Che bella cosa e` na giornata ‘e sole
Sometimes a famous song can provide you with an eye-catching title for a post. The opening line of the Neapolitan song, O Sole Mio, so famously popularized by Luciano Pavarotti, begins with Che bella cosa e` na giornata ‘e sole (What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!). After weeks of rain, making this one of the wettest droughts on record, we finally had a sunny day that had the Thursday cycling group baring arms and legs, in a gesture that might (just might) encourage the summer to begin. Geddington provided our base for both the morning and lunch stops, giving us a chance to pay our respects to the memory of Queen Eleanor, whose body passed through this community in 1291 en route to London.
The Eleanor crosses were originally a series of 12 that marked the spots where the body of King Edward I’s wife (Eleanor of Castille) rested for the night on her final journey back to the capital. They were constructed between 1291-94, and the one in Geddington is one of only three to survive the ravages of time. It is a fine monument located at the heart of the community, and now over 700 years old. (Distance cycled: 80 miles/128kms)