A Month’s Walk in France


After living nine months in Marseille, in June of 2010 we moved out of our apartment carrying only our backpacks with a minimum of clothes and necessary items to start a month of walking. Our plan was to walk in four different regions of France:
– the Gorge du Tarn
– the Bastides Albigeoises in the Tarn
– the Pays Basque, and
– the Loire Valley.

We will take trains between the regions. The only reservations we made in advance was a hotel room in Ales, our first night away.

This is not the first time we have done village-to-village hiking in France. Our previous four outings have been:
– Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostelle (the pilgrimage trail that ends in Spain) from Nasbinal to Conques
– Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostelle from Figeac to Moissac
– Le Beaujolais – a circular hike through many of the grande cru villages beginning and ending in Beaujeu
– Le Lot and le Dordogne departments – from Martel to Rocamadour

This will be a brief description of each leg of our hike. I hope this will encourage you to explore France on foot!


4 Responses to “A Month’s Walk in France”

  1. Amanda Pollard Says:

    What a lovely idea! Can’t wait to follow your journey.

    • ahaexp Says:

      Thanks for the comment. The walk actually happened already so it’s already fully documented! I like your blog’s informative style and share your enthusiasm for Montpellier.

  2. Polina Says:

    I just read your blog as I am planning a trip to France and Italy next June and was going to start in Marceille but decided Niece instead due to the unpopular view on it by American tourists. I have really enjoyed reading this evening your travels but was wondering why you havent posted aince 2013? Or you have but I am just not seeing it. I would love to read more!

    • ahaexp Says:

      Polina: Thanks for the kind words. We have returned to the U.S. and visit France — including Marseille — usually once a year. I should post more, thanks. Enjoy your trip

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