It was a sunny day for Jenny’s last day walking with us. Our destination is Aosta from where she will take several trains over 10 hours on Sunday to arrive in Paris late afternoon.
At times early in the day our path was cool and shaded, but it didn’t take long for the temperature to increase to 23 degrees! How different to the temperature on the Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard!
The path of today was elevated, wide and shady – an easy surface to walk on.
The scenery remains superb!
We found these stunning wildflowers beside today’s path.
The hills are alive with Jenny singing songs from the ‘Sound of Music’.
The small villages in the Aosta Valley all have churches – and so far all have been in good repair.
The Cure’s residence is next door to his church and looking through its gateway we see it has a most wonderful outlook and garden.
This village’s population suffered terribly through the Plague and following that it’s been commemorated regularly by the parishioners as told through this information sheet.
Saturday’s lunch stop was this cafe. Some sort of exotic Italian car club met for drinks at the upper floor- all had driven up the Alps in their magnificent machines such as these 2 Jaguars in British racing green.
This young lad and his sister prepared this welcome poster for all the Via Francigena walkers who will pass this way in the summer months ahead.
This friendly Italian family were gardening and engaged us in conversation about their mountain life, gardening, walking and Australia. We enjoyed exchanging ideas with the family – even while knowing our paths will not cross again. Random acts of kindness??