After reading Patrick Leigh Fermor’s books about his 1933 walk across Europe (A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road) Hunt decided to mirror Fermor’s walk using his books as a travel guide. Starting in Holland Hunt kept walking for 7 months across 8 countries, eventually reaching Istanbul.
It’s a beautifully descriptive tale, some of the writing is lyrical and rich in metaphor with insights into the cultures and troubles of the countries he traverses and the centuries of history that have informed the present.
The Idiot and the Odyssey – Walking the Mediterranean by Joel Stratte-McClure who is an American journalist who has lived in France for 30 years. He decided to walk around the Mediterranean Sea after the end of his marriage and “...in middle of a melancholy divorce, mired in an emotional and spiritual cesspool and greatly in need of a cosmic uplift.” Armed with a copy of Homer’s Odyssey he set off on a mid-life meditation.