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    Not really live from the VF, but still... Lucca to Rome August 2022

    I was fascinated to read this - it brought back a lot of memories! I rode my horse Leo from Canterbury to Rome in 2006... many tricky bits, but some quite amazing experiences. In Lucca I rode him all round the city on top of the wall. Here's a photo of us arriving in the Vatican (to find no...
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    Suggestions Please - Starting Point for VF?

    Strewth! Well, I won't be riding the Francès again any time soon! I did ride most of the Catalunya camino in 2012 with my son and his horse, and it was quite amazing. Had to stop at Lleida though because we only had about 3 weeks to do it. Maybe one of these days we'll go back to where we...
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    Suggestions Please - Starting Point for VF?

    I understand! I rode same horse from Canterbury to Santiago (on Camino Francès) in 2002, and even then it was horribly crowded towards the end and it was difficult to keep a sense of perspective, let alone achievement, although with hindsight it was indeed life changing. It was while riding...
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    Suggestions Please - Starting Point for VF?

    I rode my horse from Canterbury to Rome using the secondary route that avoids Switzerland, and we crossed over the Moncenisio pass straight into Italy. I dropped down to Susa and then joined the main route at Pontremoli via Torriglia. Starting at either of those would be about 800 kms from...
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    Poetry about the Camino

    Hello, I know the poem well, and it's one of my favourites. In case you're interested, I'll print below one that I wrote following my pilgrimage to Santiago on my horse from Canterbury Cathedral in 2002, which appears in the book I subsequently wrote: Faded tracks in long woods, Muddy...
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    Anyone taken a horse on the Camino?

    Very late reply as I've only just spotted this post! Yes, it's possible. My sister and I rode our own horses from Canterbury to Santiago de Compostela in 2002. It took us four and a half months, and was an extraordinary and life-changing experience. Mefo Phillips
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