Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (Paperback)

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By David Downie, Alison Harris (Photographer)
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Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques and trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes seventy-two days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from paris to the pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

About the Author

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid-1980s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in print publications worldwide. Downie is co-owner with his wife Alison Harris of Paris, "Paris" Tours custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome & the Italian Riviera. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Paris, Paris", and the bestselling "Paris to the Pyrenees".

Alison Harris pioneered the Disability Equality Training of Trainers course which was developed in Kosovo in partnership with Handikos, a disabled people s organization.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781605985565
ISBN-10: 1605985562
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: May 15th, 2014
Pages: 317
Language: English