervous about starting this new adventure (as usual on my own) but very excited too. I’ve been going for practice walks, taking some French lessons, doing some reading, it feels I’ll never be ready. But I know I’m already am.

I’d love you to come with me in this new adventure! If you’re not a follower yet, you can become one by clicking the appropriate link at the bottom of the page. This way, you can receive an email notification every time I post something new. And you can also post comments and let me know what you’ve been up to while I’m away.

Au revoir!



Hi everyone, I created this blog as part of my preparation for my second walk or pilgrimage: the Camino Portugues. This will be my main way of keeping in touch with family and friends. So please subscribe by following the prompts at the bottom left and you’ll get notifications via email each time I post any news. Don’t worry, I’m as busy as you are, so I’m only posting occasionally, and once I start walking I’ll probably only have time for a post each day, or every couple of days.

To give you a little bit of the background, my first pilgrimage was the Camino Frances in 2010 from St Jean Pied du Port (France) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). I walked about 850km then in 5 weeks with no rest days! This time I’ll walk from Lisbon (Portugal) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) – only 650km. Having said that, this walk will be more challenging in some ways. This route is currently not as popular as the French route so there’ll be less infrastructure (fewer waymarkings and accommodation options between daily destinations for instance) and fewer pilgrims. I might walk literally alone most of the time, or at least the first part of the Camino until I reach Porto. Well, I’ll walk alone, but never really be alone, as you’ll be there with me. 🙂

I’m a little scared but very excited about walking the Portuguese Camino. I look forward to sharing my journey with you through this blog.

42 Responses to Welcome Back Again!

  1. Cicero P. Sampaio says:

    Boa viagem e boas experiências maninha!

  2. Selma carvalho says:

    Show de bola Irma

  3. Giordano says:

    Ciao, sono stato contento di aver fatto una tappa della Francugena con te. Buone cose. Giordano

  4. Vivian says:

    Boa viagem amiga! Estarei te acompanhando por aqui. Bjs

  5. Barnaby says:

    Go Val. I’m looking forward to travelling vicariously through you. xB

  6. Julia Pemberton says:

    What an amazing journey Valda. Good luck!

  7. Fornieles Nathalie says:

    Bonjour Val
    Comment vas tu …tu as du rentrée dans ton pays … J’ai été heureuse de faire ta connaissance sur les chemins une très belle rencontra …nous avec les filles c’étaient pas facile de reprendre une vie normale mais on repartira pour le cammino en Espagne l’an prochain
    Bises et qui sait peut être !!!

  8. selma carvalho says:

    VAL. Em breve finalizará a sua caminhada. Parabens por mais esta conquista. Me avise pelo ZAP ZAP quando chegar em casa ok? Tenha uma ótima semana final…. Beijos

  9. Antonin says:

    Hi Valda, J’espere que ton periple se passe bien et que tu fais de belles decouvertes 🙂

  10. David Cutler says:

    Hi Valda. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Trying to get fitter for the Oxfam walk. Cheers for now. David

  11. Julia says:

    Bonjour! J’espere tu vas faire un bon promenade! Julia

  12. Michelle Ryan says:

    Looking forward to following your journey.

  13. Nanci says:

    Querida Val, acompanharei sua viagem e desejo sucesso. Você é guerreira. Um beijo de sua amiga de sempre. Nan

  14. Mônica Carteiro says:

    Querida Val, parabéns pela iniciativa, coragem e determinação! Aguardo as novidades sobre mais essa aventura! Bjs

  15. selma carvalho says:

    I loved it. I´ll follow your trip.Have a nice nice nice nice trip….. Kisses in your heart,

  16. good luck and enjoy…

  17. Iwona says:

    I am as excited as you are. Look forward waking with you Val.
    Iwona x

  18. Teresa D'Amato says:

    Hi Valda, this is going to be a very exciting and enjoyable journey. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Teresa 🙂

  19. Iwona says:

    Look forward to follow you on your Spiritual Journey x

  20. pilgrimnoel says:

    Good to meet you this morning Val. What a wonderful adventure. Look forward to reading your future posts. Best wishes to you on your pilgrimage, Noel

  21. magwood says:

    Hi Val, thanks so much for sharing your blog. I am setting off from Lisbon on 1 May and have been searching for a positive account of the camino from Lisbon – there are so many negative accounts out there. I walked the Frances last year with my daughter but will be walking solo this year. I hope I will be as positive as you were – I guess a lot depends on the weather!
    Thanks again, maggie

  22. Iwona Korzeniewski says:

    I am soooo proud of you. Well done!
    Love 🙂

  23. Sonia tavares says:

    Olá Val

    Que bons momentos partilhamos no caminho! Já estas de regresso ? Mil beijinhos sonia

    • Val says:

      I’m still in Spain but near Malaga resting in a little resort until Friday. I fly home on Saturday, arrive in Perth on Sunday. It was great to meet you and if you ever come to Australia come and say hello! Lots of love, Val

  24. Joanne Broun says:

    Hi Val, hope your walk is going well so far.

    • Val says:

      Hi Jo, great to hear from you. My pilgrimage has been great, despite a few challenges, which only make it even more interesting. 🙂 Hope your trip is also going well for you! Love, Val

  25. selma sampaio de carvalho says:

    HI, Val!!! How are you!!!

  26. Barney says:

    Hi Val. I hope you’ve arrived safe and are having a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to your first post on the road. Love, Barney

  27. Wendy farrant says:

    Have a wonderful trip. Keep safe! Love from Wendy

  28. Claudia says:

    I so envy you – have a brilliant start – we all will accompanying you in our thoughts – take care

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