Posts Tagged With: The Way of St Francis

Carryoncouple climbs to a new peak


A view from our trek on the Way of St. Francis in Italy.

As the 21st century began its last year as a teenager, carryoncouple turned seven in record-setting fashion.

Our travel blog collected 8,758 views from 3,654 visitors in 2018, both eclipsing our previous record of 5,232 views by 1,561 visitors in 2013, the year we walked the Camino de Santiago.

People stopping by our blog represented 75 countries, led by the USA with 5,813 views. Canada was in second place for much of the year, but lost the No.2 title to the United Kingdom, which had 486 views, topping Canada by nine views.

Our 2012 post from Italy–Basilica Honors San Zeno–mysteriously continued to attract attention, with 91 views, but lost its 2017 top post title to another surprising choice, Coming Soon to Amazon. Was it the “coming soon” or just the word “Amazon” that attracted the clicks? Or Sue’s book cover? We remain puzzled by the record-setting (for us) 564 views of the post from many countries.

Although our numbers are humble by WordPress standards, we remain thankful to our blog followers and viewers. We hope to keep the interest going through several adventures in 2019, including another one with backpacks, to be announced.

Our favorite trip of 2018? That’s easy; see Sue’s slideshow by clicking here.


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We Have a Winner!

By just one vote, the evening view of Italy’s Poggio Bustone took the #1 spot in our 2018 Readers Choice awards.

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The misty path leading to the Italian mountaintop borough of Monteluco was a close second.

A big Thank You to all of you who took the time to cast your vote and, in some cases, explain your choice. We always love your comments.

Surprisingly, nearly all our Top 10 picks received at least one vote. Our shot of the Coquille River Lighthouse, #9, remained a lonely outpost without so much as a mention.

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Readers Choice: There’s Still Time…

…to cast a vote for your favorite photo from our Top 10 list.

If you need to take another peek before deciding, click the link below and add your choice in the comments section. We’ll tally the votes and announce our Readers Choice winner Friday, December 21.

Vote now for the best photo.

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Cast Your Vote…

We want to hear from you.  Which of our top 10 photos is your favorite from 2018?  To cast your vote, choose your top pick from the photos below and enter the number in the comment section below.  

Deadline: Thursday, December 20.  We’ll publish results Friday.

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#1 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

An evening shot of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican easily took our favored number one spot.  It so perfectly reflects the sense of awe we felt upon completion of our 23-day, 258-mile walk through history along The Way of St. Francis.

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The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi stands out against dramatic skies.
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#2 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

The Italian village of Poggio Bustone spills down the mountainside, even more charming in the evening light.

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A modern underground escalator carries visitors uphill to a variety of ancient sites and endless views in Spoleto, Italy.  
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#3 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

A mystical, magical scene greeted us as we approached Monteluco.  Perched high above the Italian city of Spoleto, the climb was just the beginning of our longest and most challenging day of walking The Way of St. Francis.

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Our morning continued through the misty Sacred Woods of Monteluco, eventually climbing up and out of the cloud cover…only to face 2,200 feet of treacherous descent.
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#4 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

This scene, from Italy’s The Way of St. Francis, depicts an irresistible example of the simplicity and beauty we find when distance hiking.

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This scene from Bandon, Oregon was a close second because…who doesn’t love a stroll on the beach under a clear blue sky?
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#7 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

Long distance trekking has taught us to appreciate simplicity and to enjoy the journey.  We have also learned that the path is not always clear.

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And when he path is cluttered with distractions, it’s OK to seek help…in this case, GPS kept us on track.
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#8 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the best technical photo from our 2018 album.  However, the discovery of the Selfie Corner in our Gubbio, Italy hotel presented a photo opportunity too silly to pass up.

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The Pinky Bar wins the runner-up spot for no other reason than the irresistible nature of it’s name.  It was here that we celebrated Reg’s birthday on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Valfabbrica, Italy.
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