It’s November, 2019. Gail and I have been back in Winnipeg for six weeks. I’ve been occupied with a book project, just now completed. So it’s time to get back to our Via Francigena pilgrimage, starting where you last saw us.
I am jumping forward in time with this post from Day 17 of our Via Francigena pilgrimage.
This is the last day of our walk, at least for this season. With our arrival at the small and somewhat industrial town of Tergnier, we will move on by train to Laon, then Reims for an overnight stay and then to London via the Eurostar chunnel train for a few days before finally returning to Winnipeg.
Marbles les Mines
Bruay le Buissiere
La Piscine Art Déco
Cité des Électriciens
L’Estrée-Blanche miners’ housing
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre birthplace
La Ferme des 2 tilleuls
Clety Sunday Street Market
La Chapelle de Nielles les Thérouanne
L’Église Saint Martin
Thérouanne. Capital of the Belgian Moroni tribe (638). Wealthiest bishopric in Northern France. Finest Gothic cathedral in Northern France (12 C.). Entire city razed in 1553 by Spain’s Charles V in retaliation for a battle lost to the French. Nearby village of Saint-Martin-Outre-Eaux adopts Thérouanne as its new name (1800). Current population about 1,000.