Assisi and St Clare

St Clare in the crypt

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, white and red wine in the […]

What were medieval Pilgrim's motivations and gear?

Medieval pilgrim's gear

Le Puy – Conques, Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac This was the fourth day of walking and we knew that tomorrow was a rest day. The walking had been challenging but not too tiring. A grateful pilgrim appreciates a good rest when it presents itself or is planned for. We left the efficient and pleasant […]

Le Puy to Conques: walking gear – pilgrim’s passport

Notre Dame at Le Puy

Le Puy, France ON the GR65: – The next day we had a lot to do. Waking early we left the hotel in the dark to attend the 7.00 am service which would include a pilgrims’ blessing. I felt a sense of adventure as we walked up Mount Corneille and into the centre of old […]

To Santiago

Pilgrims through the ages

For over a thousand years people have found their way to the Camino and followed it to Santiago de Compostela. The fascination with this medieval journey continues. Many who undertake it do not know why they feel drawn to it. I didn’t for a long time after. The main questions are: am I capable of […]