Chemin de Paris

The original starting point for this path was in Paris during medieval times. Currently, the first major city on this path is at Orleans. The path takes a southwestern direction through Tours, towards Bordeaux and on towards St. Jean Pied de Port. Many hikers start at St. Jean Pied de Port, which rests at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains on the border with Spain since it is where the Paris, Vezelay and le Puy paths converge.

Hikers must take caution in using the Paris path as there are no distinct Camino de Santiago markers at this distance. Hikers should plan accordingly and expect to walk along highways and roads, though most are considered to be safe. While the route has no markers, there are plenty of accommodations because the townspeople know that a significant number of hikers pass through this area everyday.

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For the most part, the terrain of path consists mainly of flatlands and low-incline hills. The region between Orleans and Bordeaux consists mainly of forests, farmlands and rivers. From Bordeaux to St. Jean Pied de Port, hikers cross through mainly pine tree forests, which provide good coverage from the midday sun. The heat should not be a big consideration because the weather in this region is quite temperate and pleasant to walk in. It can rain quite heavily at times causing flooding. This only means that you should constantly check weekly weather forecasts for the region you are walking through.

According to Google Maps, the road distance of this hike is approximately 700km, which does not include the remaining distance to Santiago de Compostela. Assuming a distance of 25km per day, the path should take 28 days to complete plus an additional 5 days of rest or bad weather, for a total of 33 days. This hike continues on and meets up at Ronchesvalles with both El Camino Frances or Camino Norte, two different routes through Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

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