Saunter: verb – walk in a slow, relaxed manner, without hurry or effort; noun – a leisurely stroll.
There was some debate over the name of this blog. It’s not our first travel blog – our original sail blog – “The Adventures of Mulan” – documents our family adventure on a 39 foot sailboat in Mexico and French Polynesia in 2009 and 2010. That blog is linked on the home page. 2Saunter was chosen as there will be two of us at the start (Max & Andrew), and the tongue-in-cheek reality that a walk/camino/pilgrimage is anything other than a leisurely stroll without effort.
In 2017, Susan, Andrew, Sam & Max walked the Camino Frances from St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, sans blog, and in 2018, Jack joined us and we all did the Camino Portuguese Senda Litoral from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Once again, sans blog, but not sans Instagram etc.
Why the VF?
While there is an endless supply of great walks, we have chosen the via francigena in 2019 as the flexibility to walk together as a family is diminishing – Jack & Sam are working for the summer to save money for their university education, and as Max has always been fascinated by all things Roman, a walk to Rome seemed the obvious option in his last year of summer-job freedom. That said, his high school are not entirely impressed that he will miss the first 7 weeks of the school year! (in 2017 he missed four weeks of school, and after walking & biking 800 km, the only subject he failed was Physical Education. Seriously.) After her professional commitments are taken care of, Susan will join Max & I in Lucca for the run in to Rome in late September.