We have been in Europe for two weeks, mostly visiting friends and family in the Netherlands and enjoying unusually warm and sunny weather. Last Sunday we went by train from Amsterdam to Le Puy en Velay in France, about 100 km southwest of Lyon, to begin a 30-day walk to St. Jean Pied de Porte on the Spanish border. It is an old pilgrimage walk commonly known as the le Puy Camino and also one of French the Grande Randonnée walks, the GR65.
We plan to do a few short blog posts as we go and later do a more complete post.
Today is day four of walking. The image at the top of this post was taken on the first day of the walk—a quiet country road on a warm, overcast day. How the weather has changed! The endless warm sunshine of the Netherlands continued on our first day in France, changed to cooler overcast weather on the first day of walking and now has become abnormal cold and snow!
The cold is widespread in Europe and will be with us for the next few days. In spite of the cold, we are enjoying the walk. It feels great to be on a long walk again. This part of France, the Massif Central, is a scenic mix of forest, farmland and small towns with lots of climbing and descending. As it is early in the season, it is quiet on the trail but we’ve met a few other walkers and had some pleasant evenings talking over dinner. Here are a few more photos from the last four days—