For the first time in our lives, Pat and I are empty nesters. Sitara has moved to Washington, DC, and Chand is in Boston. We all left Denver around the same time heading for new adventures. For us, that adventure brings us to Le Puy-en-Velay to begin our Camino walk. The Le Puy route, or Chemin du Puy in French, is the most popular pilgrimage route in France. The route is 736 km (450 miles long, starting in Le Puy-en-Velay passing through Conques, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, Aire-sir-l’Adour and Navarrenx before it reaches the border town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (where we began our first Camino two years ago).
We were introduced to this path during our walk last year by Richard and Margie as we traveled alongside them during our Camino del Norte journey. Le Puy route was one of their favorite and scenic Camino walks.
We are settled here in Le Puy at the base of the rock of St. Michel. The chapel was built on this rock in 961 after the bishop returned from his pilgrimage to Santiago.