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Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 1: Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass Pt. 1 (Cicerone Guides) Paperback – 13 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Alison Raju is a former language teacher and author of three other Cicerone guides to pilgrim routes: 'The Way of St James' in two volumes and The Via Francigena: Canterbury to Rome Part 1.
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I used both Part 1 and Part 2 the whole way from Canterbury to Rome.
To qualify my following statements I should make clear that I am no novice and have made many long distance journeys on foot and by bicycle.
Were this guide a walking companion, they would within the first week have been resting in a shallow grave in the North East of France.
The maps are woefully poor, without detail or effective useable reference.
The text lacks focus and infuriatingly obfuscates the route finding task by mixing in unnecessary asides, digressions and the authors preoccupation with benches, this is neither cute nor whimsical, its just annoying.
The distances are inexact often just wrong and the cumulative distance calculation manages to loose about 100km about 500km through.
The directions would be hilarious were you not stuck wondering which way the author really intends as the author has a very real problem distinguishing between left, right and straight ahead, this is distressingly no exaggeration.
The names of many places are misspelt.
Astonishingly for the author of a walking guide, this author has a penchant for road walking and will with little regard for the Via Francigena, your continued existence or sanity direct you towards the noise, smell and foot numbing tarmac.
If you really intend to complete this journey you can not rely on this guide for anything practical or logistical, buy the LightFoot guide instead.
There are also other guides in French & Italian that will serve you better, even if you don’t speak French or Italian.
This guide does have some value with the background or historical information it contains, but in no way does this guide fulfil its intended purpose.
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