My first day

I spent the my first night in the nicely done up if somewhat chilly hostel at Montale, a few kilometres to the east Piacenza on the way  to Rome. It’s spread over a number of floors and includes a kitchen and laundry. It retrospect, it was one of the best hostels I stayed at. I was all by myself ! There’s a private entrance into the adjacent church. You need to pick up the key at the parish office at Via Emilia 71 on the way past.

http://www.parrocchiasanlazzaropiacenza.com/ostello-san-pietro-sulla-via-francigena/

After leaving the hostel, there was some scary walking along the very busy Via Emilia  with only narrow shoulders for some kilometers as well as some very pleasant country roads.

I also had a couple of creeks to ford and the water was very chilly. My feet felt a bit funny walking for a while after , maybe it did something to the nerves . I ended up loosing a layer of skin from my feet a week later.

  

It’s interesting to think of the crowds of tourists when we were in Venice last  week  after a day of roads with almost no one around. Where I had my picnic lunch there wasn’t  a soul to be seen

Tonight I ran into my first other pilgrim from France who tells me I’m the first other pilgrim he’s seen in a week.

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4 thoughts on “My first day”

  1. Paul, I will look forward to reading your updates. I traced your walk on a map and it looks challenging and amazing. I hope the weather is kind to you

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