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Redemption on the Via Francigena

Walking the Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome was one of the highlights of my trip.

Less well known and less well signed than the Spanish Camino, to walk the Via Francigena is a much quieter and solitary journey. Even on a quiet pilgrimage though, you can feel the spirits of the pilgrims who have walked before you.

Their spirits are especially palpable when they leave notes for you:

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I spotted this sign just outside Capranica.

…and this follow-up a kilometre later.

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The Via Francigena…It changes people.

Home

Three months and three continents later, I’m back home in wintery Melbourne. Despite the icy cold winds after three months of sunshine (with San Francisco being a notable exception) it is so good to be home!

Just a few trip highlights before the comprehensive travel reporting begins:

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New friends in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

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The canals of Kolam, Kerala, India

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Temple celebration, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

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Early morning Zurich, Switzerland

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The first and last time I will try natto (fermented soybeans), Frankfurt, Germany

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Villa Lante, Viterbo, Italy

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Lost…somewhere in Italy

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Following the signs to Rome (on the Via Francigena), Italy

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Statue outside a hospital in Rome, Italy

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Estruscan ruin on the Via Francigena, Italy

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Villa Monastero, Varenna on Lake Como, Italy

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Australians represent. Clare Bowditch at World Domination Summit, Portland, USA

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Reunion in Chicago!

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Campfire on the beach, Lake Michigan, Michigan, USA

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New York by tall ship

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Walden Pond, Concord, MA, USA

 

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

Hiking San Francisco

Hiking San Francisco, CA, USA

What a glorious trip! Looking through the photos makes me excited all over again. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

 

 

Via Francigena – it’s official

MJ and I are now recognised by the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome, bringing us ever closer to our pilgrimage in June.

Should you find yourself in the business of walking the Via Francigena, I strongly recommend joining the Confraternity. Apart from how edifying it is to be a member of a confraternity, the accommodation list provided to members is worth its weight in gold.

CPR CERTIFICATE Sarah and Mary Jo

Itinerary!

Itinerary

In a couple of weeks I’m embarking on a three-month trip and I’ve finally got the semblance of an itinerary! Still plenty of gaps to be filled along the way. Recommendations most welcome!

Melbourne → India (Kerala, Mumbai, Delhi) → Zurich → Frankfurt→ Italy (Rome, Via Francigena) → US (Portland – World Domination Summit, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco) → Melbourne

Starlings and hearts on Jess’s honeymoon

Jess took photos of starlings on her honeymoon in Italy a few years ago. Take a look at the second photo. I think you’ll agree it was very appropriate.

I think these photos would even impress Richard Barnes.