The Via Francigena is a pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. It is based on a journey made by Archbishop Sigeric in 990 AD when he went to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope. On his return journey he wrote a diary recording the 79 places where he rested. Today, these places form... Continue Reading →
Carol: The Accidental Pilgrim
The Via Francigena Carol had always wondered what it would be like to be a pilgrim walking the ancient medieval Via Francigena pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. So, this is a story about how she accidentally became a pilgrim when she decided to visit Romainmôtier Abbey in Switzerland. But, her primary motive for the... Continue Reading →
Basel Fasnacht – Three Day Carnival!
The Basel Fasnacht, three crazy Carnival days in Basel, drew to its close at 4 am this morning, as I write! Let the Basel Fasnacht begin! Basel in Switzerland has a three day Mardi Gras known as the Basel Fasnacht! The idea of a three Carnival really fuelled my imagination! So, I headed to Basel... Continue Reading →
Let’s Have Lunch in Aosta, Italy!
'Let's have lunch in Aosta, Italy!' We were a bit surprised when our son-in-law, Gareth, made this suggestion at 11 am one chilly morning in November. 'That's a long way to go for lunch!', we exclaimed. 'It's only a one hour drive away, plenty of time!', said Gareth. Now this is a classic example of... Continue Reading →
‘Lick the Plate’ Moments
Accidentally Cultured is a notoriously bad cook! His cooking specialty is the 'removal of flavour'. But when it comes to eating, he is an expert! I should have taken note of early courting day warnings. This was the 'hippy' era and he sported a goatee beard accompanied by long hair and headband. One particular day,... Continue Reading →
Gruyère cheese anyone?
"I refuse to eat that Gruyère cheese!' In other words, Accidentally Cultured (AC for short) will only eat Australian Bega cheese. This was his constant complaint all the way from Le Châble to Gruyères, along with, "I'm going to freeze my balls off!" or "I want my thermal underwear!" I'm not sure which he feared the most,... Continue Reading →
Mont Blanc – Not On My Radar
Driving to Mont Blanc Today was the first snow fall of the season! The road from Martigny in Switzerland to Mont Blanc in France was mesmerising. The entire landscape was coated in soft, glowing white sun-lit powder. It was sheer magic! 'Gareth, I really want to go up there in the cable car!' I... Continue Reading →