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Via Francigena and Besançcon
In 990 AD, Bysiceon was Archbishop Sigeric’s 59th (LIX) place of rest on his return journey from Rome to Canterbury. Throughout history Bysiceon has played a strategic role in the Via Francigena, otherwise known as the road through France. For millenia, many pilgrims, soldiers and merchants have trod this famous path. And, in today’s world,...
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Acquapendente Pugnaloni
This week I would have been packing my suitcase ready to fly to Rome for the Acquapendente Pugnaloni Festival. Instead of the excitement of the real event I sit at home sharing my reflections of past festivals. So, why am I so disappointed about missing out on the Pugnaloni? The History The Acquapendente Pugnaloni Festival...
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Piazzale Michelangelo
Carol the Pilgrim heads to Florence Carol the Pilgrim was heading back to Switzerland after her Via Francigena adventures in Tuscany. A weird mix of events led her to become ‘Lost in Florence at Midnight’. It all began with the train trip from Orvieto to Florence. It was one of those usual delays where the...
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Via Francigena in Bolsena
‘Signora! Signora! Basta! No! No!’ Carol the Pilgrim was very pleased to be a part of the Via Francigena and the Bolsena Eucharistic Miracle. But, the truth is she had sinned! Despite her very best efforts, her clumsy foot managed to dislodge several flowers from under the arm pit of the sleeping Santa Cristina. As...
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The Via Francigena in Switzerland Switzerland took hold of my life many years ago! Ever since, it has held me captive! I love the Alps, the Lakes, the Valleys, the Castles and Cathedrals, and all of its history and culture. But what I love most is the feeling of leaving the busy world behind and...
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