22 November 2008

The Boot Boys


Meet the Boot Boys (Don, Tony, Bryan and Stan) sitting under the hollow elm tree in Gorbio. This tree was planted in 1713 and as you see in the small photograph is miraculously still going strong.

Not everyone comes to Menton with a beach towel. There are those who arrives with walking boots, maps and an awful lot of stamina. The mountains and the hilltop villages around Menton are great walking country.

The Boot Boys (also known as Les Garçons de la Botte) live in Kendal, in the beautiful Lake District of England. This is the first time I've met them although I felt I knew Don as we've emailed back and forth almost since I started this blog. Don and his wife own a holiday apartment in Menton and Don keeps me on my toes suggesting places for me to photograph. I live here yet I write Don with a question because I know he'll know the answer. Something wrong there...

To read about this recent Boot Boys walking trip, with great photographs - fabulous panoramas - and descriptions of Menton, St. Agnes, Sospel and Gorbio and environs, please click on the link. You'll also read more about the Boot Boys and how they got the name. And no, it's not to do with walking boots...

Come back soon, boys - it was great to meet you!

17 comments:

  1. A great portrait for the weekenders who, like me, like walking!!

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  2. Nice to know boys. Wonderful collection of the human race in one spot.

    I think this is my first trip to your blog since yesterday. I am in Brookville, Ohio and it is cold this morning – 13 degree Fahrenheit = -10.5555556 degree Celsius.

    If I were just walking past you on the street I would probably smile and nod my head. I hope you would too. LOL

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  3. I love stories like this. Great to meet the guys and have a look at that tree.

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  4. And they're all wearing blue..
    I hope they have a good walking trip. The weather doesn't look too good here..

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  5. WEll Karen and I are the answer to the BOOT BOYS in Paris. Walked a million miles this week. These guys are great. Would like to tag along but know I couldn't keep up! HA

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  6. WEll Karen and I are the answer to the BOOT BOYS in Paris. Walked a million miles this week. These guys are great. Would like to tag along but know I couldn't keep up! HA

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  7. Great story, Jilly. I'll be sure to check out their website...

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  8. They seem to have color coordinated themselves very nicely, in the muted tones favored by the Brits. They look happy and healthy.

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  9. Ah., lovely to see your friend Don in photo....I remember you mentioning him. Perfect walking weather by the look of it.

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  10. Pasi from Finland23 November, 2008

    I'm sorry using your blog to give information to BootBoys but I know they(or some of them) read this regurlally ;- )

    I am quite sure that the old car is Simca Ariane. You can find information about the car by Google.

    Once again, Jilly, sorry about this off-topic story.

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  11. Don the BOOTboy23 November, 2008

    Thanks to Pasi for identifying the car in the BOOTboy link. I mistook the "I" for an "L".

    Thanks also to everyone else who commented on our happy appearance, sartorial elegance or viewed the BOOTboy link. We very much enjoyed our trip to Menton and look forward to returning next year.

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  12. They look happy to have met you, too! Great group photo.

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  13. They look very fit - they should be very pleased with this photograph. Sounds like they had a grand adventure. Here is a thought - do you think a lot of travel books would not of been written if the authors had a blog?

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  14. PS - 1713!!! it just struck me how long ago that was.

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  15. I love stories like this as well....what an old tree...I thought the 150 year old red oak that I posted was old! I wonder how it stays alive.....

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