Melinda Lusmore


Melinda Lusmore lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her love affair with France started in 2006 when she spent one month on her own, travelling extensively throughout the country. Motivated primarily by a fear of driving through large cities, she stayed in smaller towns and, while avoiding the major highways, discovered that rural France is filled with gorgeous villages and glorious countryside.
What better way to experience all the delights of rural France than to walk one of its hundreds of well marked walking paths?
Several of her friends also thought this sounded like a mighty fine idea and, as she started to do a little more research, she found that she had many more questions than answers.
Maybe you have a lot of questions too?
Walking in France turned out to be such a fabulous experience that she can’t bear the thought of it ending up in anyone’s too-hard basket. So her goal is to give you everything you need to choose a walk, plan your itinerary and book your accommodation.

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Ilovewalking France - The Burgundy Canal from Pouilly-en-Auxois to Saint-Jean de Losne
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 11,890. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Covering only eighty-seven kilometres (fifty-four miles), this section of the canal from Pouilly-en-Auxois to Saint-Jean-de-Losne can be walked comfortably in five days. Although there are fewer distractions—such as the seven châteaux, eleven churches and abbey—than the section from Migennes to Pouilly-en-Auxois, it does have more than its fair share of beautiful lock houses and stunning scenery.
Ilovewalking France - The Burgundy Canal from Migennes to Pouilly-en-Auxois
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 13,300. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
The Burgundy Canal between Migennes and Pouilly-en-Auxois offers the perfect combination of easy walking, rural scenery, small villages and historical splendour. Within easy walking distance or a shuttle bus ride from the canal, you’ll find seven châteaux, eleven churches, one abbey, two of France’s ‘most beautiful villages’, canal bridges, museums, old buildings and of course, the canal tunnel.
Ilovewalking France - Figeac to Cahors
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 17,030. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
There are a couple of ways to get from Figeac to Cahors—each offering a different experience and catering to a different set of requirements. If this is part of a longer walk along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques from Le-Puy-en-Velay, then the traditional route of eighty-seven kilometres (54.4 miles) along the GR 65 is for you.
Ilovewalking France - The Midi Canal
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 11,380. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This 105 kilometre (66 mile) walk along the Midi Canal begins in Toulouse and heads south-east through several country towns until it reaches Carcassonne and its beautifully preserved medieval city. Boat traffic moving through the locks provides an interesting distraction but, when the canal is quiet, it is easy to imagine horses plodding along the same tow path, pulling their barges behind them.
Ilovewalking France - Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This 163-kilometre (102-mile) section of the Chemin de Saint-Jacques (also known as the Way of Saint James) starts in the Languedoc-Roussillon region at Aumont-Aubrac and heads south-west into the Midi-Pyrénées. Before arriving at Figeac, the path passes through three of the ‘most beautiful villages’ in France—Estaing, Saint-Côme-d’Olt and Conques.
Ilovewalking France - Martel to Rocamadour
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 10,320. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
The walk from Martel to Rocamadour weaves through 130 kilometres (81 miles) of French countryside and picturesque villages and towns. From Martel in the Midi-Pyrénées, your journey takes you north into the Limousin region and circles around through Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne before heading south once more to your destination of Rocamadour.

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  • BBQ Pizza A Flaming Expose on Macho Cooking on Sep. 28, 2013

    I must admit I don't own a BBQ but am always on the lookout for good pizza recipes. There are lots of mouth-watering and unusual combinations in this book - and it is a great read! Thoroughly enjoyable and useful!!