Claudia and I tend to avoid big cities whenever possible, but since we had a train connection in Paris on our way to the Pyrenees we figured we should spend an extra day here to check out some of the sights.
When searching Booking.com for places to stay, for some reason this place looked good to me! 😉
Of course I just had to go to the Pére Lachaise Cemetery to see Jim Morrison’s grave. His might be the least impressive in the entire cemetery, but it’s certainly the most popular!
We then visited the Montmartre district and the Sacré-Cœur church. That area seems like a tourist rat hole and kind of left a bad taste. But I’ll try to resist passing judgement since we only saw a small portion and I’m not a city person anyways so don’t listen to me. I did, however, enjoy the Eiffel Tower, where we drank a bottle of Bordeaux wine while watching the sun set behind.
One day in Paris is enough for me. I’m excited to get back into the mountains. In a day or two we will be walking into the Pyrenees, the great mountain range that runs east/west forming the border between France and Spain. The plan is to start from the village of Lescun and trek eastward for up to three weeks. We will generally be following the Pyrenean Haute Route, but will probably also veer off on the GR10 and/or GR11 trails at various points. These are all long distance trails that run the length of the range from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The entire trails take about 45 days or more to hike, so we’ll just be doing a portion of the full length, creating our own route variations as we go. We’re in no particular hurry, and I look forward to traveling light for so long, staying in huts, and taking it as it comes.
Our original plan for September was to go trek around Mt. Blanc. We spontaneously changed our plans a few days ago – the Pyrenees simply seem more exciting to me at this point! We have maps and a guidebook; besides that I haven’t really done much research at all. I’m kind of excited about that too!
So this will be my last post for about three weeks while we’re off the radar. See you in late September!