Bracciano was once a centre of culture in Italy. It has one of the finest examples of medieval castles, the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, overlooking the lake. The Odescalchi family, to whom it was sold in 1696, still own it. The Bracciano district became a Papal possession in 1375 and in 1419 Pope Martin V gave it to the Orsini family under whose control the area flourished with its iron, sulphur and paper production, and becoming known for it’s tapestries. On a more frivolous note Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes were married at the castle in 2006.

My main reason for staying two nights in Bracciano was to try to replace some things I had lost in the crazy few hours before the start of the walk and to sort out my 3G connection that I’d secured from an Italian internet provider. Normally I don’t lose things but in that time I managed to part possession with the recharger for my IPad and two extra batteries and a spare memory card for my digital
camera, popping out of a side pocket to my backpack as they must have done. Bracciano proved to not be the resource centre I hoped it would be, hence the lack of blogging in the early days.

I always knew that the first week or so would be the toughest on my feet. No amount of walking around my suburb could prepare me for walking bitumen roads with a heavy backpack. I am not under any imperative to cover any particular distance each day, nor even to walk each day. I’ve decided I don’t want this walk to be daily goal driven. My goals are to reach Santiago and to enjoy the journey getting there. My feet needed to rest so I gave them one.

Seit masterarbeit schreiben ich denken kann, habe ich unzhlige tagebcher und notizzettel voll geschrieben und bin dann spter zu ausfhrlichen arbeiten und bchern bergegangen