VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Day 80

Day 80 Bolsena to Montefiascone:

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A lovely easy walk through forest and olive groves with Lake Bolsena to the west the entire span.
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Coming into Montefiascone there are tributes to a famous local wine Est! Est! Est! Supposedly a 12th Century German Bishop sent his prelate( wine scout) ahead to mark “Est” ( Latin for “there is” on doors with acceptable wine. The prelate liking the local wine here wrote Est! Est! Est! We of course had a bottle at lunch. Mika liked it more than me but I am a red man.🍷
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We spent a quiet night at Monasterio San Pietro enjoying three nuns. Wonderful big private room and quiet as we are the only pilgrims:
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One Old Italian nun in a wheel chair who through our difficult communications early on never stopped smiling.
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An Egyptian nun who threw our keys to us.

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Mika and Sister Maria Magdalena at dinner

But dinner was served by the ultra friendly Sister María Magdalena from Cuenca, Ecuador. One of those few people in a constant state of joy. At dinner time, she signalled me to come in and I was going to go upstairs to get Mika and she told me to wait and she started ringing a big bell furiously with a grin on her face. Then she walked to the stairs and sang out, “pelllliiiigrniiiiiiiiiii”. Can’t get her song out of my head now!😂

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Great cross at Monasterio San Pietro

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Exciting but bittersweet to be so close to Rome

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Olive Harvesting Time

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The Cathedral of Santa Margherita:
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Saint Flaviano Romanesque church in Montefiascone:
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Simple but delicious pilgrim food provided by Sister Maria Magdalena and other nuns at Monasterio San Pietro:
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Leaving Montefiascone:
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