Why Footsteps?

The name for this blog says it all. It’s all about rambling, walking, hiking, trekking… Call it what you will. I’ve always been a big fan of slow travel as a way of truly exploring this amazing world of ours. From long-distance treks lasting several weeks to walks in the woods of just a few… Continue reading Why Footsteps?

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A 10-km loop around Savins

Having exhausted most of the possibilities in the hiking guide devoted to our immediate local area and keen to try out new paths, we got out an old guide for the whole département of the Seine-et-Marne where we live. And so, on a sunny Sunday May morning, we found ourselves parking opposite the church on… Continue reading A 10-km loop around Savins

The Harz Witches’ Trail

For the last multi-day hike of 2020, before winter and a new lockdown (which would last much longer than we initially thought), I left Paris on October 23rd with my favourite travel and hiking companion, my wife Odile, to walk the Harz Witches’ Trail (the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg) in central Germany. With Halloween coming up, we felt… Continue reading The Harz Witches’ Trail

The Black Forest Mittelweg

In the midst of these crazy times, after cancelling two long-distance hikes because of the pandemic, I’m finally setting off on another multi-day trail. The Paris region where I live in France is still on the German government’s list of risk areas, even though my village of just 200 people is 80 km out of… Continue reading The Black Forest Mittelweg

The Black Forest Westweg – Part One – Pforzheim to Hausach

The Black Forest in south-west Germany, just across the border from France, is criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails. Three major ones run north to south, the Westweg, the Mittelweg and the Ostweg. All three begin in Pforzheim and end, respectively, in Basel, Waldshut and Schaffhausen on the Rhine. The Westweg, with its 13 days of… Continue reading The Black Forest Westweg – Part One – Pforzheim to Hausach

GR13B from Moret to Nemours

It’s been years now since I hiked one of France’s GR paths, the long-distance hiking trails that crisscross the country in every region. Now that I am confined to France and unable to do my planned hikes in Germany, I have decided to do several stages of a local one, the GR 13B, that runs… Continue reading GR13B from Moret to Nemours