Monthly Archives: July 2010

Piligrimin’s rest

After two weeks on the road, I arrived very tired at Antigny two days ago and have been resting since. It has seemed the whole year, ever since January when I arrived back in Canterbury from Rome (via three months … Continue reading

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St-Jacques in Chatellerault

The wooden statue of Saint-Jacques in the church of the same name in Chatellerault is one of the most beautiful images on this Catholic pilgrimage route.  It is relatively modern, made in the 17th century, and bears witness to this … Continue reading

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Feast of Saint James, 25th July

I have just arrived in Tours.  That is the end of the slow progress, stopping every few hundred metres to make notes while describing the Route des Anglais. Here in Tours I join the Via Turonensis and speed up now, simply … Continue reading

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Way-marking for rabit piligrimins

At last, this Route des Anglais has proper way-marking – or balisage as they say here – to guide rabit piligrimins on their way.  Your pioneering rabit is now following the green rabit route through the region, but why does … Continue reading

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Bonneval – Cloyes

Today has been a mixed experience, with plenty of hair-raising off-road cycling. Rabit piligrimin flying downhill on his velociraptor, on dirt tracks through forests, bouncing over tree roots, negotiating rocky rutted tracks, and trying to avoid ending up in a … Continue reading

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Chartres – Bonneval

Les Amis de Saint-Jacques in Chartres have produced a new version of their guide to the Route des Anglais, and I am trialing it today.  As with their previous guide it contains various confusing and ambiguous instructions, but it serves … Continue reading

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Rouen – Chartres

Lunch stop yesterday by the River Eure near Louviers, and now that I can afford to eat, it was a proper celebration lunch stop: I splashed out one and a half Euros on a bottle of rough vin rouge and … Continue reading

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