Blue View - A Lesson in Bidets

Blue View - A Lesson in Bidets

While bidets are quite common in many parts of the world, especially here in Italy, they certainly aren’t seen much in the U.S. I’m a little embarassed to admit that not only have I never used one, I’m not even quite sure what the procedure is. A little internet research and I’m raring to give it a go…

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Blue View - Aches, Pains and the Flay Scale

 Blue View - Aches, Pains and the Flay Scale

After our first couple of days on the Via Francigena, we were a little stove up. Hips, knees, feet, backs and muscles in general were all complaining. Even after hot showers, a light dinner, copious amounts of wine and vitamin I (ibuprofen), we still had some restless nights. We may have been hurting, however, but we barely registered on our newly modified pain scale. Read on…

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Blue View - Setting Off on the Right Foot... er, Shoe

Blue View - Setting Off on the Right Foot... er, Shoe

My Merrell hiking shoes are just about done. The treads are okay, but the topsides have cracks and splits large enough to stick my finger through, and certainly aren't worth bringing with us on the Via Francigena. While they were quite comfortable, they didn't last nearly as long as I expected. In addition, after wearing them on the trail for a long day, my sweaty feet really generated some serious stink. After our 20+ days on the Thames path, they weren't allowed in the same room with us at the end of the day.

Marcie's Oboz are just as old and have at least as much mileage, but are still in pretty good shape. The problem with her shoes was that they were uncomfortable after 8-10 miles. Even worse, she was constantly plagued with blisters. Time for both of us to look for replacements. Off to REI to look for replacements…

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