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Camino de Santiago de Compostela – Update (Part VI)

This was a great week despite the fact I was sick with a virus for a couple of days.  An estranged friendship was rekindled; I received a Valentine gift from my grandchildren and I was able to fit in four good training/conditioning walks.

At one point this week I became very apprehensive about the Camino.  Not walking the “Way” but actually making my way to St. Jean Pied de Port by myself.  Which airport do I fly into and which airport do I fly back home from?  I fretted a bit and then decided to send Rick Steves (the travel guy) an email asking the question since I had viewed a travel show of his on the Camino.  His response was –

“Most likely the places you would fly into would be Barcelona, Paris, San Sebastian, or Biarritz. The bigger cities will probably be cheaper and the regional airports more expensive. Keep in mind that train prices will vary. From Paris and Barcelona you will probably want to take a night train.
Barcelona – St. Jean = 13-18 hours about $100 one way
San Sebastian – St. Jean = 3-6 hours
Paris – St. Jean = 9-14 hours about $170 one way
Biarritz – St. Jean = 2-3 hours
Check online for flights into these cities. Paris may actually be a better place to fly into. For folks taking our San Sebastian tour, we sometimes tell them that Paris is the better option.”

I priced flights into all the cities he suggested.  Round trip fares all seemed to be decent if from the same airport.  But to fly into, let’s say Paris and return from Barcelona was cost prohibitive.  So my guess is I’ll probably try to make the arriving and departing airport convenient to SJPdP and Santiago de Compostela (SdC).   Now my dilemma is how do I get from the airport to SJPdP and from SdC to the airport?  Oh, well, like Scarlett O’Hara I’ll worry about that another day!

The conditioning walks this week took me to places I have not yet explored like this patch of prickly pear cacti.