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from past actions a destiny unfolds on the way to conques

There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will. ~Kuan Yin

DAY 10 à Conques (maybe 21km) sur Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.

The worst was yet to come.  I had not hit bottom.  Boredom in Golinhac would be the least of my difficulties.

The next morning I could not leave the chambre d’hôte.  Someone had locked the door from the outside; I could not get out.   I could not eat breakfast nor leave for the day’s walk unless someone came by early in the morning to let me out.

I returned to my room, opened the window onto the roof and crawled out, and then made my way to the wall that descended to the locked door, climbed down, and without much fuss made my way to the restaurant where I ate my breakfast.  I said nothing.  I left as soon as I paid the bill.  (Click on a photo to see more.)

Had I been repaid for the previous days complaints about the boredom?  No.  The whirligig of time would again bring in his revenges. After all Karma takes its time.  It is unforgiving.  (Click on a photo to see more.)

I began walking toward Conques, another beau village, officially designated.  Soon after leaving the outskirts of Galinhac, safely away from any responsibility that be placed on the inhabitants there, with no one now to blame but myself, I suffered a brain fart.  (Click on a photo to see more.)

The small red-white Chemin stripes that guide the Way to Saint Jean Pied de Port, my destination, pointed to the right, and I not knowing why chose the less traveled path and turned left.  I went the wrong way.  And that made all the difference.

20130929_493_Chemin St Jacques

I had anticipated walking 21km to Conques.  After two hours and acknowledging that I had not arrived at an intermediary destination, I knew I was lost.  Je me suis perdu.  I stopped three cars and asked for directions.  Soon I was walking toward Conques and not away.  31 km instead of 21km.

Conques is a village with a very large Romanesque cathedral and many roofs.  The cathedral sits in the middle of the village and the village rests in a small valley.  From many vantage points one can look down onto roof tops.

Let’s take a quick walk through Conques.  Let’s walk around the cathedral.  Let’s walk along some streets.  Let’s look down onto some roof tops.


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  1. Béatrice Merle #

    Michael, mille mercis pour ces belles photos de Conques qui est une merveille d’architecture!! ceci dit, ce n’est pas le lieu qui m’a le plus émue sur ce Camino car Conques est presque devenu un décor de théâtre uniquement habité par des touristes et des pélerins…. pour moi, c’est l’abbaye de Moissac qui m’a le plus éberluée de beauté… sans oublier ce chapelet de petites chapelles qui jalonnaient notre parcours dont une des plus belle, à mes yeux, est celle de Rochegude, au dessus de la vallée de l’Allier, environ 2 jours après le départ du Puy! ah que de beaux souvenirs!! je pense repartir en septembre, soit sur le chemin qui part d’ Arles (il passe sous mon balcon!), soit le chemin du nord entre Hendaye et Santiago en longeant l’Atlantique! on verra! à bientôt sur le web béa


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