Thursday, May 21, 2015

St Francis of Assisi

This is the church that all Christian pilgrims come to visit, the place that venerate San Francisco. We couldn't take any pictures of the interior but be assured that the interior is beautiful, both the lower and upper church. The frescoes are in the upper church, the frescoes of Cimabue, with Giotto as his assistant. Giotto would later decorate the Scrovenggi chapel in Padua.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rambling around Assisi, Italy

Its hard work, makes one hungry and it was time for some sustenance. A look at the pastry shop counter, lots to choose from. This rugelach is so incredible but the Italians have a different name for it, I forgot what it was but it was really good.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Temple of Minerva, Assisi, Italy

An ancient Roman temple built in the first century but now houses a church.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Assisi, Italy

We took the first train out from Rome to Assisi. The same train also goes to Spoleto and Perugia. We met other 'pilgrims' going to the church of San Francisco in Assisi. Its a popular pilgrimage destination for Catholics. The town is situated on a hillside and it made for tough walking but there was a bus which we took to get up the hill to the village on top. It was still early in the morning and there wasn't many people up and about. We walked the narrow lanes between the stone houses. It was quite pretty.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scandinavia and Finland

.....wild craggy coast lines, wild meadows and summer cottages painted red...... I'm putting the finishing touches to my itinerary...I've made so many changes, I need to leave soon because I'm afraid I might make more changes. This is it, no more meddling.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

 It being Sunday and it was evensong at all the churches in Rome. Here it was no different, an evensong service in most of the little chapels and there were Catholic priests all over thee place.

 We stopped at one of the little chapels because we heard some incredible singing. Wow, I'd love to hear some of the hymns again.
What an incredible day it was, a Sunday in Rome. There's no other place I'd like to be on a Sunday than to be in Rome. I miss Rome already, hope to see you again soon.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Treasures among the ruins, continuing our journey to Rome

 The massive and iconic ruin that once was the temple of Emperor Maxantius which was defeated in the battle over the Milvian bridge. Constantine became the sole emperor of the Roman empire thus beginning the Byzantine empire with Istanbul as the capital. The building project seen is the shoring up of this temple even as they construct the metro line C near and under it. Finally they are extending the metro system which until the completion of line c has only 2 lines, line a and b!

 This is also an iconic view of Rome, there are lots of paintings of this.
It is always so gratifying to be walking on the old roads of Rome, never fail to invigorate me.