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 GR5 and began walking the GR52. The GR5 continues to Nice, but we took the slightly longer and more scenic alternate, the GR52, which ends in the small, old seaside town of Menton, close to the Italian border.
The GR52 runs mostly through the Parc de Mercantour and its famous Vallee des Merveilles. Although we had walked the same route in 2011, we had forgotten many details. Surprising, because we found it one of the hardest and most rewarding sections of our walk.
Over the last few weeks we had lost track of hikers we had met early on, as everyone walks at their own pace and according to their own schedule. However, once on the GR52 we met several others also headed to Menton. Within one or two days, strangers become friends and it’s nice to see familiar faces along the way and in the refuge at night.
Since arriving in Menton, we’ve been lazy, enjoyed a swim in the Mediterranean and a dinner with some fellow hikers to celebrate the end of our journeys.
The next day we went on to Nice for a night, and now we are in the Netherlands. It was a great trip and we are glad we could share it with you.
And, of course, some photos…