Abandoned: Oppède Le Vieux

The villages in France, and more generally in Europe have been in existence for many hundreds of years. In that time they accumulate stories, tales of adventure, of love, of woe, and of those that lie in ruins. In some, a natural cause might obscure a darker history, haunted by the memories of fallen lives amidst the wars of men. William Stewart’s book takes us on a journey through one such abandoned village, Oppède Le Vieux in Provence. Continue reading “Abandoned: Oppède Le Vieux”

Coast to Coast, The Second Half


The second half, which either is “that far to go” or “Wow! I’ve come this far”! Either way, there’s still alot of walking to get to the east coast and see the sea, touching feet on sand. With the most difficult navigational parts of the walk behind us (I fervently hope!), I’m now both a little sore, with some careful walking needed to begin the day, as well as getting to be quite fit and comfortable with the distances we have to travel. Continue reading “Coast to Coast, The Second Half”

Coast to Coast, The First Half


Walk across England in two weeks, are you crazy!? Must be, but here I am, doing the Coast to Coast walk across northern England; from St Bees on the Irish Sea, through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea (and yes, I have my stone from St Bees to drop in the North Sea!). And of course, its summer right, so glorious warm summer days, a few occasional summer showers, languorous summer evenings to enjoy the fruits of a long walking day. Hmmm… not quite! Continue reading “Coast to Coast, The First Half”