Sunday, June 14, 2009

Anglo Info

I mentioned a few days ago that I have discovered the Anglo Info websites, which are replete with useful information for anybody who lives in France, is thinking of doing so, or who has any interest in France.

At the time I was aware of sites for the two local regions here, but now I know there are 16 separate Anglo Info websites for the whole of France. Each has thousands of people, presumably mainly English speaking people, registered. So, if you are interested in selling or buying anything, finding out information about anything, or discussing any subject on the numerous forums (yes, I know it should be forae, but most people think it is forums and this is about communication), you should go to:

Then select the region you are live in or are interested in. You will also see, on the left hand side, that there are similar websites in other countries, and more coming soon.

Now, what has all this got to do with VBW? I want as many people as possible to know about my walk, not only because so many who do know are very interested, but also because of the help I may get about, for instance, safe walking routes in the different regions I will pass through.

I put a brief mention of VBW on each of the French Anglo Info websites a few days ago. The result was a remarkable increase in the number of people reading my blog. I also received numerous encouraging messages, not to mention offers of accommodation, food, showers, walking companions.

Gay and I have lived in France for 12 years and had no idea this resource was available. I have also put a guitar and an IBM Thinkpad X60 laptop computer for sale on Anglo Info - I seem to have sold the guitar and have several people interested in the laptop.

I recommend anybody living in or having an interest in France to have a look at Anglo Info.

C'est,moi wrote in one of the forums:

Hi Vic

What a lovely event you have thought up for yourself! I love hiking myself, I did the 4 day marching event in my home country of the The Netherlands twice, which happens in July each year in Nijmegen, and did the 50km a day march for four days with my brother. Lovely thing to walk, I enjoy it all the time. Hope you don't suffer from blisters like I do, if so, or if you have done, what are your tips for that? I usually tape them up well. Now the only walking I do is nearly every day a 4 hour walk on the golf course! I am definitely going to follow your progress and the actual trip and I wish you all the best with it!

Take care and go for it!

I replied:

Thanks for the kind words.

I use Decathlon's Run 800 socks and Columbia Trailmeister IV shoes. I have never had a blister or sore feet while wearing these - probably in at least 5,000 kilometres.


Kelly said...

I just started reading your blog after I read about it on AngloInfo. I think its great! Keep up the good work with walking. How long does it usually take you to walk 30kms? I usually walk 5km a day with the dogs, but your inspiring me to take a day and go for a long one.

Vic Heaney said...

Hello Kelly

Thanks for the support.

It takes me 5 hours to walk 30 kms. I normally do the whole distance without stopping. Keen to get it done and get on with the rest of the day.

Tracy and Della said...

Hi Vic,
We just started following your blog a few days ago having seen the link on AngloInfo.
We'd like to wish you all the very best with your training and subsequent walk and we look forward to following your blog and your progress over the coming weeks and months.
All the very best,
Tracy & Della

Vic Heaney said...

Tracy and Della

Thanks very much for your support - I am getting a huge amount of that, and tons of encouragement and offers of help.