VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Days 25-26

Day 25 Blessonville to Marac 24K

Day 26 Marac to Torcenay 31K

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From Blessonville we walked on historical route road 8k to Richebourg and then veered right into a forest on the VF for a nice walk to Mormant and Templar abbey.

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Final stretch is historical route which closes with another forest walk and then a 2k stretch on a road into Marac where Mika was welcomed by some friendly locals.
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The hospitality we received from the kind and friendly host Elisabeth was over the top.

Mika with Elisabeth

She provided cold drinks, tea and 3 wonderful meals in her cozy home. And great conversation. I normally don’t post pictures of an entire meal but this is a good example of a wonderful 4 course French country supper.

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This wine was excellent. Of course after walking 30K everything is good

She provided cold drinks, tea and 3 wonderful meals in her cozy home. I normally don’t post pictures of an entire meal but this is an example of a wonderful 4 course French country supper.

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Beef Bourgogne

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Pear pie from the fruit tree in Elisabeth’s yard

She also helped us with reservations ahead for two days. A real friend of the pilgrims. We walked to the local church.
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Elisabeth took us with key to old castle tower, an abode for 3,000 pigeons to lay eggs in medieval times.
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The slots are for pigeon nesting spots

The walk the following day to Torcenay took us through the hilltop city of Langres with one more beautiful cathedral.
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Then a long stretch following VF to canal.
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Then veering south using Maps.me going through Chatenay-Macheron to Torcenay where we were welcomed by Sylvie and her husband Jean-Louis for another delightful homestay with a delicious dinner.
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Sylvie’s Quiche Lorraine. Yum!

— in Torcenay, Champagne-Ardenne, France.

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