Assisi and the sunflower fields
aren't we funny! Who knew we'd go so crazy snapping photos?
then we all lined up for a group photo - here we are, in Italy, standing in a front of a field of sunflowers, the city of Assisi behind us on the hilltop! Just imagine - what a photo op!
Come on Richard! Hurry, hurry!
Here we are - painters and poet in Italy!
Raniero parked the bus, and we took the elevator to the top of the hill and the top of the city. Richard had a little suprise place he wanted to take us, so we followed our leader through the small streets of that ancient town.
The map of Assisi at the elevator - go all the way up
and walk back down to the buses...simple.
The large Bascilica at the top of the hill.
Through the streets of the city.
It wouldn't be Assisi without monks (and nuns) everywhere!
Christ, the Alpha and Omega
Richard bought each of us a small porcelain copy of the statute
to use for our own meditaton practice.
I can pick mine up and sit for a moment
and remember myself back there, in Assisi, in Italy.
33 of the statues, cut from 33 different woods,
representing different parts of the world:
33, the number of years Jesus walked on earth.
The doorway into the simple little church.
After our time inside the church, so much to see, so little time! So, what did we decide to do? EAT of course! We were hungry, so a few of us decided to scout out a quick bite to eat, and it turned into a 2-hour lunch! We had a great time, and that's what Italy is about - communion! Bread and wine and friends!
I loved these closed up arches: I won't go that way again - ever.
Placemats at our little out-of-the-way restaurant.
Tucked into our own little out-of-the-way corner.
Wine...and important part of communion.
And friends - and a warm afternoon in Italy...
Sarah and Nancy
Sarah, Sheila and Tonya
Jodi and Nancy
The 5 of us - a grace-filled moment in time.
After our wonderful lunch, we sat out toward the Bascilica, with only about 45 minutes left before we were supposed to meet at our pick up point. How to see Assisi in 45 minutes?
Sidetracked! The Temple of Minerva!
We were a little disappointed to find that it was now dedicated to Mary.
We love Mary, but Minerva was pretty cool too!
Sidetracked again - so many wonderful shops!
And sidetracked again - a stationary store full of notecards and journals,
made especially for poets!
I'll take a picture of you, if you take a picture of me!
OK...just looking costs us calories!
A combination of heat and wine - and Sarah's stories!
SHOES! She really, really wants to buy shoes in Italy!
And that's where I left the group and headed out on my own.
I'm going to be in a lot of trouble with a lot of people if I don't see the Church!
I wonder if I'm headed in the right direction?
Perhaps it's through the arch!?
And there it is! I never got to the "upper church",
but went into the lower Bascilica.
And while I was in there, I met up with my group again
and we headed for this courtyard
to meet up with Richard and the rest of the group.
I will always have fond memories of Assisi. If Italy's anything, it's wine and bread, food and friends, laughter and warm sunshine, and lots of stories.
On our way back to La Romita, we had another stop to make, but that is another blog post for another day.