Blue View – Gear List for the Via Francigena

Blue View – Gear List for the Via Francigena

We learned a great deal about our gear needs from our trek along the Thames last fall. This time around we did a better job selecting our gear, but by the time we finished the Via Francigena, we still came up with a number of things we’ll do differently next time…

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Blue View - All Quiet on the Western Front

Blue View - All Quiet on the Western Front

In our walk through France, we've passed through perhaps a few hundred villages and towns, and virtually all have monuments honoring the fallen in WWI, most with the inscription "For our children who have died for their country". A large part of the 'war to end all wars' was fought on French soil, and when it was finally over, much of the country lay in ruins and more than a million French soldiers had perished. At first we saw town cemeteries that had a few dozen white crosses for the graves of the war dead, then the local cemeteries included the graves of fifty or a hundred or more, and now in the north where some of the heaviest fighting took place, we see a great many military graveyards with the crosses for hundreds and even thousands of fallen soldiers…

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