Crossing Routes – Blogging Europe is an initiative of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, in the framework of the Council of Europe‐European Commission joint programme on European Cultural Routes (2013 2014). The initiative is carried out in co‐operation with the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns and the old pilgrimage route of the Via Francigena in partnership with Fondazione Sistema Toscana, regional tourism board of Tuscany and local and regional partners.
The groups of bloggers, photographers and videographers will explore the region of Tuscany in Italy from 21 to 25 May 2014, experiencing the atmosphere of the XIXth‐century thermal towns along the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns: Montecatini, Monsummano and walking along the ancient pilgrimage route of the Via Francigena – San Gimignano, Montereggioni, Colle Val d’Elsa and Siena. On their way, the bloggers will reveal the essence of Tuscany to visitors in a novel way.
The group of five bloggers have been asked to share their impressions and experiences along these routes, connecting the cultural, spiritual and historical heritage of Tuscany and its communities and landscapes, taking photos and diary notes, making videos and writing articles as they travel, to create lively, inspiring chronicles of their trips on the Crossing Routes – Blogging Europe platform:
taken from http://blog.culture‐routes.lu/
Ciao from the road with the European Institute of Cultural Routes bloggers-photographers tour. We are having a FANTASTIC time exploring thus far the thermal towns of Montecatini Terme and Monsumanno Terme. We've been wined and dined, given incredible tours, and even had a "thermal treatment", as well as a gulp or two of the heailng waters.
Today we're on the road and heading south into middle Tuscany to the famous towered town of San Gimignano, then will literally hit the road in the morning for a bike tour towards Monteriggioni along the Via Francigena. Yee haw!!
I'll be doing most of my posting for the remainder of the trip on Facebook/paulaconsiders, Instagram under paulaconsiders, Twitter @paulaconsiders, and will have full stories upon my return to Texas on the official website of the EICR at blog.culture-routes.lu (where I have one post already on a little Via Francigena background). Thus, slim pickens here for the rest of the tour.
It would be my honor and pleasure for you to read along, and it's my hope that my blessings in partcipating in this adventure will be as real and vibrant and exciting for you as you experience them through my eyes.
La dolce vita, y'all!
Paula A. Reynolds
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