We’re off

Photos from 2011 on the GR5

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:

Map of GR5 route
The double lines are alternate routes.

We first did this walk in 2011 and we’ve been back several times since for shorter walks in the French Alps. It is such a beautiful area that this year we are doing the whole 750 km walk again.

After the walk we’ll go to the Netherlands. Inge will spend a few weeks there before returning to Vancouver. I’ll stay only a few days, then go to Spain to do another five weeks of walking.

In Spain I’ll walk part of the Camino del Norte along Atlantic Coast from the French border near San Sebastian to Oviedo where I’ll continue on the Camino Primitivo to Santiago. These are some of the very early pilgrimage routes (primitivo means old in Spanish) and because they are hilly and more difficult, they attract far fewer people than the popular Camino Frances. The distance is about 800 km.

Map of route in Spain
Red line: Norte route. Grey line: Primitivo route. (Route from end of the Primitivo to Santiago not shown.)

We will post updates as we go.

18 thoughts on “We’re off”

  1. Have a great time you two. Looking forward to your updates. Bon Voyage!!😊

  2. Happy travels! I am looking forward to travelling along vicariously through the blog 😉

  3. TRAVEL ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY. IT ISN’T ALWAYS COMFORTABLE. SOMETIMES IT HURTS, IT EVEN BREAKS YOUR HEART. BUT THAT’S OKAY. THE JOURNEY CHANGES YOU – IT SHOULD CHANGE YOU. IT LEAVES MARKS ON YOUR MEMORY, ON YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS, ON YOUR HEART, AND ON YOUR BODY. YOU TAKE SOMETHING WITH YOU… HOPEFULLY, YOU LEAVE SOMETHING GOOD BEHIND.” -ANTHONY BOURDAIN.

    All the best in your travels and I fully expect the two of you will leave a trail of Canadian good will behind you on this adventure.

  4. I look forward to hearing of your adventures and the photos. I am quite envious.

  5. Looking foreward to all the beautifull pictures and stories. Have a great time and see you both in the Netherlands.

  6. Can’t wait to see the pictures….always makes me smile first thing in the morning.
    Wishing you a safe and exhilarating walk.
    Jane

  7. Wish you two a wonderful time and I will be following along vicariously!

  8. So cool! Looking forward to seeibg your blog posts. Travel safe you guys!

  9. WOW!!! You two are amazing and I love to hear about your adventures! Wishing you all the best on this adventure.

  10. Excited to follow your adventures, but will miss you. Be safe, and have fun!

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