6 Jun: Fischingen

Distance: 15.5 km
Elev: 106 m up, 5 m down, net +101m

After Frau Feuz told us her secret to making wonderful muesli for breakfast, we set out on another “Chamber of Commerce” day.

There was an interesting chapel to St Margareten in the town of the same name, where we stopped for lunch. The chapel has a pilgrim stamp in the style we are seeing often in Switzerland: a pre-printed address label. I guess the rubber stamp was too much trouble to maintain! Lunch was at a pub on the corner directly opposite he chapel; they have a Tagesmenu and made a terrific salad plate.

We have enjoyed interacting with the livestock as we pass the farms. Today we saw freshly-shorn alpacas (the head is not clipped, so they look like they’re wearing toupees). And the Swiss cows wear these enormous bells so they can be found.

It is the warmest day of the trip so far in the mid-70’s. We are all in shorts and sun-protection shirts and sunscreen. But it is still a long, scorching day, with little shade until the end, where we encounter some gratuitous hills.

Dining. The Kloster guesthouse had a simple single menu meal, with a nice salad, grilled wurst with potatoes and vegetables for 16CHF, beer additional.

Lodging. The Benedictine Kloster has a guesthouse with private rooms (90 CHF single, 150 CHF double) and also a bunkbed dormitory (Mehrbettenraum) at 38CHF with WC down the hall and showers upstairs. Towels provided but not sheets. Breakfast is included.

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5 responses to “6 Jun: Fischingen

  1. Hi, I’m planning to walk the
    Le Puy route this May 2014. I did the CF last May but wonder is it difficult if I speak no French and is trail marked as well as the CF. Lastly did you find many pilgrims along the way or is it very solo experience.

    • Hi Michael,
      You’re in for a real treat – the Le Puy route is a great walk. And I’m happy to answer questions.
      – I’m not sure how literally to take your “speak no French” comment. Does that mean “I can’t manage long conversations on a variety of subjects”? Or does that mean “I can’t be bothered to even learn a few basic phrases”? The first year I walked in France, I could only manage a half-dozen tourist phrases. By the second year, I could manage a few more. You will need to learn some basic French: Hello, Good-bye, I would like …, CHeck please, Where is …. Since you have almost 6 months before your trip, you have plenty of time to get a basic phrasebook and spend some time with an online language course.
      – The trail is not marked as frequently as the CF in Spain. The sketch-type maps in Miam Miam Dodo are a nice help; no need for a real topo map.
      – May is an enormously popular month for walking in France. You can anticipate the lodgings will be full or nearly so, and so you’ll see 20-30 other walkers every day. Making reservations a few days in advance will be a good practice.

      Bon chemin!

  2. Annie Strickland

    What’s the muesli secret!?????

  3. Oh, so lovely!

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