Author Archives: Julia

First annual charity walk ‘Take a step for children’ was a great success!

The first annual charity walk on the UK section of the VF, Canterbury to Dover, held on 16 April, was a great success.   I have never organised an event like this before and was very lucky to have received … Continue reading

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Rome!

Day 74: Montefiascone to Viterbo (18 km) From the windows of the Benedictine Convent in Montefiascone we woke to find the hilltop bathed in brilliant sunshine, but the valley below entirely obscured by a thick mist stretching as far as … Continue reading

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Discovering Lazio

Day 69: Siena to Buonconvento (32 km) In Siena I woke up reluctantly, having managed to get only four hours of sleep.  The rock concert that had finished only at 2.30am I discovered had been loudest in the back of … Continue reading

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Bella Toscana!

  Day 62: Massa to Camaiore (23 km) The sun streaming through the window and the cool sea breeze drifting in woke Eimear and me quite early.  The camp-beds were also not so comfortable as to tempt us to be … Continue reading

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Finding the Origins of the City of Marble

Day 58: Passo della Cisa to Pontremoli (21 km) Eimear, Emily and I awoke in our cosy dormroom in the Ostello della Cisa, a building of the Napoleonic era, to find a thick mist pressing against the windows.  We crawled … Continue reading

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Into the Wild on the Via Francigena

Day 55: Fiorenzuolo to Medesano (39 km) During the 55 days on the Via Francigena there had only been a few days where it had been necessary to walk more than 30 km in one day.  Each of those days … Continue reading

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Discovering the Many Ways to Rome

Day 51: Pavia to Santa Cristina (27.5 km) It was Eimear’s first day on the Via Francigena and we were walking from Pavia to Santa Cristina, a small town in Lombardy.  My Cicerone guidebook stated the distance was 25 km, … Continue reading

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Rice fields, lakes, rivers and fountains – acqua on the Via Francigena

Day 45: Borgofranco D’Ivrea to Piverone (28 km) I had breakfast with Anna Maria and her family at B & B Musica in Borgofranco D’Ivrea before setting off to Piverone where Anna Maria had called ahead to reserve a place … Continue reading

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La Via Francigena in Italia

Day 41: Bourg Saint Pierre to Aosta On the 41st day on the Via Francigena I woke to a misty cold morning in Bourg Saint Pierre.  The bus to Aosta arrived at 9.15 am and so at 9am I went … Continue reading

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The Great Saint Bernard Pass

Day 37: Saint Maurice to Martigny (18 km) I knew before I opened my eyes that it was windy and rainy.  I could still hear the banners outside the window of my room flapping wildly in the wind.  I was … Continue reading

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