The Story of Velanne
Anne Gudefin, the CIO of Velanne, spent many of her holidays in Switzerland, mainly in the area of the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy. At that border stands Mont Vélan, which is 12,228 feet (3,727 meters) in height. Alongside Mont Vélan (which Anne has climbed, incidentally) is a pass, the Great St. Bernard, that was used by the Roman legions as they marched north through the Alps, eventually winding up on the island they called Britannia. Many remains of the Roman presence are still visible around Mont Vélan. This road became known in the Middle Ages as the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route linking Canterbury to Rome.