So I'll be spending my Fall semester in Bordeaux, allegedly with a lot of long weekends to travel and hopefully to backpack around. Probably not enough free time for week long trips though. I haven't been to Europe at all since childhood, and most of my hiking has been around the Indiana/Kentucky area. Does anyone have any resources on backpacking around that area, or in France in general? It seems like 90% of the results on google are just about being a tourist in France. I should be able to catch a train to different parts of the country pretty easily, so I'm not necessarily looking for anything Bordeaux specific.
If anyone has personal experience doing this in France I'd be very interested too if you want to post about it or PM me. A lot of my friends and family have been, but they mostly have info on stuff to see in the cities, not so much when it comes to backcountry.
As far gear goes, I had planned on just bringing my backpack and picking up most things I need once I get there. Really the only thing I would carry with me that I otherwise wouldn't is just more clothes than usual (since I'll be there for a semester) and a laptop. Wikipedia says the historical highs/lows are a lot more moderate than Louisville's so that should help lighten up some. Hopefully the flat has a place to hang my hammock from as well.