Author Archives: Julia

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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Switzerland – experiencing the challenges and rewards of the Via Francigena

Day 30: Mouthier-Haute-Pierre to Pontarlier (24 km) When I woke up in Moutheir-Haute-Pierre it was not raining as the weather forecast had threatened it would be.  It was Sunday and as the shop had been closed the day before this … Continue reading

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First University of Kent Rome Centre Alums on the Road to Rome

Porte Noir, Besancon   Day 25: Les Archots to Champlitte (25 km) At 7 am I knocked on the door of my host in Les Archots for breakfast.  I immediately spied a well-laid table with two baguettes fresh from the … Continue reading

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Week 3 on the Via Francigena

 Head of Mars, found in Langres. 2-3rd century (Roman)   Day 19: Le Meix-Tiercelin to Brienne le Chateau (33 km) I woke up with the sun the next day as I had fallen asleep not long after 8 pm.  I … Continue reading

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Champagne and Hospitality

Day 14: Corbeny to St. Thierry The smell of a promising breakfast welcomed me as I opened the door to my room at Le Chemin des Dames in Corbeny.  Walking into the breakfast room downstairs I was not disappointed as … Continue reading

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Walking through Picardy on the Via Francigena

Day 8: Arras to Guedecourt (31 km) My day off in Arras had spoiled me a bit.  The prospect of walking 31 km the day after seemed quite daunting when I woke up at 7am.  Even the knowledge that I … Continue reading

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First week on the Via Francigena

I cannot believe that I’ve been on the Via Francigena for 14 days already.  Each day has had its own challenges, but looking back, the time seems to have gone by so quickly.  I had hoped to post on this … Continue reading

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