Taking in the beautiful small towns, villages, churches and farms of the French countryside, Yeppoon locals Margo and Tony Martin walked 800 kilometres over 37 days.
Their interesting travel tales will be shared with the Livingstone community next week, as part of Council’s ongoing Armchair Travel series.
Held by Livingstone Shire Council Library – the free presentations give locals the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with the community, while inspiring others to embark on a journey themselves.
Starting from the beautiful pilgrim town of Le-Puy-en-Velay in Eastern Central France, Margo said the history, geography and architecture made walking in Europe really enjoyable.
“Walking in France was a wonderful experience and full of diversity. Every day was unique and unpredictable,” Margo explained.
“The French Camino gave us the opportunity to explore the rural countryside and back roads of France.
“The towns and villages were incredibly picturesque, full of history and often situated in beautiful or dramatic landscapes which varied from one region to the other – old castles on hilltops, medieval stone houses, winding old narrow streets and bridges over rivers.
“Some of the towns and regions also had their own food speciality. We tasted ‘Aligot’ in Najac which is a mixture of cheese and potato and duck in Estaing. We also found that the French people were always friendly and approachable.
“This trip was an opportunity to experience France, exposing us to its culture, language, history, architecture, cuisine and scenic countryside. Having previously done a long distance walk in Spain we were looking to do something similar in another country.
“Travel is important as it opens you up to other possibilities and by sharing our experiences, perhaps it might motivate others to do the same or something similar.”
Library, Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood encouraged residents interested in travel to come along to learn about Margo and Tony’s overseas adventure.
“If you have a fascinating, lively and passionate travel story that will delight the community, speak with some of our wonderful library staff and put your name down to participate in this popular series,” Cr Eastwood said.
Armchair Travel: Walking in France, will be held Wednesday, 14 November from 6pm – 7pm at Yeppoon Library, John St. Keep up to date with Livingstone Libraries on Facebook or visit http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/whatson