Thursday May 5 to Saturday May 7
No wifi the last few days and the wifi today only works on the ground floor. This will be a quick post with some highlights and a few photos.
Good weather and each day is a little warmer. Much of the walking has been on forest trails or unpaved forest roads. Very quiet. The route I’m taking has now joined a route to Assisi and I’m encountering a few other walkers, mostly Germans and Austrians.
A little wildlife in the forests: a bunch of wild pigs (boars) yesterday and two deer today. Very shy. Always the cuckoos and song birds.
Friday night I stayed at Santuario della Verna, a large and important religious site perched on a rocky summit. The land was given to St. Francis in 1213 and today it holds a large monastery, a convent and a church. It welcomes visitors, has rooms and serves meals in a large group dining hall. It is very different than the small towns I have stayed in. I think there were 150 people at dinner, including a bunch of us who had arrived on foot doing various pilgrimage walks. Good conversation and good food.
Here are a few photos. Many photos of trees, but I’ve spent much time with trees this week. (Click or tap a photo to see the caption. Click or tap again to open slideshow.)