On Foot Across France - Dunkerque to the Pyrenees

Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Tim Salmon was the author of The Rough Guide to France, the renowned travel bible of France for the independent, savvy traveller For 15 years, as he travelled the length and breadth of the country, the idea for his own, personal journey gradually took shape It would be nothing to do with cathedrals and history and railway timetables but a suThroughout the 1980s and 90s, Tim Salmon was the author of The Rough Guide to France, the renowned travel bible of France for the independent, savvy traveller For 15 years, as he travelled the length and breadth of the country, the idea for his own, personal journey gradually took shape It would be nothing to do with cathedrals and history and railway timetables but a subjective, intimate look at the country he had been married to and grown to love and know so well It would be a slow journey on foot, but he couldn t decide on a route, until, one day, he came across an article about the old Paris meridian line Renamed La Meridienne Vertefor France s millennium celebrations, it runs from the North Sea at Dunkerque to the Spanish border That s it, he thought there s the route, a virtual line from nowhere in particular to nowhere in particular, passing, with the exception of Paris, through nowhere in particular It would bring what it brought He would see what he saw This book is the diary of that walk An intimate and charming day by day account of what he saw, heard, thought landscapes, flower girls, snippets of history, curious encounters and lots of birdsong.
On Foot Across France Dunkerque to the Pyrenees Throughout the s and s Tim Salmon was the author of The Rough Guide to France the renowned travel bible of France for the independent savvy traveller For years as he travelled the length

  • Title: On Foot Across France - Dunkerque to the Pyrenees
  • Author: Tim Salmon
  • ISBN: 9781494231538
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Tim Salmon

    I grew up in the countryside in England, was educated as a classicist at Oxford University and set off to spend the rest of my life as a bohemian wanderer in the eastern Mediterranean But we know what happens to the best laid plans Marriage, children I ended up teaching, in Greece, Libya, then in London, for the first twenty years of my adult existence And then I began writing mostly about travel, mostly about Greece and France guidebooks, travel journalism, accounts of journeys My interest has remained the world I originally discovered as a classicist, the countries where Greek and Latin once were spoken, in particular the mountainous bits I have done translations from and into French and Greek and I have a special interest in schizophrenia because of my own son s plight.

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    • Jacqueline said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:24 PM

      This book had me hooked from the beginning; anyone who starts a book talking about weighing his underwear must have a great story to tell, and he does. Tim’s story is about his walk from Dunkerque in the north of France to the Pyrenees, following La Méridienne Verte, the line that neatly bisects France straight down the middle. In 62 walking days he covered approximately 1315km on foot, but unfortunately it was not as straightforward as locating the track in Dunkerque and following clearly ma [...]

    • Helen Bennett said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:24 PM

      Enjoyed: the idea, the descriptions of the country he travelled through and the people he met - France is one of my favourite countries, and I'd love to get back there- very evocative and detailed.Disliked- his "grumpy old man" and somewhat condescending asides and comparisons, especially with things as they used to be.Overall, a reasonable travelogue(good cover, by the way).

    • Melissa said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:24 PM

      I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.This was an amazing written book about ones journey through France. You end up feeling as though you were actually there. I love that there is never a lag in the book or a dull moment. If you ever want to travel to France or just vicariously travel there, I would recommend this book to you!

    • Tim Salmon said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:24 PM

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