Via Francigena

Day 7 – Wisques to Thérouanne: after the rain…comes less rain

The stage


👣 23,5 KM on foot – Tuesday 22 June

After yesterday’s horribly wet ordeal, today’s weather conditions could not but improve. And luckily for us, they did! Now please don’t think that we had a beautifully sunny day, far from it! But at least our feet stayed dry and our bodies stayed (more or less) warm.
With only 12 degrees, very strong wind and semi-continuous drizzle, it felt more like autumn and not like the first day of summer, but hearing about the searing temperatures of 35+ degrees in southern Europe makes us appreciate this temporary freshness a tiny bit more.

We were again accompanied by many and undulating landscapes, here and there decorated by enormous wind turbines. Seeing them placed in these areas makes total sense considering that our Road to Rome flags were constantly blowing in our faces, so we can only imagine the amount of energy they manage to produce.
The tricky thing though with these ever repeating landscapes and weather conditions is that at some point there doesn’t seem to be anything new to share with all of you readers.

However, there’s always something different, always someone new, and always some particular place to talk about. For example the gorgeous three horses that we encountered along the road who came running towards us as if greeting a couple of old friends. Or the mayors of Delette and Thérouanne, who welcomed us with open arms and with great enthusiasm showed us their respective home towns. Or the tiny little town of Crehem where the children of the local school had painted the flags of the 4 countries crossed by the Via Francigena.

All these little things make each day on the Via Francigena a unique and surprising experience.

Not being rained upon the entire day, allowing us to keep our feet dry and bodies warm

The beautiful three horses encountered near Cléty

Myra Stals, Social Media Manager (EAVF)

Luca Bruschi, Director (EAVF)

Didier Morel (FFVF)

Clair Waïss (FFR)

Massimo Tedeschi, President (EAVF)

Mattia Poppa, video maker