Richard and I are now back home. We are grateful for our experience on the Via Francigena and are appreciative of all of the support that we received along the way. A few commenters asked for a summary of our general observations, surprises, warnings, and suggestions. As conditions change rapidly, no two walks on the… Continue reading La Via Francigena – Reflections from Home
I may have previously mentioned that our travels on the Via Francigena were all about the daily journeys. As we are discovering, the destination is also pretty sweet! Day 1 When I left you last, Richard and I had just arrived in St. Peter’s Square. From there, we took a glorious taxi to our hotel,… Continue reading Via Francigena: Rome
After more planes and trains (and a PisaMover) we left Lincoln and began our Italian adventure. The Via Francigena is now so close that my legs have begun to ache in anticipation! PISA Despite the stern warning from our guidebook, we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the morning, without purchasing advanced tickets. Although… Continue reading Our Via Francigena Base Camp: Pisa
Next stop, England to visit our youngest son, Creighton. After that – Italy, here we come, ready or not! Please stay tuned.
The problem with walking the Camino Trail is that it gets a hold of you and won’t let go. In 2010, Richard and I walked our first Camino, 110 km from Tui, Portugal to Santiago de Compestella, Spain. In 2016, we walked another 110 km from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Najera, Spain.… Continue reading La Via Francigena – The Plan
Trail: Coombs-Parksville Railtrail Distance Walked: 15 km Walking Time: 3 h 9 m Difficulty: Very Easy When preparing to hike the Via Francigena last summer, Richard and I did a dress-rehearsal (inclusive of full backpack and Italian lunch) along the Coombs-Parksville Railtrail. It was one of the highlights of our VF training. So, it only… Continue reading Day 5: Coombs-Parksville Railtrail
It’s that time of year when Richard and I have often been walking a Camino Trail …or at least planning to do so (2010, 2016, 2017, 2019). During our recent sheltering in place, I longingly reviewed my Camino photos. Many of them tended to look like this: This got me thinking. We already had the… Continue reading Revising our Travel Bucket List: Vancouver Island North
Yesterday, I passed a series of shops that had beautiful window displays of sweaters, boots and wool hats. Why were winter items for sale in the middle of summer? Then I looked at my calendar. From a meteorological point of view, summer ends on September 1. Yikes, that is less than two weeks away! An… Continue reading Where, Oh Where, Has My Summer Gone??
Distance Walked: 19.1 km ++ Time Walking: 6 hours (including breaks) Temperature: 32C When we woke up this morning, it felt like Graduation Day. And in so many ways, it was. I threw out my (no longer) white LuLu Lemon long-sleeved shirt (that I know you were all sick of — me too)! I donned… Continue reading Day 24: La Storta to Rome
Distance Walked: 22km Time Walking: 7 hours (with 2 luxuriously long breaks) Out of our 18 days spent walking so far, today’s hike was unquestionably the most diverse and stunning. Majestic woods, a little church (as well as houses) made of tufa blocks, hazelnut plantations, Roman tombs, a medieval bell tower, the quaint village of… Continue reading Day 20: Vetralla to Sutri