Canterbury to Rome to Assisi Day 101:
It seems sometimes that Caminos have a spirit of their own and walking from my hotel the 4k to the train station I saw the familiar comforting blue and yellow markings of Via Francesco realizing he is not done with me nor I with my pilgrimage.
Arriving at the train station with a half hour to spare I continued on to Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli and inside is a small chapel, The Porziuncola, which was given to St. Francis in 1211 and here he started the Franciscan movement. Again it is eerily quiet except for a few Franciscan monks.
Walking out I was ready to let go of my companion and friend; my walking stick. I found it or perhaps it found me one hour into the West Highland Way in Scotland which Mika and I did as a tune up before Via Francigena 3 months ago.
On the train heading back to Rome, as always a bittersweet ending to a pilgrimage. Via Francesco touched me in a powerful way. The beautiful gentle spirit of Francis pervaded this pilgrimage all along the Way. Someday I will return and walk from Florence to Assisi. Though now Covid has raised its ugly head and walking is no longer possible. Why not head to the island of Mallorca, I heard there was a new Camino de Santiago there.