Start: 7:30 pm
David Downie Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James Part adventure story, part cultural history, the author of Paris: Journey into the City of Light explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage along the age-old Way of Saint James in France. Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration.