The Alps may be the world's best known mountain range, with scarcely any secrets left, but it still has the power to excite - no matter how many times you've been there. In the 19th century Leslie Stephen called it
'The Playground of Europe', and that just about sums it up today. The Alps is a playground; a wonderland offering at once some of the most sublime, most dramatic and awe-inspiring landscapes to be found anywhere.
And what's the best way to experience those landscapes?
Over the past thirty-odd years I've been privileged to spend literally hundreds of days wandering the trails of just about every Alpine group, from the Alpes Maritime that rise just behind Nice on the Mediterranean, all the way round to the fabulous limestone country of the Julian Alps in Slovenia - an arc of mountains more than 1000 km (620 miles) long. And it seems that every region is different; every group is graced with its own unique characteristics, its own individual appeal.
So how does the first-time visitor to the Alps know which area to choose?
Maybe WALKING IN THE ALPS can help.
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