‘When in April, sweet showers fall

Stanford is a Catholic and the content of his book is heavily weighted towards Christian routes and shrines such as Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, and Rome. Nevertheless, he treads a balanced and respectful line across the wider religious terrain.

A Panoramic View

On a recent solo trip to Jerusalem my wonderful hosts asked if I would like to visit Nabi Samwil, the tomb of the prophet Samuel. Sacred to both Jews and Muslims and sited atop a rocky outcrop, this place offers a panoramic view which takes in the city and circles around to the territories of … Continue reading A Panoramic View

Women on the Road

Stuffing the dried fruit and almonds into my backpack, I made a brief visit to the Cathedral to focus my thoughts and then set off from Canterbury to walk to Dover. Eight hours, and much sun-block later, I had completed stage 1 of the Via Francigena. The path out of the perfect Kentish village of … Continue reading Women on the Road