Walking to Rome: Via Francigena Day 14

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Bapaume

Beaulencourt British Commonwealth Cemetery

Thilloy Road Commonwealth Cemetery

Manchester Commonwealth Cemetery

Église Saint-Pierre, Villers au Flos

Église catholique Notre-Dame de Rocquigny, architect Jean-Louis Sourdeau, 1929-32

Necropole Nationale, Moislains

Église Paroissiale, Moislains, architect Louis Faille, 1928-32

Canal du Nord

Australian Remembrance Trail of the Battle of Mont-Saint-Quentin

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Walking to Rome: Via Francigena Day 13

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The Via Francigena may have originated as a religious pilgrimage dating back to the 900s (if not earlier). But here, today, as Gail and I walk through the rolling farmland of northern France, we are reminded over and over again that the line we follow is as much informed by the Great War as it is by religion.

Yes, there are the small villages dominated by tall-spired churches. But even these carry the weight of war.  Continue reading