This is the last walking day of our first stage of the Via Francigena. If the photos seem familiar, it is because we completed this day’s walk on September 24. I wanted to report the successful completion on that day even though I had only posted days 1 to 11 by that time. The missing days 12 to 15, along with a few rest days, have now been completed and posted. I’m now up-to-date.
To bring some closure, here is my earlier, slightly edited Day 16 post:
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.
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.