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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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What to pack

Rucksack  When I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2013 I purchased all of my supplies at the wonderful Decathalon in Rome.  Having never walked long-distance before my decisions were ruled mostly in consideration of my wallet.  I selected a … Continue reading

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Planning the Journey – encountering an ancient obstacle

After many months planning a walk on the Via Francigena, the actual walking of it seems relatively simple.   I first started seriously researching the ins and outs of this route five months ago, and now with two weeks before departure … Continue reading

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What is The Via Francigena?

The Via Francigena – an introduction The Via Francigena is a pilgrimage route that connects Canterbury to Rome.  If you are coming to this blog never having heard of The Via Francigena, you would not count among the minority.  In … Continue reading

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