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30th June 2019

Pilgrimage and Old England
I love reading your writings on my country, as seen as a tourist. It really is a beautiful country. I very much like your way of doing a pilgrimage also, probably the way I would do it as well. I too believe the horse tried to kiss you, not bite! 😊
18th June 2019
The Old Way

We are hiking for a week this summer
We are actually hiking for a week this summer. We will start in Canterbury and walk towards Rome. We will stop hiking somewhere in northern France. Perhaps we will continue the hike som other year. We are hiking because we enjoy it. /Ake
19th June 2019
The Old Way

Hijing for two weeks...
Sounds like a great plan!
12th June 2019

Fascinating trip
What a fascinating trip Bob. How amazing to visit those places your ancestors lived.
12th June 2019

Pilgrimage
Traveling with goals and purpose can be so rewarding. Loved the hitchhiking story and fireside photos.
12th June 2019

Pilgrimage
Glad you are having a great time. Life is short and you need to explore wonderful places and roots. Fascinating trip.
11th June 2019
Me protesting outside of 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister

Our Bob protesting Brexit in London
What will you be doing next Bob...always an inspiration. I've posted this in "Demonstrations & Protests" thread in the Photography Forum. Check it out. Priceless.
12th June 2019
Me protesting outside of 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister

Photography Forum
This is the first I've heard of it! And me being a Moderator! Thanks.
11th June 2019

Love it
I always look forward to reading your blogs here. You're living a fascinating life. Each time I read one I feel as though I'm experiencing new history in the making.
12th June 2019

History being made...
Thanks for reading and commenting. I also look forward to reading about your latest BMW purchase and tours of Europe!
9th June 2019

Fascinating!
A very interesting read, and well done indeed on having been able to find out so much about your ancestry and ancestors. The parts of Devon you were in seem so English and lovely! It must have been an amazing experience walking the old stomping grounds of your ancestors.
9th June 2019

Fascinating!
I did a lot of research before the trip, and then made the contacts at the various churches, to make this such a fascinating journey of discovery. Thanks for your comment!
3rd June 2019

Digging for the Roots
A fantastic voyage to uncover family roots. It gives a perspective on how far your family has come. When we were in Switzerland we discovered several spellings of Dave's name. As you said things were done differently back in the day. Glad you are watching Downton Abbey... we binge watched that recently. We thought we were the only ones who had not seen it.
2nd June 2019

Fascinating read
What a journey you have had and obviously several mysteries unfloded for you.Are you on Ancestry for your family tree?We visited a small village called KIngswood 3 years ago to trace my English side and got back to around 1600.It was very interesting to see where more recent relatives lived in the mid 1800's as the row of houses are still there and being lived in.My g g grandfather emigrated to New Zealand after marrying in London before they left.He was one of 9 children and the only one to emigrate.The family were weavers and mill workers.Did you uncover any monet stashed away for the first surviving relative to claim?We plan to be back in the UK and Ireland next year for more research centred arounf my Irish and Scottish heritage.
2nd June 2019

Ancestry
Yes, my family tree is on Ancestry.com under the Carlsen name.
2nd June 2019

Thanks so much for sharing. Your journey into your family’s past is most interesting.
2nd June 2019

Godolphin Stables
The name "Godolphin" in your ancestry caught my eye - I've heard of Godolphin Stables, a very successful horse training and breeding facility for thoroughbreds. I don't know if you are related to Sydney Godolphin, appointed Commissioner of the Treasury in 1684. As good as Sydney was with finances, he also fancied horse racing.He is given credit for starting horse breeding in Newmarket Suffolk. Today the Godolphin Stables are owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and is located in Newmarket. There is an interesting history of the stables at https://www.godolphin.com/about-us/the-godolphin-story
2nd June 2019

Godolphin Stables
Sir Sydney Godolphin was the brother in law of my eight times great grandfather. Thanks for the information.
2nd June 2019

Greetings
Great to see your on-going and quality blogs Bob! Keep enjoying the journey! We will be back at it later this year, after a fair gap. Too many other platforms I guess. Greg and Catherine
27th May 2019

Best "Pilgrimage"
I see you've done some other walking, besides the Camino Frances. Which pilgrimage(s) or walk(s) did you like the most, or would you like to do? After my Camino Portuguese this year, I'm already thinking of my next one. Via de la Plata, or maybe the one I read about in Japan. Any input would be welcome.
28th May 2019

Pilgrimages...
I forgot to mention my attempt to walk the last portion of the Old Way to Canterbury this month. The route is based upon a 14th century map, just discovered in 2017, which shows the route taken by Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims. Rain interfered with my plans, but I was able to walk some of the way that British Pilgrimage is still marking. The Old Way will be inaugurated next year for the 500th anniversary, with marked trail, guidebook, places to stay and eat, etc. The Old Way starts in Southampton (not where Chaucer's pilgrims started, but soon joins that way) following the southern coast for 120 miles to Canterbury. You might want to join the British Pilgrimage FB group.
28th May 2019

Pilgrimages...
After walking portions of the Camino Frances in Sep/Oct 2016, I walked the St. Olavsleden from near the Swedish border to the Nidaros Cathedral in July 2017 and then just 9 km of the Via Francigena from Viterbo towards Rome (my son walked with me and didn't want to go any further) in Sep 2018. I wrote blogs for both pilgrimages, so you can click on Home and Away and go back to those dates to read the details. I would recommend the St. Olavsleden. Although I met few pilgrims I stayed at farms and was treated as another member of the family. So wonderful!
12th May 2019

Ancestry
Wow, very interesting - I'm impressed with how much you have learned about your family history! Wonderful news also on the recovery, lovely to hear. Wishing you an enjoyable and informative journey in merry Old England 😊
25th May 2019

Ancestry
Thanks. Ancestry.com was very helpful in tracking my family tree. Being able to visit the places they lived was icing on the cake. I will be publishing a Travelblog in the near future, mostly from the FB posts. As you can read from those posts I had an amazing time in Merry Olde England!
28th April 2019

Wow!
Just wow! What an amazing travelling life and journey you and your family have led, and what an amazing privilege it has been for me to be able to read this. Thank you so much for writing this, it has been a journey for me reading through and seeing your Asia and early round the world travel years. You are an inspiration.

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