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A classic Lake Leman steamer.

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 beaming in the sky, we walked […]

Via Francigena: Martigny to Orsieres

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley Via Francigena: Martigny, Switzerland. After a filling breakfast we donned our packs and walked out into the wet, overcast weather which was rather pleasant after the past few hot days. We arrived at a park where there was a fork in the track. Decisions. Decisions. One track zig-zagged […]

St Bernard Pass – gateway throughout the ages

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From Martigny in Switzerland (along the Via Francigena) we struggled over the hardy obstacle of a mountain ridge. Because a flood two weeks before had washed away the walking track and the railway track – both of which followed the river. We had planned to walk from Martigny to Orsieres that day, mostly along the Dranse […]

To visit a castle – sometimes take a bus

Chamber below Chillon Castle

What a lavish breakfast at Hotel Helvetie in Montreaux, Switzerland. We were journeying along the ancient Via Francigena, the path that stretches all the way from Canterbury to Rome. After breakfast we decided to take the local bus four kilometers to Chillon Castle which lay on the lake’s (Leman) edge and came face to face with hundreds of other tourists who […]