A short update

We survived the snow! After a difficult day of walking in snow that sometimes drifted waist deep, we took a shuttle bus the next day (still snowing) to get down from the Massif Central into rain rather than snow. Since then we’ve been too tired, or too busy, or having long dinners with other walkers … more

Caminos del Norte and Primitivo, 2019 and 2021

In August 2021, when COVID seemed to be in decline, Inge and I went to Europe. In the Netherlands we spent three pleasant weeks which included a family wedding and a one-week cycling trip. In September I went to Spain to finish a walk I started in 2019 while Inge stayed on in the Netherlands. … more

A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros

A book recommendation for winter nights in the northern hemisphere. (Those of you in the southern hemisphere can file this away until your summer is over.) A Philosophy of Walking is a thoughtful and beautifully written book by French philosopher Frédéric Gros. The book is a mixture of his own thoughts and his commentary on … more

Avoid fx fees—travel cheaper

(Updated June 2020 to remove Rogers and Fido Mastercards which now only rebate fx fees on US currency.) Canadian banks love it when you travel. When you travel outside Canada and use your credit card or withdraw cash from an ATM, your bank converts the amount you charge or withdraw into Canadian dollars at a … more

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 a week ago, 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 GR5 … more