We were in France with a special plan . Our friends drove us to Conques. Ah! What a lovely village. On a sunny day it was so pleasant to walk around . The Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy in the middle of the village has been a popular stop for pilgrims traveling the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela.
There is little exterior ornamentation on Conques’ abbaye except necessary buttresses and cornices. The exception to this is the Last Judgment tympanum located above the western entrance.
This was the reason for us to go there. We were going to start a 9 days “pilgrimage” on the GR-65 that is also called Via Podiensis. This route starts in Puy-en-Velay. 200 km east of Conques. For us it was just easier to start our adventure in Conques. But we have plans to go back and walk the part we missed in 2017.
We had time to enjoy the village before and after we left our bags at the Centre d’acceuil Abbaye Sainte-Foy. A team of volunteers help us to check-in. We bought our lunch for the next day and someone showed us our room. We could feel this place was perfect for us to start our adventure. There was much to explore in Conques. We decided not to visit the cloister. Maybe we will go back and have more time.
In the Abbaye , in the afternoon, a lady was playing the organ. It was fantastic to visit the Abbaye at our leisure. We had a busy schedule ( vêpres, dinner, pilgrim’s benediction , explanation of the tympanum of the Abbaye, organ concert). “Vêpres” is s a sunset evening prayer service. We did not have to attend but I felt this was part of our experience on the Camino.
At dinner, we met some friendly French people at our table. There were about 70 other pilgrims. Most of them would be walking the next day but some were ending their journey. They were from France, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Quebec.
On my next post, I will start tell what happen during our 9 days on the Camino. Thank you so much for reading my story. And if you have time and feel like leaving me a short comment, I will be happy to read it and reply if you have questions.