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A Bicycling Pilgrim's Progress: The Way of St James

Talks - History; Talks - Travel; Talks - General Interest

Event Description

Recovering from a serious health problem, Paul decides to cycle this medieval pilgrimage to see if he’s still up to it. Starting with the relic of Santiago in Marlow, Bucks, he passes through France, visiting Chartres cathedral, the grave of a Tour de France legend, and the site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom. He admires a Loire chateau where Leonardo (who’d ridden across the Alps with the Mona Lisa in his saddlebag) is entombed. Then it’s over the Pyrenees and across Spain, passing Hemingway’s great bull-run, marveling at Burgos and Leon cathedrals, and encountering fellow pilgrims with their amazing stories.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Paul Gillingham

Meet The Speaker, Paul

Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a TV and radio journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google) and later produced travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.

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