The French Way: Trekking the 40-Day El Camino de Santiago

Author(s): Lorraine Thomson

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The historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela dates back to the Middle Ages and now attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year from all over the world.

This story follows Lorraine's path along 'The French Way' from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles and then on to Santiago de Compostela through the cities of Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos and Leon.
With beautiful descriptions of the landscape and historic landmarks along the route, Lorraine keeps us entertained with her own stories, along with the tales of the many pilgrims she meets along the way - each one with their own reason for travelling these paths, and each completing it in their own style.

Lorraine is determined to make every step of the way under her own steam, and we share in the honest account of her trials and tribulations brought on by exhaustion, heat and the agony of blisters. But the challenges en-route are more than matched by the amazing experiences and the spiritual and life-affirming moments of contemplation that accompany them.

With lots of practical advice about accommodation and preparation, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating a similar adventure.


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Lorraine Thomson, a former magazine publisher and editor, lives in Auckland and now works as an independent director, an ArcAngel investor and member of Global Women (New Zealand’s most influential women leaders). From 1 October she joins the board of Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail - where she will be using her experience trekking the El Camino to raising the profile of New Zealand’s lesser known 3,000 km trail from Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South.


While walking the El Camino, Lorraine made the decision to study for an MBA and is now part way through this University of Auckland master’s degree. Lorraine has run four marathons, trekked from one side of England to the other along Hadrian’s Wall and cycled both the 160km Round Lake Taupo event and the 300km Alps to Ocean trail.

General Fields

  • : 9781784655853
  • : Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
  • : Vanguard Press
  • : October 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lorraine Thomson
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 914.6104
  • : 216