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Aug 20, 2012 - Arrivederci Lanciano

For the last two nights I have attended performances in the plaza of the Maria Maggiore Cathedral. Friday night was another comedy. I arrived too late and the place was already packed so stood in the back until my feet got tired, and was in Italian so that contributed to me leaving early. Last night was advertised the Memphis Blues Boys. I was excited to learn a group from the US was here playing. WRONG...they are the Italian version of the Blues Boys. I arrived extra early to get a seat and found they were serving dinner on transported...

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Aug 16, 2012 - Ascension of St. Mary Holiday

At seven o'clock I awoke to the very loud ringing of bells from the Nicolo Cathedral directly across the street from my house. More ringing at 7:15 and again at 7:30. Calling the neighborhood to mass to celebrate the Ascension of Mary. There were more people then I had ever seen entering the church. In front of the door was a table with a basket of buns. People received a prayer booklet, dropped some money into a basket, and took a bun. A while later the band from the pictures begin to play below my bedroom window. I needed to get some...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Getting It Straight: Some Corrections

I want to correct some mistakes I've made here in Lanciano. First it has a population of about 37,000 not 100,000. There area 19 churches/Cathedrals in the city. The statue in the piazzo is not of Longinus but is Mother Italy mourning sons killed in wars. Mother Italy looks like a Roman soldier to me, but there you have it. Every time I go by I study it and I guess you could say she is dressed like the Statue of Liberty, but wearing a soldiers head covering. Longinus the Roman centurion who thrust his spear into Jesus is from Lanciano...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Inside the Santa Maria Maggiore Cathedral and COMPANY COMING

I had visited the Santa Marie Maggiore Cathedral, near my place, but not been able to get inside until yesterday when I found the side door open (this side door used to be the front door). The Maggiore Cathedral was built in 1100's over an ancient temple. In 1317 it was changed adding the current door with steps making the front entrance of the Cathedral to face east toward the growing city. I was restored several times lastly in 1540 when the famous silver cross was added. The inside of this Cathedral is beautiful in it's simplicity, and I...

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Aug 13, 2012 - Roman Architecture and the Last Porta Through the Walled City

The most exciting thing about traveling somewhere unfamiliar is making a great discovery all by yourself. I had heard that there was only one remaining Porta, entrance to the walled city from Medieval times, remaining. All but this one Porta has been demolished to make room for the growing city. But I hadn't found it in the area where I looked and where the tour map said it would be. Yesterday I started out to investigate the area below the Cathedral of the Bridge, and the old Roman Bridge. There is a deep valley that the bridge crosses...

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Aug 10, 2012 - Lanciano; the Ancient and the New

The cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, is one of the oldest in Lanciano and is just up the street from my section of town. Unfortunately it is fenced off and undergoing renovations. So I didn't get to see inside. The cathedral of San Luciano is near the main Piazza I have shown pictures of. It isn't as old but very beautiful. Yesterday I traveled back to Pescara by local bus to open an Italian checking account. It has been recommended by other travelers to do this. Will not cost me anything and I'll have an ATM card in euros whenever I...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Ancient City Walls of Lanciano

Just when I think I've seen it all here in Lanciano, I discover more interesting ancient buildings, and fountains. It still amazes me that things build not just hundreds of years ago, but a thousand years ago are still standing, and here, even functioning as a part of the city. I few things I have noticed that Americans should think about when traveling to Italy or Europe. Try to blend in. Don't wear white sneakers, fanny packs, or baseball caps. Men here don't use backpacks, but what is called a "man bag". Looks almost like a ladies purse...

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Aug 4, 2012 - A Concert and Saturday Market

The concert precipitated a stressful solo travelers moment of frustration. It is sometimes very difficult to be in a foreign country and not be able to communicate. At the Theater, I couldn't understand where my ticket allowed me to sit and I couldn't find anyone to help. The inside only seated about 100 people and they all had different looking tickets, like season passes. I went up stairs to the balcony to discover to my dismay it was all private balcony boxes. When I peeked into some on the second floor people seemed agitated and closed...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Lanciano Sightseeing

Today was a day for sightseeing I walked through the Jewish Ghetto. Then spent most of the day at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Ponte ("St. Mary of the Bridge"), so called because it is built on Roman bridgework along a valley. I was able to enter the old underground, covered Roman bridge under the church. I don' t know exactly how to explain it, and was confused myself until I could see it myself. I guess the bridge was abandoned or unused for a very long time and the church was built on top of it. Excavation now allows people to see the...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Lanciano, Italy; my new home

I am now living in Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy for the next three weeks It is about 50 miles southeast from Alanno where I have been staying. Lanciano is a much bigger city of about 100,000. But I am living in the older section and it doesn't seem nearly so populous. I loved the Alanno countryside, and now I am loving Lanciano. It is nice to be in a more metropolitan area where I can walk to so many shops, cathedrals, and other historical sights and restaurants. There is so much to see. Many cathedrals and buildings from Roman times. This area...

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Dec 11, 2007 - Bella Friza

We arrived in Friza on the 5th, after a beautiful train ride through the mountains. It was so cool, there was snow everywhere! Friza is a very cute little town, backed by snow capped mountains and looking down to the ocean. We stayed with Lucia, Gulio and Clara (Nonna Peters sister-in-law). They were so good to us, feeding us heaps!!! Lunch was pasta, then meat and salad, then fruit then dessert and then the alcohol...all homemade grappa and stuff! We got fresh cornetti for breakfast most days too! Lucia took us around all the sites. We saw...

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