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

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 is the author of Enchanted Liguria: A Celebration of the Culture, Lifestyle, and Food of the Italian Riviera. His food and travel articles have appeared in many publications, including Saveur, Departures, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has also published a book of essays in Italian and a thriller in French. He and his wife, Alison Harris, divide their time between Paris and Italy.

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