April 2020: Due to the Covid-19 health crisis travel on the Camino is not possible. We need to keep safe, and we need to keep those who live and work on the Camino safe. The Camino will not disappear, it is just temporarily inaccessible. Keep your Camino dreams on hold until such times as it is safe to travel. Read more
I came across this book in a local library recently and found myself laughing out loud in bed. It begins thus: “Health warning: this is not the ideal book for experienced walkers who might have already reached Everest’s base camp, nor is it for the experienced slimmers who know their way around a good detox… What it is I hope is a kind of modern Canterbury Tales. Am I the Wife of Bath? I’m afraid not. I can only boast of having 2 husbands, not 5, but I can empathise with the Wife of Bath’s philosophy. When the going gets tough (or in my case, tough and I start to lose sight of my toes) taking to the road is no bad solution. I fell into my modern day pilgrimage by accident… Surprisingly enough, despite being knackered a lot of the 700ks, I did emerge 5 weeks later, 2 stone lighter, more content and with a great tan… The contentment partly due to the fact that I could fit into my bikini and a silk Bellino top, which had both been hiding for 10 years in the bottom of my knickers drawer in anticipation of a second coming…”
Palmer divides each chapter into four enticing parts Le Chemin (The Way); Le regime (The diet); Le plaisir (Hedonistic pleasures) and La Vie (Personal tales). Check out her many ways to enjoy the humble sardine!