Berkeley, CA: Northern California Chapter, Pilgrim Talk: Le Puy Route – CANCELLED

Mar 19, 2020 6:00PM—7:30PM


Berkeley Public Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St., Berkeley, CA 94703

Event Contact Laurie Ferris | Email


The Berkeley libraries have cancelled all events. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date in the future.

So you’ve walked the Camino Francés. You’ve done the Meseta, squeezed into busy albergues, and scarfed down lots of “good value” pilgrim menus.

But are you ready for something different? A 750-kilometer Camino of uninterrupted rural tranquility, verdant landscapes punctuated by rugged climbs, home-cooked communal meals night after night after night, gites with few bunk beds, and one perfect medieval village after another? (Not to mention churches that are actually open and toilets in the middle of nowhere?)

If you answered “yes” then maybe you should come learn about the Chemin du Puy (the Via Podiensis) in France, the route followed by northern Europeans up to St. Jean Pied de Port, the start of the Camino Francés.

Beyond offering a travelogue, they will cover the nitty gritty logistics: how to do it and what you’ll need to know before starting out.

Andy Cohn and Kate Stewart have walked the major Caminos in northern Spain and Portugal — the Norte, the Francés, the Portuguese, the Primitivo and the Inglés. Feeling they needed a respite from Spain, they’ve devoted the last year to other European pilgrimage and long-distance trails, including the Coast to Coast in England, a chunk of the Via Francigena in Italy, and latterly, Chemin du Puy route in September – October, 2019.
Andy recently contributed a post, “Surviving the Camino With Your Spouse,” and will provide a handout with tips on walking Le Puy.

Event Date: Thursday, March 19th, 6 – 7:30 PM

5:45 PM – Doors open, Sign-in (volunteers welcome to help set up chairs)
6:00 PM – Welcome, Chapter announcements
6:10 PM – Presentation begins, Q&A follows
7:30 PM – Out of the community room (library closes at 8:00 PM)

RSVP: Space is limited. Click the Register button above to reserve your seat by 5:00 PM on Wednesday. March 18th.

Location: Berkeley Public Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St., Berkeley, CA 94703


By BART: The Ashby BART station is a few blocks away.
AC Transit: 12, 18, 49 & F
Parking: No parking lot; unmetered street parking is almost always available.
Map/Directions: Follow this link to map and directions.

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