Via Tolosana

The Arles Camino Route – GR653

Having cut my Camino teeth on the leaf-shaped first stretch of the Via Lemovicensis, starting in Vezelay in 2011, I had always wanted to visit again to take a different route.

With a number of Airbnb and Couchsurfing guests visiting from the south of France, my interest in this area grew. I mean everyone raves about the south of France don’t they?  Up until now the draw to France had always been to the North and Lyon was as far south as I had ventured.

After some interesting endings in my career and possibly some stars aligning in a new way, I realised it was time to go a different way of St James – the stomping-ground of Eleanor, the searching switchbacks of the Tour de France and some of the most dramatic French countryside – home of Van Gogh’s sunflowers.  Last trip was en velo, this trip will be à pied.

You can find the blog of my trip by going to the home page of this blog, and then to ‘Via Tolosana’ on the left-hand menu. The walk took 46 days, and there are a couple of pre-walk posts which describe my preparation and an Epilogue for the last chapter.

Please join me on my travels, and I’ll share with you what I discovered about myself and one of the Camino roads less travelled.

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