In May 2009, I began a 2,542-mile adapted version of the classical Grand Tour.
Combining my passion for architecture with my love of distance running, I ran from Amsterdam to Athens over the course of 130 days. Extensive planning went into the trip, and the end route brought me through 7 countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. I averaged 20 miles per day.

The objectives of the trip were multifold: to see and experience art and architecture firsthand; to perceive distances on a human scale; to expose myself to new cultures; to improve my abilities in French, German and Italian; and to test my own limitations.

Over the course of the trip I obeyed two simple rules: maintain an unbroken line on foot, and never pay for a place to sleep. In this way I was able to see each destination for what it really was and learn about local life by entering the homes of the complete strangers who offered me hospitality.

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Day Fifty-Five Self-Timer Shot: Running between Zug and Altdorf, Switzerland. A 54.8 Kilometer day.
Selected photos from the run: Shipping & Transport College, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Amiens Cathedral, Amiens, France; Villa Savoye, Poissy, France; View from the Tour Eiffel, Paris, France; Château de Blandy-les-Tours, Blandy-les-Tours, France; Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France; ETH-Dfab Studio, Zurich, Switzerland; S. Maria degli Angeli, Monte Tamaro, Switzerland; Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy; Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; Tempio di Nettuno, Paestum, Italy; Sassi, Matera, Italy; Meteora, Kalambaka, Greece; Parthenon, Athens, Greece; Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens, Greece