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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5 Assisi

We were scheduled to spend the night in the town of Assisi. While we were there, we went on a tour of the St. Francis Basilica. St. Francis founded the Francescean Order over 800 years ago. After his death, the Basilica was built and St. Francis buried under the main chapel. The Basilica has several beautifully painted chapels within the building. The Basilica is in the middle of a quaint medival hillside town. It is amazing that these small towns are still standing and people are still occupying the centuries old houses and shops.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5- Cassino

We are on our way to Assisi. We made one stop along the way. A WWII cemetary for allied forces from the British Empire. The Germans had taken over the abbey on the top of hill. The Allied Force were trying to take it back. Hundreds died during the battle. This cemetary was dedicated to those who lost lives.

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May 30, 2016 - Lago Trasimeno to Assisi

Day 10 Lago Trasimeno to Assisi. One for the record books! We were not woken up by dogs, cats or little kids during the night - amazing! Wilbert is a sadist. We started with a gentle 15 km roll out of the camp ground running alongside the lake. There was however a short steep pinch of 11% just a couple of kilometres out as a precursor of what was to come. Soon enough the route turned away from the lake shore and towards some nearby hills. It didn't take long for the gradient to rise to 7%, then 11% and then 14%. The worst bit was that the...

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May 14, 2016 - Assisi

We drove from Norica to Assisi through the rain. Once again, George was able to find roads with lots of curves. As we neared Assisi, we could see the Church of St. Francis first, then the city came into view. It hangs off the mountain, looking beautiful. The first thing that I noticed were the walls that surrounded the city. As we neared I could see that beneath the church there was, a building, with doors and a walkway all around. I later learned it was a convent. People can rent the rooms there if they choose. The doors faced out, so that...

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Italy revisited 2016

May 31, 2015 - Assisi - Part 2

Assisi - Part 2 A city should not only be known by its monuments, churches and museums. It's the small surprises, the friendly local merchant, the gelato in a quiet spot, that makes for memories. It's the daily visit to the vegetable market, where the shop owner gets to know you, that makes the visit so special. While we have not entered the fabric of the city, we have done our best to discover Assisi's hidden treasures. Assisi, you have certainly captured our hearts ... magic is around every corner. Our last few days here, when we finally...

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May 31, 2015 - Venice - Assisi

This morning we left Lido by boat and got back on the coach in Venice. Early on in the trip Elizabetta gave all the men on the coach a present (magnet and gladiator figurine from Rome) and today it was the ladies turn. We were all given a little glass animal figurine from Murano and I got a cute little fish. Apparently the Americans were complaining to Elizabetta about the Autogrill where we had lunch the other day so she said if everyone was happy with lasagne she had another option for us. We all agreed and we went to a very cute...

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May 26, 2015 - Assisi

Assisi - Part One Ever since 1972, and the release of Franco Zeffirelli's movie, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," I have felt a connection to Assisi. Zeffirelli's movie chronicles the life of Saint Francis (San Francesco) and Saint Clare (Santa Chiara) who lived in Assisi in early 13th century. So, being in Assisi for 6 days is a dream come true. Besides, who doesn't want to have an opportunity to visit one of the lovely hill towns in central Italy?? We approached by train from Foligno and were immediately struck with the vista of Assisi from...

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May 19, 2015 - Assisi

This morning we started early by grabbing some croissants in the breakfast room and went down to meet our guide. Rather than the one scheduled we were met by Karen – our regular guide had “wrenched his back and had a sore neck” from an accident and she was our substitute. She had, however, seemingly never been to Assisi nor had she read the itinerary we were supposed to follow. In any event we drove off into the countryside filled with olive trees (some as old as 3,000 years according to Karen), wheat, sheep, and vineyards to the mountains...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Assisi

Assisi is gorgeous. It is an old walled city high on the hillside. Pilgrims from all faiths come here. The town is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, who happens to be my favorite saint (I loved that he loved animals when I was a child - and I still do). It is clean and remarkably well-preserved. The tour busses come for the day and drop,off tourists so it gets crowded during the day. This morning, we walked down to the Basilica of St. Francis. We went early, before the main crowds. We attended mass in the lower sanctuary. I have not been...

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Down the Road

Oct 9, 2013 - Entry No 7

Hello to Family and Friends, We have been having a fun 2 weeks. We had the Smith family Catherine Gary Emma and James here and in their apartment is a pizza oven in the kitchen, so Gary fired it up and we had home made pizza such great fun. The Smith family moved on to Venice, Milan and Cinque Terra, they were away for a week, so David and I took a trip up north to Parma, we wanted to try the Parma ham and cheese which we did but we thought we might be able to get tickets to see the Last Supper in Milan with the Smiths and Parma is quite...

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2013 Italian Odyssey

Sep 30, 2013 - Entry No 6

Hello to Family and Friends, We are continuing to have a wonderful trip, we have had Catherine Gary Emma and James here in Arezzo for a week and they have now gone off to do their own thing in Venice, Milan and Cinque Terra. They will be back here next Saturday. We have visited Siena a lovely city with lots of interesting places to see, the Duomo is absolutely amazing the floor is marble inlaid with stories of Romulus and Remus fantastic , has to be seen to be believed. Also the Chiesa di San Domenico which has the head and thumb of St...

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2013 Italian Odyssey

Sep 26, 2013 - Entry No 5

Hi to Family and Friends, We have been on the move again, but in between we have been having some lovely rest days. We went by bus to another hill town Castiglion Fiorentino it is in the same area as Cortona but not as hilly and as not as well kept. We wandered around to the various churches and magnificent buildings but most were closed. There were wonderful views from high up over the valley. Perugia was next on our list, and what a beautiful feel this town has, there are three universities in Perugia. It is also high up on a hill, but...

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2013 Italian Odyssey

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