Schoolboy Romeo Cox left the city of Palermo on June 20th and, alongside his father Phil, walked to London to visit his grandmother Rosemary.
On a journey of nearly three thousand kilometers, they had to cross through the territories of Italy, Switzerland, and France.
The journey proved to be incredible – and full of challenges. In Rome, father and son had to fend off a pack of stray dogs, and in the UK, they had to tame a wild donkey.
The travelers walked through mountains and dense forests, sailed along a river in a boat, cycled, and used a donkey for transport. According to Romeo, riding was so uncomfortable that he found it better to walk that distance.
They spent the nights wherever they could – in churches, inns, campsites, and even on the floors of strangers’ homes.
Many people wanted to help – encountering travelers, many offered them a delicious dinner and a chance to rest.
On September 21st, 93 days after starting the journey, Romeo and his father finally reached Trafalgar Square.
“We slipped a few times. We slept under a hornets’ nest – which, of course, wasn’t a very good idea. But we never gave up,” the student recalled.
After a two-week quarantine, the long-awaited meeting between grandmother Rosemary and her grandson finally took place. After spending 93 days on the road, the boy could finally embrace her. And the woman could breathe calmly, knowing that Romeo was now safe.
The family was welcomed back on their native street – Southborough Road – with enthusiastic applause from neighbors.
Some even decided to walk with father and son during the march from Trafalgar Square to Rosemary’s house. Following that, there was a small celebration with cake and champagne, where Romeo recounted the details of his incredible adventure.