My good friend Tom and I recently took a 12 day trip to the Pyrenees, the mountains between France and Spain. It took us a day and a half to hitchhike there from Lyon which was frustratingly slow but by early in the morning on the third day we were walking, following the GR10 trail which runs along the French side of the border away from the Mediterranean.
The ruins of an old turret. The entire GR10 is marked by these little white and red stripes.
Tom resting after a 1000 meter ascent spread over only 3km of trail.
Cool cloud formations at sunrise.
Taken a few minutes after the prvious photo but facing in the opposite direction, back towards France with the Mediterranean on the horizon.
Descending back down into a valley on the fifth day, we found a lot of old stone walls and ruins of stone houses.
On the seventh day we walked a lot less and rested instead at some natural hotsprings. They were free, secret and very hot; 44 degrees!
Heating water for tea in the morning.
On the eighth day we passed through Llivia, a tiny province that is on the French side of the border but is considered part of Spain. No one would speak English or French to us so we didn't stay long.
We ran out of blister tape and had to improvise.
Lunch on most days.
Refuge on day nine.
Wild nettle tea.
On the elevnth day of the trip we reached the border of Andorra; a tiny independant country in the mountains between France and Spain that has no tax and only 80,000 inhabitants.
The France - Andorra border.
From Andorra we hitchhiked back to the Mediterranean and then to Lyon, this time taking only one day. All up we walked about 150 km in ten days.