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Seasons Greeetings, everyone!

BobM

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V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
Best wishes for the festive season and for 2017 to all of us who have walked the Via Francigena, and to those who hope to do so in 2017.:)

My thoughts are with you all.

BTW, those of you who have used Paul Chinn and Babette Gallard's guidebooks to the VF might be interested to know that they are currently (Dec 16) working in Tanzania as volunteer project managers for a new charity maternity hospital just outside Arusha. You can read a little bit about it here www.maternityafrica.org. I am sure they would love to receive Christmas messages.

Bob M

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Doogman

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Thanks Bob, and Season's Greetings to you as well. I will be walking the Canterbury to Arras section of the VF in July 2017. I am looking forward to it. All the best for 2017!
 

Peter Fransiscus

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Thank you Bob , from Holland I also wish you all the best for 2017 .
 

BobM

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Camino(s) past & future
V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
I will be walking the Canterbury to Arras section of the VF in July 2017. I am looking forward to it. All the best for 2017!

That is a very interesting section, especially if you are interested in the WW1 battlefields. Arras is a good place to stop because the town itself is interesting and it is a good base for battlefield tours after your walk.

I wrote a topic in this forum on that section, but I can't locate it quickly. If you search the forum for "bobm" or "bob m" and have the patience to trawl through my posts you may be able to locate it.

Anyway, I wrote up some general comments that might be useful at:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...-canterbury-besancon-section-of-the-vf.15178/

BTW, remember that July can be very hot in France, so think about water. Churches with cemeteries will always have water laid on, and I made use of it a number of times.

The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome at http://www.pilgrimstorome.org.uk/ is an excellent source of help if you have not already discovered it, especially for their accommodation list.

The two best English language guides are Alison Raju's books and Paul Chinn/Babette Gallard's books. They are quite different in style; so check both out before buying.

Good luck with your walk. If I can help further, let me know.

Bob M
 
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Doogman

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Hi Bob:

Thanks for your message and for your offer of help. Greatly appreciated!

I posted a thread about this section a few months ago and @mspath kindly provided a link to your post with your general comments. That was very useful, as I have found there is not much info on the northern end of the VF. When I have a few minutes over the holidays later this month I will look for the other post that you mention. Any and all information is wonderful.

After arriving in Arras we have already arranged two days of touring WW1 battlefields, cemeteries, etc. I have always wanted to do that, but have only had one short opportunity in the past. It should make for a good summer!

Thanks again for your help!
Colin
 

BobM

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V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
. . . . After arriving in Arras we have already arranged two days of touring WW1 battlefields, cemeteries, etc. I have always wanted to do that, but have only had one short opportunity in the past. It should make for a good summer!
Colin

I assume from your location that you are a Canadian, so you might be interested in this website:
http://ww1.canada.com/battlefront/five-major-canadian-battles-of-the-first-world-war

There are many local battlefield tour companies based in or near Arras. Here is just one that I found after a quick Google: http://www.ww1.co.uk/

Also, for atmosphere as you walk, you might want to listen to "The Green Fields of France". There are heaps of versions on YouTube, but I like the version by The Fureys. Also search for "The Flowers of the Forest."

Best wishes

Bob M
 

Doogman

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Thanks again Bob. The battlefield tours we have booked are actually with the company you found in your search. That is a great article as well. I appreciate your efforts!
 

BobM

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V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
Thanks again Bob. The battlefield tours we have booked are actually with the company you found in your search. That is a great article as well. I appreciate your efforts!

It is always a pleasure to help pilgrims where I can.

BTW, I stayed at Le Trois Luppars in Arras, right on the main square. Very pilgrim-friendly. The square is a great place to hang out. Cafes. Wonderful buildings.

Bobm
 

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