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Uncovering Lesser-known Historic Sites on Italy’s Pilgrimage Route

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The Via Francigena (fran-CHEE-jee-nah) is a pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages that starts in England and crosses France and Switzerland before entering Italy at the Gran San Bernardo Pass. Less known than the Spanish pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena was revived in the 1990s and is becoming more traversed each year

In 2009, after a divorce and a traumatic illness, I undertook a solo pilgrimage on the Via Francigena, inspired by a desire to purge emotional demons and achieve more of a heart-mind-body connection. 

El Camino Grey, Torres del Paine

by Stephane Alexandre / Jan 20, 2017 /
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Our wonderful tour of Patagonia sites continues with the Lago Grey Path. Our van pulled up to the beginning of the path almost an hour after lunch, and we carried our sluggish bodies out of the van. This was one of the last stops of the tour and we had already been dumbfounded by the wildlife and wide landscape that we have seen along the way. 

"One hour and 20 minutes" reminded our guide.

10 Fun Ways to Get Fit

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Whether you're at home or traveling, it's important to exercise and stay fit. You'll sleep better, enjoy better health, and be able to get around while you're traveling. But you know all that, of course. And the elliptical or treadmill, while useful, isn't that much fun, especially in a hotel gym late at night. Let's discover some fun ways to get fit, around the world.

6 Destinations Perfect for Walking Holidays

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For some people, relaxation during a holiday is all about a leisurely walk, while for others, walking is more of a sport. Whether it is in a park, mall, or on a hiking path, walking is an activity that can be enjoyable in more ways than one. With this in mind, if you are looking for a place that can be visited for a walking holiday, below are some of the best options. 

Visiting Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Security screening at Madrid’s airport resulted in a two-hour layover and a missed connecting flight to Vigo.  When I finally arrived amid a spring deluge, my host was nowhere to be found.  A stone’s throw from the Atlantic, the airport was half empty.  The silence felt like a heavy cloak as I hurried to the baggage claim area.