Preparations are well underway with our first lot of accommodation booked to get us started.
St Jean Pied de Port
Firstly, we need a bed for the night of our arrival at the official starting point of St Jean Pied de Port. Looks like we will arrive late afternoon on the 7th May 2013. We have booked a lovely looking (and going from the reviews on trip adviser) and inviting B&B for the night. We intend to eat dinner and breakfast at the B&B as the reviews raved about how good a cook the hostess is.
After reading lots of forum posts and guide books, it was very apparent that the first day on the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles is extremely tough and whilst we like a challenge, have conceded that we need to break ourselves in gradually, so have booked beds at a little hamlet 9km out from St Jean Pied de Port halfway up the Pyrenees at a place called Orisson.
Whilst we have every intention to mix it will “real” pilgrims and experience life on the Camino at Albergue/Refuge (hostel) type accommodation, we’ve decided to ease ourselves in to the pilgrim life. Our first taste will be at Orission, but when it comes to Roncesvalles, the thought of 138 beds in 3 columns of double bunks in a single room on our 2nd night was enough for us to consider alternate accommodation. This has resulted in us pre-booking a room in a private hotel in Roncesvalles for that evenning.