The Cotswold Way Walk – Our Walking Experience

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Our First Time Walking the Cotswold Way and What We Thought of it: When our plans to spend time with friends in London changed at the last minute, Tony booked us a Cotswold Way walk to fill in our travel gap. The full Cotswold Way Walk is a 164 km long national trail that runs between the … [Read more...]

Coast to Coast, UK, Grasmere-Patterdale 1

We were on the Coast to Coast walk across northern England and had overnighted at Grasmere in the Lake District. The fifth day: Our fellow breakfasters were an American couple who had walked the Coast to Coast path three years ago. Every year they return to Grasmere for a couple of weeks to indulge … [Read more...]

Assisi and St Clare

A brief detour from the Via Francigena, the 2000 km pilgrim path which joins Canterbury to Rome. We had arrived in Assisi, the home of St Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and checked into St Anthony’s Guest House. St. Anthony’s was well designed for pilgrims and travelers; a coffee machine, … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 3

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. We were visiting Dove Cottage, one of Wordworth's home. Read on: Around this time the five Wordsworth children were born in the Lake District and the second eldest, William was to leave an indelible mark on … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 2

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. The story continues: After this pleasant interlude at Greenup Edge, there was further to go. The ridge walk continued alongside Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. From here another surreal view presented … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 1

St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay - To Grasmere Part 1: We had overnighted at the wonderful small village of Stonethwaite in England's Lake District. This was day four of a seventeen day walk from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. For any of you who want to do this walk, … [Read more...]

The second most visited church in Italy

Assisi's Basilica San Francesco: We had been walking around the fabulous ancient hill-top town of Assisi as part of our journey along the Via Francigena. We followed the cobble-stoned road up to Piazza S. Francesco and entered the Lower Church of the Basilica San Francesco, the numero uno … [Read more...]

Travel Europe – meet a guidebook writer & Charlie Chaplin

Lausanne, Switzerland. On the Via Francigena When on the Via Francigena, there are precious few opportunities that come your way in regards to being ferried about instead of walking. Such an opportunity arose in travelling from Lausanne to Vevey - by ferry. In the morning, with the bright sun … [Read more...]