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Gites D'etape On The Le Puy

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  1. Crepes4Suzette

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    Hi everyone - It looks like the Chambres d'Hotes and and the Gites that have dinners need reservations a day or two ahead of time, but does anyone know if it's necessary to reserve ahead for the many Gites d'Etape that DON'T do meals? I'm thinking of getting to Conques before the first of the May holidays in France, so this would be during the last 2 weeks in April.
     
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    I don't know for certain but from what I have read, some of the gites have very few beds. I'll be aiming to reserve a spot a day or so ahead of time every day for our walk in France in April, even if they don't have dinners.
     
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    Thanks, Michael. I guess I'll do the same.
     
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    We walked this in July 2012. We needed to book ahead every day apart from a couple of days where we stayed in albergues.

    By the way - tough route, plan on walking less than you would on Camino Frances. Lots of steep gullies.

    We took 10 days for Le Puy to Conques.
     
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    Thanks Leslie! I've counted on 10 days to Conques because, as you say, it does look really tough by the MMDD guides (and am starting in Monistrol d'Allier). I'm training all winter. Maybe I have my terms mixed up. I thought some of the gites-d'etape "communal" and "d'acceuil", often without evening meals, were like Spanish albergues. I was hoping that the no-food gites could be on a drop-in basis here and there - with calling ahead for the bigger places like Cahors - for just that reason (tough route) and since it will be early in the season.

    I speak-read-write intermediate-ish French, so calling ahead isn't a problem, but I was hoping to avoid communal meals when possible. Although I've heard that people don't press talking about politics on the Le Puy, that was definitely NOT my experience on the Frances or the Portuguese these last two years. I guess I'll just politely tell people "je viens ici pour la paix de la marche, pas la politique" and hope for the best should it become a problem.
     
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    Hi

    On the subject of politics, on both of my attempts at hiking the Camino the only political discussions I had, or eavesdropped on, involved Trump and/or Brexit. But then I only speak English.
     
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    I did the part from Le Puy en Velay to Cahors during 2-18 of June last year. The first weekend was the Pentecost and a bit crowded so booking ahead was necessary. Otherwise not much need. And I think June should be a bit more crowded than May.
    If you book ahead and change your mind, no big problem as long as you call them to cancel in good time - like before noon.
    I will go for the Cahors - SJPP part this year in May.
    Good luck to you Creps4Suzette ! Buon Camino!
     
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    Thanks so much, Margareta! That's good to know about canceling before noon if things change. The fact that you're going back to finish must mean you enjoyed it from Le Puy to Cahors. I've heard that it's beautiful. I wish you a very happy walk in May!
     
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    Thank you Creps4Suzette.
    Le Puy to Cahors was the nicest and most beautiful walking I ever did! Also the hardest, lots of mountains to climb but that means lots of nice views.
    I was told that the first part of Via Podiensis is the most beautiful, but I'm sure the rest will be satisfactory and I just love France (as well as Spain) - I did the Camino Frances, SJPP-Burgos in 2011 and Pamplona-Santiago in 2014 and will probably do it again.
    Wish you too a very happy walk!
     
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