VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Day 30

Montboillon to Chapelle des Buis:
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Stopped in Besançon to take in some very impressive Roman ruins and the Cathedral St. Jean as well as a tour of Victor Hugo’s house.

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Cathedral St. Jean

About 3:00 we headed up mountain which was a great feeling after 30 days of mostly flatlands to Chapelle des Buis, a Franciscan monk center.

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Monks Nicolas and Max were late but we were welcomed with tea and cookies and the expected simple but adequate rooms of Franciscan monks.

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Notre Dame Liberation Monument on Mountain top

We attended an intimate vespers session at 6:45 in chapelle.
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Another view of Notre Dame Liberation Monument

Just the two monks and 2 pilgrims. Enjoyed sitting with the monks at dinner and Nicolas kindly shared some fresh tomatoes.

This was a place I would like to return to for a few days.

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Walking out of Besancourt
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Cathedral St. Jean

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Cathedral St. Jean
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Beautiful mural of the Last Supper in Cathedral
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Sunset from Franciscan Chapelle des Buis

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