Le Puy, France ON the GR65: – The next day we had a lot to do. Waking early we left the hotel in the dark to attend the 7.00 am service which would include a pilgrims’ blessing. I felt a sense of adventure as we walked up Mount Corneille and into the centre of old Le Puy looking for the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Walking along the dark streets with occasional lights illuminating cobble-stoned streets and the windows of closed shops we eventually found an entrance into the Cathedral and sat down. People, most of them pilgrims, arrived and sat in the pews. I could see the Black Madonna of Le Puy above the altar.
A priest accompanied by three nuns arrived and began the service. The morning light gradually illuminated the stained glass windows and by the time the service was over we felt our spirits lifted.
Pilgrims were asked to sign the Livre de Pelerins, the Pilgrims Book.
Feeling pleased with ourselves, we left the Cathedral via the main entrance, descended the steps to the Rue des Pelerins and promptly got lost. A local woman showed us where we were on my map and we walked back to the hotel for a belated breakfast.