Footsteps ~ Short tales of the trail
Crossing paths, Paris-to-Paris
Part of making a round-trip is finding your way back to where you started. Sometimes, along the way you may cross your own path…
The most northerly of the pilgrim paths in France bears the Latin name via Turonensis – the Tours route. It begins beneath the “St. James Tower” (tour St-Jacques) in Paris and heads south to Orlèans, on the Loire River. Here it follows the GR-3 long-distance trail, running along the river through its famous valley of vineyards, forests, and grand chateaux. (more…)
Tips on Planning a Route
When I was planning my six-week 2007 walk, I began looking for information about the various places along the route. Sometimes I came upon information like this, outlining a trail in paragraph form: Orléans, La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, Saint-Ay, Meung-sur-Loire, Beaugency, Tavers (hors), Lestiou, Avaray, Muides-sur-Loire, Seuvres, Saint-Dye-sur-Loire, Chambord, La Chaussee-le-Compte, Cellettes, Saint-Gervais-la-Fôret, Blois, Chailles, Candé-sur-Beuvron, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Rilly-sur-Loire, Souvigny-de-Touraine, Amboise, Lussault-sur-Loire, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Vouvray, Roche-Corbon, Tours.
That may be a tasty mouthful of French, but it soon becomes a bewildering mess if you try to find information about any of these waypoints. (more…)