A day of trails which was a welcome change from the endless roads. Lots of forest until we made the climb up to San Miniato, another hilltop town. The best thing about hilltop towns is that they are on the top of hills. The worst thing, is that they are on the top of hills, and if you are staying in one, then the last leg of the day is going uphill.
San Miniato is spread out along a ridge, and has had historically a fortress, and many notable churches. Not much of the fortress still remains, but the many churches are amazing, particularly that such a small town could have historically supported the building of so many fine places of worship.
We stayed the night in the Seminary of San Francesco, part of the historic complex that comprised a convent, monastery and church. After dinner we were given a tour of the areas not usually open to the public, including the room where they pressed olive oil, the dispensary and cool room, where blocks of ice were lowered into floor receptacles to keep everything cool. The rooms were the rooms formerly used by the Franciscan monks, but now put to good use by pilgrims.
In 2009, we embarked on a one-year family sailing adventure aboard a Grand Soleil 39, "SV Mulan". Our original sailing blog is linked on this site.
In 2017, Susan, Andrew, Sam & Max walked the Camino Frances from St-Jean-Pied-de-Porte to Santiago de Compostella (and rode bikes from Burgos to Leon as a blister recovery strategy), and in 2018 Jack also joined the crew as we waled the northern section of the Camino Portuguese from Porto to S de C.
In 2019 Andrew, accompanied by Max for the first few hundred kms, and Susan for the Tiscan section, walked the via francigena from Canterbury to Rome. That journey is blogged in this site.
This blog is planned as an alternative to the endless instagram posts used previously to communicate with those interested in our travels - although there is a linked instagram account as well!
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Great photos. I hope you’re enjoying the journey. Love Jamie