Paris to the Pyrenees by David Downie
A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

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Part adventure story, part cultural history, Paris to the Pyrenees explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage along the age-old way of Saint James 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, then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short.  The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. 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 David Downie

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David Downie has called Paris and the Marais home since1986. He has written for over 50 publications worldwide including Bon Appétit,The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, The San Francisco Chronicle ,epicurious.com, and Salon.com. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Paris, Paris: Journey into the Cityof Light , three Terroir guides, as well as several cookbooks and crime novels. Helives with his wife, Alison Harris, a photographer, and creates custom toursvia his "Paris, Paris Tours" blog site:http://parisparistours.blogspot.com/ Alison Harris pioneered the Disability Equality Training of Trainers course which was developed in Kosovo in partnership with Handikos, a disabled people s organization.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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In “Walking Home,” British poet Simon Armitage trods the 256-mile Pennine Way in the poetically-contrary direction most walkers take to the path — south to north, rather than the more typical north to south — so he can end near his childhood village of Marsden, West Yorkshire.

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In “Walking Home,” British poet Simon Armitage trods the 256-mile Pennine Way in the poetically-contrary direction most walkers take to the path — south to north, rather than the more typical north to south — so he can end near his childhood village of Marsden, West Yorkshire.

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