Day 37, Menton, the end of the walk

Last Friday, August 30, we arrived in Menton on the Mediterranean, the end of our trek through the French Alps. Since our last post on Thursday, August 22, we have had mostly good weather with more late afternoon showers and, as we approached the sea, warmer temperatures and more haze. On Saturday we left the … more

Briançon, Thursday, day 22

We are the old touristy town of Briançon today taking a full day off. After the long, hard, sunny descent into Modane last Sunday, we set out on a (surprise!) long hard ascent on Monday morning in rain and fog. The fog and showers stayed with us until early afternoon but the weather cleared as … more

Modane, day 18 on the GR5

Time flies! We are almost half way though our journey to the Mediterranean, staying in Modane tonight, a small town in a valley, after spending last night in a refuge at 2474 m, crossing Col de Chavière at 2796 m this morning and descending 1750 m today. We are glad to have a hotel room … more

We’re off

We’re off to Europe on Monday. We’ll begin with a five-week walk in France on the GR5. Our journey starts in Thonon-les-Bains on the South shore of Lake Geneva and roughly follows the Swiss and Italian border to the Mediterranean: We first did this walk in 2011 and we’ve been back several times since for … more