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January 4th 2021

2021: let’s hope that hiking in the Alps will soon be possible again…!

The Via Alpina: the great collection of long distance hiking trails in the Alps, of which the longest Trail runs through all eight Alpine countries, from Trieste in Italy to Monte Carlo, the Principality of Monaco. The Trails consist of 342 day stages in total.

Since 2011 there is the official website about the Via Alpina. Inspired by this project I started in early 2017 to develop the website “Pauline hikes” about the Via Alpina and hiking in the mountains in general. So 2021 will be my fifth hiking year in the Alps!

The year 2020, which I had entitled my first blog of that year “Keep on moving in the Alps“, has been for the whole world dominated by the devastating and disruptive COVID-19 pandemic: therefore it has not been – at least for me… – wise and later that year even impossible to travel to the Alpine regions and to hike there and write blogs about it. And this pandemic hasn’t been under control yet…

Because I don’t know when I will be able to go real time towards the Alps, I have added an extra item to my website: “The Alps and the Low Countries”, shown in the menu bar. I will elaborate subjects which link the Alpine regions with the Netherlands – and it appears there are many of them! That’s why I hope that also this year again you, dear, readers, would like to follow me on this journey! And there is still the saying “The road is also a destination!

The last five blogs are – as always – mentioned in the sidebar. If you would like to read previous blogs, please click here: on the page of the Archive of the blogs about the Via Alpina you will be guided to the blog you were looking for. I hope that soon you will be able to search for other travel stories as well (like The Alps and the Low Countries).

Best regards,

Pauline