Ever since I learned to drive, I have dreamt of the long and picturesque auto trip. At last it happened! The final motivation to leave was the registration to the Var Verdon Canyon Challenge 2019.
The planning. I had to squeeze into 3 weeks and wanted to see (and run in) as many places as I could. Of course, the relaxation part of the vacation also was on my mind.
The stops (to run and to relax):
Budapest (Hungary). The gem of the Eastern Europe. With all its medieval architecture, hills and views on the Danube it was the perfect start of the trip.
Sirmione (Italy). Charming town, accidentally found on the map. Real paradise for the morning jog with the views on the peaceful lake, mountains, flowers and the fairy tale castle.
Agay Bay (Saint-Raphaël, France). French Riviera doesn’t let go those who were caught by its charms. Listening to the tender whisper of the Mediterranean waves and admiring the nearby red rocks one can run by the very seaside.
Aiguines (France). Small but authentic town in Provence near the Verdon Canyon. Unbelievably beautiful trail race – Var Verdon Canyon Challenge – is held there for 29 years.
Cassis (France). Running by the highest searock in Europe, it is possible to reach the Calanques – amazing natural phenomenon. But such run won’t be easy – for sure! Transparent sea and flowers everywhere are a nice bonus.
Avignon (France). The second Vatican (because of the Popes’ Palace) of the Medieval Europe, this fortified town can show you the might and glory of the old times. Unfortunately, the incredible heat didn’t let me run for long.
Beynac (France). Listed in the TOP-10 most beautiful villages of France, Beynac is magnificent! Several very well-preserved medieval fortresses are situated on the banks of the river Dordogne here. Lots of MTB, hiking and running paths are available here. Moreover, kayaking is also very popular here.
Mont Saint-Michel (France). You’ll need a lot of pages to describe this eighth wonder of the world! After my last year’s run inside the castle (the video is here) this time I chose the flat path with the view to the island.
Pointe du Grouin (France). Rocky islands, Atlantic Ocean, Mont Saint-Michel on the horizon… together with tourist crowds. The run was symbolic (a bit more than a kilometer), just to film this beauty.
Etretat (France). If Mont Saint-Michel is a man-made marvel, the white rocks of Etretat are natural. Guy de Maupassant and Claude Monet were inspired by astonishing local views. What a perfect place for a run!
“Les Falaises à Étretat”, Claude Monet, 1885
Don’t worry – the rocks are still there, 2019
Lille (France). My supernatural place. The great park near the Citadelle with its mighty medieval walls protects runners from winds and gives serenity. However, every time I’m here either my camera fails, or there’s no time for a run. Obviously, I have to come back here again 🙂
Dresden (Germany). The most visited city in Germany impresses by the contrast of various historical epochs. During the one run you can see the times of greatness of Saxony, the monuments of Soviet architecture and modern high-tech. The Germans reproduce everything that was destroyed during the Second World War with care and diligence.
Lublin (Poland). The home of a great beer! ))) The center of the city is tiny. You can easily jog through it in 15-20 minutes, but it doesn’t become less charming.
P.S. Of course, the running video from every above described place will soon be in Video section of the site.