Dingle Peninsula – Europe's most westerly point

It’s raining, the streets look like a movie set. I've just arrived in Dingle, Ireland where I've been youth hostelling. Hurrying along to O’Sullivan’s Hostel, I meet Christopher, who had missed the bus, but managed to cadge a lift here. Inside the hostel, now out of the rain we meet brothers Rick … [Read more...]

Passion Relics from Jerusalem

 Via Francigena: Rome: Refreshed after a Roman lunch, we continued to Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme). The church was high on every pilgrim’s itinerary and its present name was given to it during medieval times. In 325 an old Roman palace was consecrated as a church to house the … [Read more...]

Puenta La reina, the Templars and the Camino

Puente la Reina- Camino: This town is an important spot because it divides the distance between Pamplona and Estella, making this section of the journey more manageable. Around 1000AD, growing numbers of pilgrims prompted the building of the town’s magnificent bridge. Puente la Reina means ‘Bridge … [Read more...]

Via Francigena – Canterbury Cathedral

Pilgrims outside Canterbury CathedralBeginning the Via Francigena: Although still 1900 kilometers from Rome, the legacy of the ancient Romans was not hard to find in Canterbury especially if you visited the Roman Museum in Butchery Lane which encourages visitors to explore the subterranean remains … [Read more...]

Via Francigena – Rome – secret view

One of the best viewing placesWe were in Siena on the Via Francigena heading towards Rome. Hungry after the day’s activities, we enjoyed dinner in the hotel’s restaurant where we met Nick and Izaskum. . They had just returned from Rome and Nick suggested, that when we got to Rome, to walk up the … [Read more...]

Coast to Coast Walk – Nine Standards

We were on the Coast to Coast Walk and had just left Kirkby Stephen. Occasionally, we glimpsed a group of tall cairns known as the Nine Standards. No-one really knows who built them or for what reason, but one story is that they were placed on this Pennine ridge to give the marauding Scots the … [Read more...]