The lady has made our reservations from Borgofranco and after the last one, we were a little gun shy of what to expect. We were told to find a certain restaurant beside the church and get the key. We finally found the restaurant and a young woman walked us across the piazza to a building and showed us into several rooms. It is very clean with three double bunk beds, shower and toilet. There are blankets and sheets with a recommended minimum rate of 10 E each and there is no one else here, yet. There was a ticket on the counter for a pilgrim meal of 10E at a restaurant close by. We were looking at the paper outside when a man came by on a bicycle and recognized us as pilgrims and volunteered to show us the way. In the restaurant the waiter showed us the menu and said first you pick the pasta, then the meat, then the salad, then the water, then the wine. By this time Charlotte is getting nervous about the price. We ate and drank until we could eat no more. Then the waiter asked if we wanted coffee. We then headed for the cash register downstairs. As is normal here, they punch it into the cash register and hand you the tape showing how much you owe. It was 10E each. After two hours walking today we had to do a little doctoring on my big toe. A blister needed piercing and then it was back to walking. In the middle of nowhere we came upon an old man walking. We stopped and addressed him and told him what we are doing. He told us he was captured in Africa in the second world war by the British and spent three years in Scotland. We slept in the room and then went looking for a bank machine. Italy is the only place I know where the bank machines have siestas as well. When we got back to the room, we have company. We have a fellow walking to Rome from somewhere in France.
We had someone on the street phone the convent in Vercelli to make arrangements for us to sleep there. It will be a long way on my legs tomorrow. We asked the woman in the bar to phone for a rservation for Sunday night in Robbio at another Parrochial, so we have a reservation there as well.