VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Day 22

Donnement to Unienville:

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I woke early at 5:30 so filled up my thermos with hot tea and walked outside the garage and set up a small table and sat for an hour watching the sky turn blue, orange, yellow, and red.

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Michel joined me at 6:00 and Mika shortly after.

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Beautiful start to the day.

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We continued south on the historical path passing through the official Via Francigena twice before reaching it again at Brienne-le-Château, home to the military academy attended by Napolean.

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Field workers just after sunrise

We reached the small village of Unienville just after 2 and two wonderful ladies, Florence and Peggy, were waiting for us sitting outside across from the church of Saint Symphorien.

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They walked us a block to the village Gite for pilgrims.

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The first stay that was similar to a Camino albergue. Of course in the time of Covid we are the only pilgrims this night. They mentioned they have only had a dozen or so pilgrims this year.

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We had the place to ourselves. The dormitory had big beds with real cotton sheets and luxurious top sheets.

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A cold bottle of fresh refreshing apple juice. Peggy came by later with 6 eggs from her chicken coop and a still warm homemade plum pie for two and a handwritten card from the village hoping we have a pleasant stay.
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The gas was empty so Florence had her husband on it immediately and had a new canister installed before dinner.

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The cost was €12.60 per person so incredibly cheap for France. One more wonderful welcome and stay. Beautiful! 29K — in Unienville.

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Florence and Peggy showing me the route for the morning

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