VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Days 54-55

Days 54-55 Pavia to Fiorenzoula D’Arda:
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Came to realize we were getting tight on time as Mika has Schengen Zone limitations.
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The ex mayor Pierluigi is a strong supporter of the Pilgrimage and the Pilgrims making sure we had accommodations in town.
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And the walking from the River Po ferry to Piacenza was all road walking on flat pavement.
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And the scenery wasn’t too exciting.
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Seemed like an ideal time to jump on a bus and train and get closer to the hills. We hope to go at an easier pace in Tuscany and have some time to enjoy Rome.
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In Fiorenzoula we stayed at the Mathis Hotel and were paid a visit by Emanuele from Bobbio an hour or so away. He and I met a few times in 2014 on the Everest Basecamp and 3 Passes Trek. Kept in touch and had a nice visit. Our third visit with old friends along the VF.
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The Mathis Hotel’s restaurant has a Michelin rating and they offered a reasonably priced pilgrims dinner including two local dishes; Parmesan Risotto followed by Braseola with Parmesan. Both excellent.
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And we were delighted to see Gordon at the hotel, a pilgrim forom Germany that we had last seen at breakfast at Saint Maurice Abbey in Switzerland.
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