Day 7: Blackfold to Inverness
September 9, 2016

July 14th, 2016     —     12km / 7.5miles A leisurely start at 10am for a leisurely day’s walking. The morning’s pick-up to drop me back at Blackfold was around 9:30am, and I was back on the trail at 10:10am. I’d arranged an early arrival with Gary from Fairfield Lodge, which was no […]

Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Blackfold.
September 9, 2016

July 13th, 2016  — 19km / 12miles.   After breakfast I said good-bye to Alison – who’d arranged a taxi to take her to Inverness airport – and headed to the Drumnadrochit Hotel’s coffee shop for a latte before starting the actual walk for the day. There was no rush as I had to reach my […]

Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit.
September 9, 2016

July 12th, 2016     —     24km / 15miles.   I set off just before 9am for this, the longest leg, of the Loch Ness Round Walk. Alison decided not to walk today and to take the bus to Drumnadrochit. Probably a good decision given the distance and accumulated elevation gain this day. […]

Day 4: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston.
September 9, 2016

July 11th, 2016     —     15km / 9.5miles   This was by far the most rewarding day when it came to views. Lessons learned about arriving too early, we again set out at the very civilized time of 10am. Turning left out of the driveway of Thistle Dubh (pron: ‘do’ – clever […]

Day 3: Foyers to Fort Augustus.
September 8, 2016

July 10th, 2016.     —     23km / 14.5miles   This day was slightly different than the other walk days. As always, I had studied the map and terrain the evening before. Taking into account the distance and elevation gain in the second half of the days’ walk, and the fact that I […]

Day 2: Dores to Foyers
September 8, 2016

July 9th, 2016  —    21km / 13miles.   That morning we walked out of our B&B before 8am and were greeted by a light drizzle and fog over the Loch. For the first few kilometers the trail veered away a few hundred meters from the Loch and, after climbing a little, leveled out on an easy […]

Day 1: Inverness to Dores.
July 9, 2016

July 7 – July 15, 2016 Walking around Loch Ness had been on my walking-wish list for quite some time, so I was really happy to finally get my boots on and to start this circular walk around the Loch. I again used Contours Walking Holidays to book my accommodation and transfer my luggage; I prefer […]

Saturday, April 30, 2016. As promised by the weatherman and every weather app available, the day presented itself rather miserable and wet and windy, with no relief in sight. So I decided to take a rain-rest day and travel with my luggage form La Cazette to Les Mas des Eglantines. I cleared it with Hilde […]

Day 4: La Frayssinette to La Cazette
April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning to wake up to and the weather stayed great all day: sunshine and not too hot, perfect walking weather. Breakfast at 9am was a feast, and we could pick and choose to make our own lunch packet. This was also the last time this group […]

Day 3: Albugue to La Frayssinette via Coupiac
April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016. By now I was used to the leisurely pace and presented myself for breakfast just before 9am. I did have fresh coffee, milk and a coffeemaker in my room, so I’d enjoyed a cuppa beforehand. Croissant with homemade jam, some cheese, homemade apple juice (Michel made 182 liters of the delectable […]

Day 2: La Libaudié to Albugue
April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 To avoid confusion let me mention here that the ‘place names’ in the titles of the posts ‘Walking in the Vallée du Tarn’ are the names of the actual houses I stayed at. When you book walking holiday with ‘Franse Valleientocht’ you are not on a trek, instead they have walks […]

Day 1: La Bouysse to La Libaudié
April 26, 2016

Tuesday, April 25th, 2016. I found this walking holiday with Franse Valleientocht after doing a google search in Dutch instead of English, and the idea of staying with Dutch speaking hosts appealed to me. It’s a ‘chambre d’hotes/table d’hotes’ formula whereby you walk from house to house, via different routes, all in the same neighborhood; luggage gets transported. My hosts […]

Christmas time in Eeklo and Gent
December 27, 2015

We arrived in Eeklo on December 16th, to be there not only for Christmas but also for Stefaan’s birthday on December 17th. Upon arrival in BRU we picked up our rental and, after briefly getting slowed down by the morning commute on Brussel’s ring road, checked into to our lovely B&B Cambiare around 10am. Naturally […]

Brugge
December 27, 2015

Monday, December 21st Headed to Brugge to enjoy a few days of being a tourist and some last minute Christmas shopping. First stop was an early checkin at Hotel Prinsenhof, a delightful family run boutique hotel, followed by a stroll around the medieval town while dodging the rain. For lunch we caught up with Mieke and […]

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