Thursday – Leaving Le Puy en Velay

We spent the night at the relais du pèlerins gîte, immediately across the street from the house Sage rented last summer. In the morning, after a quick petite déjeuner, we walked 5 minutes to the cathedral for the traditional Pilgrim mass and blessing, which had begun a few minutes before we arrived. Afterward, the priest spoke to the group (40-50 people), of whom the bulk were from France, but with Asia, Australia, North America, and elsewhere in Europe also represented. We were given a prayer of blessing to carry with us … and then we were dismissed to begin our walks.

View of Le Puy-en-Velay as we began our walk.

The two of us about to set out.

View back up the Cathedral steps after descending.

Morning fog over the city, shrouding the cathedral and statue of Mary

A reminder of how far it is to Compostela

Countryside above Le Puy.