How do people stay fit when they eat pastries and coffee for petit dejeuner?
I have discovered the secret! It’s walking hills and stairs. It seems that everywhere you go in Europe there are tons of stairs and hills to climb. Your legs will really be strong after a day or week of walking around and climbing.
While I can’t speak for the insides of people and how their organs are affected, certainly the outward appearance of being trim comes from all that climbing.
When travelling in places you will be walking a lot, particularly in the sun, a list of Definite Dos:
- Always wear a hat
- Bring 1 – 2L of water minimum
- Wear light coloured clothes made of light breathable fabrics
- Siesta in the absolute heat of day (2-5pm usually)
- Walk in the shade as much as possible before you feel the heat wear you down
- Test your shoes before you go (check for blisters, wear spots, etc)
Should you find yourself in Paris, I highly recommend taking the stairs up the Eifel Tower. You will be rewarded with waiting only 20 minutes in line (instead of a few hours) as well as the views from below along the staircase. The 2nd Stage is as high as you can climb anyway and it should not take more than 10 – 15 minutes maximum from the ground to the 2nd Floor.
Climbing earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler is highly recommended.