Valfabbrica to AssisiJanuary 30, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C
The Saint Francis Way
The Saint Francis Way
The Saint Francis way
The Saint Francis Way
Merry Christmas !!!!
Christmas in Assisi is just amazing!! In the spirit of the occasion, we had a Christmas tree made by Kai.
A tiny bit of trivia: San Franceso started the first nativity scene in 1224 called here as a Presepe. There are lots of Presepes on display here, in homes, on sidewalks, on doors and life sized ones that fill up an entire living space or sprawled in gardens and courtyards.
We did a Christmas hike up to Chiesa Eremo della Carceri where San Francesco had a hermitage. Didn't get to light a candle last night as there were too many people at the Basilica so we lit a candle at the hermitage instead for all family and friends in mind.
Ascended 1500m, approximately 4 km in 2 hours and descended in 36 min. Ruby hiked to nearly 3000m and I am happy to report that her lungs were ok. We climbed a equivalent of 130 floors. Total of 7.59km.
We arrived at the most tranquil and serene retreat.
As we were back in Assisi, lo and behold we had monk carollers with Father Christmonks singing and dancing to Italian hymns and other carols.
Finally the awesome foursome were all given a special present when we bought socks from a market in Siena. So we had to wear our present on Christmas day, hence the yellow socks.Read more
I thought Assisi was Francis' surname. This is his home town, though is roman era old. It has both ornate and simple churches. It has outwardly religious people, bars, and bowmen. It seeks what Francis longed for, that all creation knows it lives under the deep and unstoppable grace of God.
Parked in a dedicated motorhome site near Santa Maria degli Angeli, and ten minute bus ride up to Assisi. Walked from the basilica up to the top of the town, then back down again. Highlight was the next morning between at 8.15 til 9. We returned to the St Francis' basilica. Too early for Italy. Helen and I had the whole of St Francis basilica virtually to ourselves.
Now on to Firenze, Florence.Read more
Assisi je prý stále takové, jaké ho kdysi viděl sám František. 😱 Těžko říci. 😊 My můžeme potvrdit, že je to malebné městečko s překrásnou basilikou, ve které je František pohřben. Zároveň se jedná o významné poutní místo a (možná i proto) je vstup do basiliky zdarma.Read more
We did not take many pictures here. We spent most of our free time looking for the church that has the cross from which Christ spoke to Francis. I lived here for a year 35 years ago and I wanted to share this church with Mary. Of course it was not the church that has such salient memories for me but rather the experience of Vesper services held there each evening. It was standing room only with easily 300 people attending every evening. The service consisted of singing and while I never knew the words, the melody was pleasing and I could hum along. I remember feeling waves of loving emotion that brought me to tears with each occurrence. It would subside then build again. It was the only time I felt close to Christianity as a living faith.
I chose Assisi so that I could participate with a group from Ananda -- followers of Swami Yogananda -- who had an ashram there. I felt then as now that this place has loving energy flowing through it. I also understand that Swami Vivekanada visited Assisi but can't find any quotes that expressed his impressions. Maybe some of my Vedanta friends can contribute them in the comments section.
Though we never found the church I was able to identify the house I lived in back then. It is on a hill overlooking the back side of the Basilica. It is actually visible in one of the pictures I've attached to this posting though just a speck the distance.Read more
Just some photos of the different sorts of nativity scenes around the places we've visited.
Breakfast at this hotel was self service. Without eggs to order, there were fewer choices. But they had yogurt, honey and nuts so I was fine. And being able to get coffee without waiting was was an added benefit. There was a bowl of brown eggs that I had assumed were hard boiled eggs, but when I read the sign next to the eggs, I realized that the eggs were raw and you had to use the appliance near the eggs that was evidently an egg cooker. I was so glad I read the sign before I cracked the egg.
We left the hotel at 9 am and headed for Assisi. On the ride to Assisi we learned a lot about Francis of Assisi. We meet or guides when we got of the bus. Our first stop was the Basilica of St. Francis. The Basilica is actually a cathedral and a tomb for St. Francis and his four friends who became monks with St. Francis. The tomb also includes a simple church. The art work was beautiful. Once we finished touring the Basilica, we returned to the bus Android drive a short distance to Historic Assisi. We drive because the walk from the Basilica to Assisi was extremely steep. After a short tour we had free time. Our first order of business was to get some lunch. Porcuetta (sliced cooked ham) was recommended. John and I each ordered a panini with flat bread. The sandwiches were so large we could have easily done with a single sandwich. In fact, I only ended up eating about 2/3 of mine. After that we toured a small archaeological museum. It was very interesting. It contains the ruins below the temple that was turned into a church. After touring the museum, John got a soda and finished his porcuetta panini and I got a scoop of pastachio and a scoop of strudel gelato. Then it was time to return to the hotel.
Six of us had chosen an optional tour of Perugia. So, after a quick break we returned to the bus and headed for Perugia. The town was a mixture of the original Perugian buildings of the Middle Ages most of which now house commercial businesses and shopes. Although the architecture was different it reminded me of Bath, England. At the end of the tour, we opted to return to the bus because it was beginning to look like rain.
When we returned, I showered and changed and headed to the optional wine tasting. John opted for a short nap. We were given tips on how to evaluate wines and some tips on food and wine pairing. Then we a all went to the dining room for dinner. John was waiting for us there. Tonight I chose the fettuccini and truffle pasta, veal rump with potatoes and dessert with pastachio angel food cake and white chocolate.
After dinner we walked around the grounds again. The two teens from Canada showed us address of the hotel grounds we had missed the night before including a small crypt.
Then we returned to our rooms to pack up and head to bed.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Assisi, Асизи, Asizo, Asís, Assise, Asís - Assisi, אסיזי, アッシジ, Asisium, Asyż, Assis, Ассизи