Leaving Geneva was a breeze...by far the best signage I came across in a city on my Via Jacobi walk. Going through the old part of Geneva was neat...a few photos:
|Pont de l'Ile or official start of Via Gebennensis|
|St. Pierre Cathedral|
|Just liked the sign|
|Everything looks so good!|
|Would have liked to taste these|
|Walking trail outside Carouge|
|Carouge Mayor's office!|
|Last sign in Switzerland|
|Pretty fancy border crossing...and I entered France!|
I was now officially in France... and the signage changed...
|France signage...very simple and easy to follow|
|Lunch at a small town called Le Forget|
Once again dangerous animals were almost non existent...
|First cows in France|
|And then...Now these were a little scary|
Then I stopped in the local cemetery...always find this interesting. Well this time I really wasn't disappointed.
|WW1 Beaumont Memorial|
There are 51 names of men from Beaumont who were killed in the First World War...it turns out there were only 1,000 habitants on Beaumont then. The thought of this number of young men dying...essentially most of a generation I would expect is very sobering. How many more villages went through something similar?
I met Wolfgang who was sizing up where his 91 year old neighbour was to be buried...once he dies that is as apparently his neighbour is a real planner. It was a very interesting chat ranging from the pelerinage St. Jacques, current events in Syria to the fact that the current French president is incompetent...His Words!
Next came Patrick or Patrick74 as he refers to himself on the Chemin St. Jacques. It turns out Patrick is recently divorced, has three grown children and has given up on all things material...he is likely in his early 50's. He has sold his house and now lives on the Chemin St. Jacques helping various people and doing odd jobs. Last year he walked 2,500 kms. and he plans on doing this going forward. What a character...nice enough guy...hope to see him later...he of no fixed address.
Both Wolfgang and Patrick received Canadian lapel pins of course!
Back at the Fromagerie Beaumont and at time of writing this blog the only pelerin... was told by Wolfgang that this can change at a moments notice.
Looking forward to supper tonight...turns out Anne the owner is away and I have spaghetti to cook with sauce...as per Wolfgang who delivered the goods! Tomorrow a 27 km walk with apparently very few villages on the route. So far the route signage has been very easy to follow.
Even though I did not meet Anne (told by Wolfgang that she is a really nice lady) I am really impressed by the gite. Half pension for 35 euros is certainly worth it.