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The Path To Rome

Hillaire Belloc

As Hillaire Belloc explains it, one fine day while walking about the town in norther France where he was born, he suddenly decided to take a pilgrimage to Rome. Not just any pilgrimage, mind you. He not only decided to walk the whole way, but he decided to make a beeline for the Holy City, doing everything possible to avoid leaving the straight path - a path across France to the Vosges Mountains, from their across Switzerland, across the Alps like Hannibal, across the Apeninnes into Italy and thence down the boot of Italy to Rome. All on foot, he vowed. Well, he very nearly did it. He did make it to Rome, but he wound up riding on carts or in trains for about ten percent of the way. However, all the mountain travel was on foot, and he gained by it, for he constantly found himself in unexpected places, seeing unexpected things. He takes us with him all the way, sharing his heart and mind with us in the most guileless and pleasant fashion. He was a devout, somewhat conservative Catholic, and his faith suffuses the book, but he does not proselytize, nor preach. Catholicism for him is a deeply rooted habit of mind and soul, not something to be dumped onto someone else like a load of firewood. Nor does he allow his faith to impose any load of solemnity on him. He is lighthearted, digressive, full of stories, perceptions, wisecracks, smart remarks and general playfullness. Underneath it, however, lies a will of iron; neither hunger, fatigue, lack of sleep, lack of money, lack even of decent footgear or the ability to speak the local language stops him. He is thwarted only once, and his tale of that time is thrilling. An audiobook cannot do justice to the elegant, yet simple maps and drawings in the book. Fortunately, his discussions of them are as clear and direct as the maps and drawings themselves. There is a reason why this book has been in print for over a hundred years, and it is a simple one: it is delightful. His journey through the heart of Europe is both a lark and a true pilgrimage, and we are his boon co

As Hillaire Belloc explains it, one fine day while walking about the town in norther France where he was born, he suddenly decided to take a pilgrimage to Rome. Not just any pilgrimage, mind you. He not only decided to walk the whole way, but he decided to make a beeline for the Holy City, doing everything possible to avoid leaving the straight path - a path across France to the Vosges Mountains, from their across Switzerland, across the Alps like Hannibal, across the Apeninnes into Italy and thence down the boot of Italy to Rome. All on foot, he vowed. Well, he very nearly did it. He did make it to Rome, but he wound up riding on carts or in trains for about ten percent of the way. However, all the mountain travel was on foot, and he gained by it, for he constantly found himself in unexpected places, seeing unexpected things. He takes us with him all the way, sharing his heart and mind with us in the most guileless and pleasant fashion. He was a devout, somewhat conservative Catholic, and his faith suffuses the book, but he does not proselytize, nor preach. Catholicism for him is a deeply rooted habit of mind and soul, not something to be dumped onto someone else like a load of firewood. Nor does he allow his faith to impose any load of solemnity on him. He is lighthearted, digressive, full of stories, perceptions, wisecracks, smart remarks and general playfullness. Underneath it, however, lies a will of iron; neither hunger, fatigue, lack of sleep, lack of money, lack even of decent footgear or the ability to speak the local language stops him. He is thwarted only once, and his tale of that time is thrilling. An audiobook cannot do justice to the elegant, yet simple maps and drawings in the book. Fortunately, his discussions of them are as clear and direct as the maps and drawings themselves. There is a reason why this book has been in print for over a hundred years, and it is a simple one: it is delightful. His journey through the heart of Europe is both a lark and a true pilgrimage, and we are his boon co
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As Hillaire Belloc explains it, one fine day while walking about the town in norther France where he was born, he suddenly decided to take a pilgrimage to Rome. Not just any pilgrimage, mind you. He not only decided to walk the whole way, but he decided to make a beeline for the Holy City, doing everything possible to avoid leaving the straight path - a path across France to the Vosges Mountains, from their across Switzerland, across the Alps like Hannibal, across the Apeninnes into Italy and thence down the boot of Italy to Rome. All on foot, he vowed. Well, he very nearly did it. He did make it to Rome, but he wound up riding on carts or in trains for about ten percent of the way. However, all the mountain travel was on foot, and he gained by it, for he constantly found himself in unexpected places, seeing unexpected things. He takes us with him all the way, sharing his heart and mind with us in the most guileless and pleasant fashion. He was a devout, somewhat conservative Catholic, and his faith suffuses the book, but he does not proselytize, nor preach. Catholicism for him is a deeply rooted habit of mind and soul, not something to be dumped onto someone else like a load of firewood. Nor does he allow his faith to impose any load of solemnity on him. He is lighthearted, digressive, full of stories, perceptions, wisecracks, smart remarks and general playfullness. Underneath it, however, lies a will of iron; neither hunger, fatigue, lack of sleep, lack of money, lack even of decent footgear or the ability to speak the local language stops him. He is thwarted only once, and his tale of that time is thrilling. An audiobook cannot do justice to the elegant, yet simple maps and drawings in the book. Fortunately, his discussions of them are as clear and direct as the maps and drawings themselves. There is a reason why this book has been in print for over a hundred years, and it is a simple one: it is delightful. His journey through the heart of Europe is both a lark and a true pilgrimage, and we are his boon co

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

10h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:43


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:00


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:00


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:52


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:07


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:26


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:01


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:03


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:58


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:51


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:31


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:20


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:57


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:03


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:58