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Watching an Italian drink a coffee is mystifying. Blink and you will miss it. The Italians have a lovely saying that embraces a philosophy close to my own heart: ‘Il dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. They are famous for the idea of slowing things down. This applies to all things except for drinking coffee.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will know how much I love being by the sea. And hiking.
So spending my birthday weekend with a few friends by the coast hiking the Cape to Cape Track in the South West of Western Australia seemed like one of my better ideas.
Plans were made, tents were hauled out of storage, supply lists were drawn up….we were good to go!
The weather, however, had other ideas.
I remember it well: the first hour of the first day of walking the Camino de Santiago in 2003. It began perfectly. I was super excited, full of energy (mostly from adrenalin, and the French pastry I’d eaten for breakfast) and ready to begin the trek into the French Pyrenees.
It’s true, the idea of a pilgrimage is usually associated with a religious ritual or rite of passage: the pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam, the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem in Judaism and The Vatican in Catholicism.
But I am going to help myself to a little creative license here and suggest that any journey or travel can be considered a pilgrimage: and a non-religious one at that.
Not For The Faint Hearted is a series of posts about various long distance treks across the globe. If walking a really long way is what rocks your world, read on for some inspiration…
Lapland! Where better to extend the limits of your adventurous spirit than the Arctic wilderness in the far north of Sweden. When I think Lapland, I think reindeer and northern lights. But there is so much more than that to be had in this wild and untouched landscape.
Paris is one of my all time favourite cities and wandering the streets of Paris is a joy in itself.
The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre etc are all must-sees of course, but by simply wandering you invariably stumble upon the real treasures that Paris has to offer:
Browsing the stalls of the Bouquinistes (antiquarian and used booksellers) that line the Left and Right banks of the Seine; sampling one of the 33 flavours of ice cream from the famous Berthillon ice creamery on the Ile Saint-Louis; or the sensory explosion of the open air food markets on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. Read more