Monday, May 2, 2016

Blessing

 Canon Clare stamped our passports then read a poem and prayed our blessing for a safe pilgrimage. This was done in the crypt. Kinda creepy in the crypt. Yet inspiring. She touched my forehead in blessing. Very sincere, friendly, and kind woman.     Nice.. Canon Clare's prayer.

 

Ground zero- the marker denoting the start of VF

 
 First pint at the Shakespeare Pub. Met some locals and had good craic for a few hours  On our way from Canterbury to Dover. GC's brother Chris joined us for a quick 20 mi jaunt on an overcast and almost chilly day. I was in shorts. We hiked thru fields of yellow blooms like this. It's called Rape (we call it Canola). Dover castle White cliffs of Dover from the ferry  France! Can't imagine how all those brave soldiers felt on D-Day. I lost an uncle in France in WWII, my father was there as well.๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ  Practicing the selfie as we near France Windy  Ready to get on ferry across the channel. Sorry not everything is chrono Mussel puff pastry soup. Light and tasty Profiteroles and chocolate. There was an entree in between but not worth a photo.

FIRST DAY IN ENGLAND

   Arrival in Canterbury. Train into London. Two underground changes. Two train changes. GC knows how to get around. It's a bank holiday tomorrow so it's festival day here.
Gates to the city in the background.
 Back packs add 30 lbs Name of my room View of Canterbury Cathedral from my room Went to Evensong choral service in the small part of the church. Choir was amazing. Organ very heavy and dark.
Guy next to me was from Williamsport.
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Arrival At Heathrow

Arrival at Heathrow 4am my time, 9am local. Traditional English breakfast with Heinz beans(menu bragging). And lots of hot tea. Mr Collier is late again, hope this is not a trend. I'm gonna have to crack the whip. Maybe have him carry my pack the first week๐Ÿ˜Ž

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Passport ordered from Rome. It gets stamped everywhere you stop on the Via Francigena to show you actually traveled it. Then at the Vatican you receive your "Testimonium". And, of course, total enlightenment....which is nice. 

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