Well..hi there to everyone!
Another amazing day has evaporated….with so much to tell you and so little time : ) It’s now 10.35 pm here in France…so I’ll try and tell you as much as I can of our day before my eyelids begin to droop.
This morning we farewelled Jill. A sad occasion..she is a lot of fun, gorgeous and very perceptive but unfortunately for her, she physically….only due to her feet : ( and possibly mentally was not prepared for such a journey as this. As you know, she only had a short few weeks to prepare before she left Australia. I think to attempt the VF, it’s a huge advantage to do shorter long distance walks…such as the Camino, where you get a good understanding of the expenditure needed in a pilgrimage such as ours.
Jo and I set off a little later than we would have preferred ….after catching a taxi to the outskirts of Reims. We made this decision, after looking at the accommodation options…and again came up with very little. Today we walked a whopping 35kms but we arrived in Chalons-en-Champagne, where we had booked beds for the night, feeling very tired, elated and with a general air of great accomplishment.
It was such a wonderful walk today…and again special things happened : )
As you know we are now in the Champagne district in France…incredibly, I think we have now traversed about 400 kms of the VF!
The way this morning was stunning…now we are seeing rows upon rows of vines..all meticulously pruned and tended.
I guess the absolute highlight of our journey today was walking roughly 16 kms along one of Frances amazing canal systems. It was very beautiful, tranquil and although it was a long continuous path, laid out in front of us…there was so much to see and take in.
I’m about to show you a few photos of our walk…as indeed now, my eyelids have just about dropped : ) however, I want to tell you first, about today’s highlight.
Jo and I were tramping along the canal path together, when in the distance, we noticed a barge, slowly floating down the canal in our direction. Jo is very keen to learn as much as she can of the canal life, as next year, she hopes to do a similar trip in Burgundy with her husband, to celebrate his birthday. The barge came into view and as it was about to pass I noticed it had an Australian flag , jauntily waving. We both yelled out…. ‘how ya going mate’ and we had a very, very brief but enjoyable Aussie response from the couple on board. The most amazing and absolutely delightful thing about all this is.. I arrived back at my hotel tonight after dinner and found a comment left on this blog from the couple on board the barge..Jo and Peter….who had recognised us as Aussies…most obviously: ) but somehow they had found my blog?? Totally unbelievable! : )
A few photos.. A condensed blog tonight..but I can do no more as I’m depleted : )
Bedtime for me! 12am here and I need to hop onto bed : ) Today was such a wonderful day for both of us… Many more to come.