A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Monday, July 16, 2012

On the Via Francigena to Amazas

Cesana Torinese

Every Alpine village has several of these fresh, cold fountains

My friend's feet are the feet of a true pilgrim. While my feet ached in their hiking boots, her's in her sandals did not.

The view from being flat on my back
on an Alpine mountainside

This friendly lady helped us to find our way. We were now walking on the Via Francigena, the ancient route to Rome in one direction, and Santiago de Compestela in the other.

While my friend swam in this icy mountain river, I threw stones. I was waiting for a hot shower.

Main Street, Amazas, Italy

Amazas, where our hosts lived

Our host, Daniela, in the center, with her son, Alberto, and her husband, Roberto.

Amazas, barely visible from the highway

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