Day 31 Aosta to Nus

The Aosta valley villages wove into each other on a cloud shaded day. A friendly Frenchman joined us for our first few kms beside the grape vines, through the forests and along a variety of paths, as the sun peaked out at us a few short times.
Last year we began our walk on the Via Francigena at the edge of the Aosta valley, and this is where the major part of our walking ends. […]

By |June 5th, 2017|

Day 30 Etroubles to Aosta

The long gentle downhill slopes continue along shady pine needle paths. Our pace is closely mimicked by a small canal streamed off to follow the same contours. This gentle slope allows a metre wide and deep waterway to feed the pastures below, and remains true to us on our small path for many kms.
Eventually we dip down from our 500 metre high valley edge through these watered pastures, their towering irrigation sprays offering us a […]

By |June 4th, 2017|

Day 29 Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard to Etroubles

It was not far off t-shirt weather, an Alps’ chill not able to compete with our brisk walking. Walking down now past some over-keen day explorers, who ran past us as cars swerved and jumped over safety barriers, reminded us once again to take care when it’s not our playground. Our two Aussie friends and us walked single file on a busy road as the immediate track was dangerously slippery.
Lisa, looking back, commented that she […]

By |June 3rd, 2017|

Day 28 Bourg-St-Pierre to Col du Grand-St-Bernard

A continual climb today from around 1400 metres to 2480 metres, through the heart of the Alps, hardly a need for signs anymore. The track is narrow but their are no points where walkers would have to decide on an alternative route.
A young Swiss woman with her guitar and two Australians – an eighty year old with his daughter – were the only others walking to the top. A very enthusiastic young Swiss girl, […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|

Day 27 Orsieres to Bourg-Saint-Pierre

Tumbling water greeted us as this huge stream from the myriad of mountains gathered in the valley beside us. It met us in the lower valleys as it pushed against its banks, slowly eating into them. Further up, streams joined from both sides adding to these raw sounds.
It was a long slowly rising slope for the first hour or two, but enough to add to the sweat from hovering cloud humidity, soon fanned by […]

By |June 1st, 2017|

Day 26 Martigny to Orsieres

Breakfast with 5 priests at our table and 6 at another was something I could never have imagined – how could this be? Firstly it is a pilgrimage although you would never know it from my blog, so churches are very supportive of the pilgrims; it is often where you meet other walkers and gather basic information about beds and food etc; and you are assured of a reasonable price. So there you are – […]

By |May 31st, 2017|

Day 25 St Maurice to Martigny

Our last day with Philip who has been great company and very easy to walk and stay with. He will catch a train in the morning to his home in Waalre, Holland, with hope that his daughter has watered the plants.
Further down this long valley, becoming narrower as the mountains became increasingly intimate, we began a gentle slope up for some time, something we hadn’t been doing for the last few days. Now it […]

By |May 30th, 2017|

Day 24 Villeneuve to St Maurice

Into a long valley with mountains on all sides, snow strips on the peaks, and down a little, the previously cut grasses now glistening after the recently vacated snow. The mountains coming closer each step as we start to recognise their intimate shapes and clothing. We walked along a km wide valley on a narrow bitumen ‘2 cars an hour road’ between flat grassy paddocks and slightly sloping vineyards.
Signs for the track are now […]

By |May 29th, 2017|

Day 23 Lausanne to Villeneuve

We walked two big days with the two metre Dutchman because the next day, today, we cross Lake Geneva in a very crowded boat. It was strange to not be walking and it felt like a day off until we got to our morning destination – Vevey.
The young girl in the tourist office had little knowledge of the Camino until we arrived. Now she knows that the ViaJakobsweg that we’ve been on until today, […]

By |May 28th, 2017|

Day 22 Moudon to Lausanne

People were everywhere in the streets of this old Swiss village. It’s Saturday market day and all ages are setting up stalls from the valley of the village, winding up like a stretched ‘s’ and then flattening out for a long way at the top. We had a very long day ahead so we can’t report on the finished product.
An older couple were moving out, we know our Swiss friends are sleeping in, so […]

By |May 27th, 2017|