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  • Day224

    Perugia to Valfabbrica

    January 29, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Given our close proximity, we have decided to walk some of the pilgrim trail of La Via di Francesco (The way of St Francis). Today we walked from Perugia to Valfabbrica (32km and 670m ascent ) - the trail took us along a river, through olive groves and down a beautiful green valley.
    In the evening we went to the local bar for Aperitivo and a couple from Belgium (Trudy and David, who are now living here) started talking to us and then joined us for dinner. We had a wonderful evening, sharing stories and felt an instant connection with this lovely couple.
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    Trudy Copper

    Thx a lot dear Lara and Rudy..., we also had two wonderful evenings with the both of you 😍

    1/31/20Reply
    Verena Heger

    Oh what a wonderful surrounding. And you did a fantastic walking! Chapeau - 32 km!! 👍👏💕.

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  • Day18

    Erste kurze Besichtigung von Assisi

    June 21 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Dann gings weiter durch die Marken Richtung Umbrien. Auf bergigen Straßen und Schnellstraßen erreichten wir gegen 16 Uhr den Campingplatz oberhalb von Assisi. Die Auffahrt zum CP war durchaus ein wenig abenteuerlich, denn unser dummes Navi wollte uns durch eine winzige Pforte oberhalb von Assisi leiten, die dann 10 cm zu niedrig für unseren Bus war. Glücklicherweise erkannten wir das Problem noch rechtzeitig, kehrten um und fanden dann den richtigen Weg zum durchaus schönen CP.

    Nach dem kurzen Aufbau machten wir uns noch auf den Weg zu einer ersten Besichtigung von Assisi. Zunächst liefen wir etwas zu weit oberhalb der Stadt entlang, irgendwann fanden wir dann doch den Weg hinab zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten und ein paar Läden der Stadt. Moni fand ein Paar angenehme Schuhe, die ihre leider in San Marino kaputt gegangenen Sandalen ersetzen konnten.

    Nach 6 Km doch anstrengendem Marsch kamen wir etwas müde zurück zu unserem Platz. Zwei "Bergtouren" an einem Tag waren dann doch ganz ordentlich für zwei ältere Rentner...

    https://www.komoot.de/tour/397774975?ref=aso
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  • Day20

    Assisi - Basilica di San Francesco

    June 23 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Ein gemütlicher Tag.. Wir wanderten am Vormittag von unserem CP durch ganz Assisi, bis hinab zur Basilika des San Francesco. ein gewaltiges Bauwerk, dessen Ausmaße eigentlich nur aus einiger Entfernung erkennen kann. Hier wurden im 13. Jahrhundert zwei große Kirchen übereinander gebaut. Die untere Kirche verbirgt in den Katakomben die sterbliche Überreste des Hl. San Francesco. Hier waren wir schon vor ein paar Jahren auf unserer Radtour nach Rom. Aber kein Vergleich zu damals, als wir in einer endlosen Schlange anstehen mussten um die Krypta zu betreten. Heute waren fast allein beim Besuch der Gruft.

    Mittags wollten wir eigentlich in einem sehr guten Umbrischen Lokal (degli Orti) Essen gehen, leider war heute Ruhetag. Schnell entschieden wir uns für ein anderes Lokal, das wir schon mehrfach beim Eingang nach Assisi gesehen hatten, die Pizzeria "La Lanterna". Wir bereuten es nicht, sowohl das Essen wie auch der Wein waren hervorragend.

    https://www.komoot.de/tour/399048518?ref=aso

    Anschließend kauften wir noch für heute Abend ein und verbrachten anschließend den Nachmittag am Campingplatz. Abends spielt dann Deutschland bei der EM um den Einzug ins Achtelfinale, wir sind gespannt..
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  • Day7

    Peruggia und Assisi

    September 4, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Von dem schönen Campingplatz Trasimeno See sind wir heute weiter nach Peruggia. Dort angekommen sind wir mit den Bikes hoch in die Altstadt. Besonders schön war der Palazzo dei Priori. Bemerkenswert der Brunnen Fontana Maggiore am höchsten Punkt.
    Verkehrsmässig ist die Stadt ein Albtraum, alles Einbahnstraßen. Wir waren gut beschäftigt wieder zum WoMi zurück zu kommen.
    Der Stellplatz in Peruggia war leider gar nicht schön, direkt neben der Hauptstraße. Deshalb sind wir wieder weiter gefahren nach Assisi.
    Dort haben wir einen kleinen Stein gefunden und haben uns gleich aufgemacht in die Altstadt. Wieder ganz viele Höhenmeter mit den Bikes nach oben.
    Sehr beeindruckend das Franziskaner Kloster. Natürlich mussten wir noch bis ganz nach oben auf die Burg.
    Am Rückweg in "la Laterna" sehr lecker gegessen.
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    Anneliese Teifel

    Kann es nicht vertuschen , bin etwas neidisch. Unser einzige gute Pizzeria hat Urlaub!!!! A T Ludersdorf

    9/4/20Reply
     
  • Day346

    Day 347: Assisi

    January 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Time to head in and explore Assisi. Although the place we'd booked suggested it was walking distance to town, the "20 minutes to the walls" looked a bit optimistic on Google Maps, and besides - the basilica we wanted to see was at the far end so even further away. In the end we just drove.

    Parked underground in an enormous parking lot (Assisi is heavily visited by pilgrims and is well set up to cater for them), then walked up to where the basilica is. Assisi is famous as the home of St Francis, founder of the Franciscan order of monks, patron saint of Italy and one of the most important saints in Christianity.

    The basilica here is actually two basilicas, one directly on top of the other which is quite unusual! We bought our tickets and headed first into the lower basilica, which had a fairly low roof and was very quiet and sombre. Descended into the crypt to see where St Francis's remains are buried - interestingly, he died in 1226 and was buried here shortly afterwards, but when the city was threatened by a Saracen army his tomb was hidden and only rediscovered in the 19th century.

    Lots of impressive artwork in the lower basilica, a nice courtyard outside and then a climb into the upper basilica. This was much taller and lighter with more windows, and brighter paintings too. Also quite interesting, and a bit more enjoyable since it wasn't as full of groups as downstairs. Unfortunately you can't take photos inside either basilica, so it's going to be a fairly ordinary video.

    Done with the basilicas, we wandered through the old town which was actually quite nice - very well maintained and looked after, unlike many places in Italy. They obviously get a lot of pilgrims here, so it's probably one of the wealthiest spots in the country.

    Headed down the hill onto the plains below, to check out an unusual spot - a church within a church. A large basilica in a square from the 17th century contains the original little hut where St Francis began his preaching amongst other things. Not quite sure how they built around it, or whether it was moved etc, but still quite interesting to see. It also has the chapel of the Transit, where Francis eventually died.

    Again, no photos, so difficult to really give an idea of the place! But it's interesting - it actually feels much more like a spiritual place than a tourist destination. And it feels quite connected to St Francis as well, since although he died 800 years ago, it feels comparatively recent in a weird way.

    We also checked out a monastery on the outskirts of town that had a connection to St Francis as well. Maybe one of the monasteries he set up for Franciscans? I can't quite remember. Anyway it was clearly off the tourist route and very quiet - only us and a couple of others there.

    Done for the day, we headed home and chilled out for the rest of the afternoon/evening.
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    Trish Forrester

    The inside must look a bit strange!

    2/4/18Reply
     
  • Day9

    The hermitage of St. Francis

    September 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Cloudy but not much rain. We've learned that parts of Italy had flooding, loss of power and loss of life -- seen from that perspective, our yesterday experience was not really that bad. We found out that this was the first time in ten years that rain forced the cancellation of the walking part of a tour. I can verify that the footing can be treacherous and slippery on the paths so I'm glad they were being careful. We did tour St. Francis Hermitage, got a very good guided tour of the Basilica, and spent time walking around the city.

    Since I am limited to 6 photos in each post I will focus on the Hermitage in this one and add a second one for Assisi.

    Francis had the option to become a wealthy silk merchant through inheritance. Initially it looked like this would be his path. He led a high-spirited life and fought as a soldier for Assisi against the neighboring power of Perugia. But beginning in 1204 he had a series of visions that directed him to "Save the church". At first he thought the task was physical and began working on a small chapel in the valley. Latter he realized his task was more universal. Embracing poverty he and his small band of followers selected this site to contemplate in peace and serenity.
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    Barbara Beach

    Looks like a beautiful and very serene place. Assume there was a chapel or church there? Will have to Google it and see. So sorry about the rain - do hope you get some walks in before you have to go back to

    9/13/17Reply
    Barbara Beach

    Rome!

    9/13/17Reply
     
  • Day9

    Assisi

    September 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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.
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    todd richards

    We have talked together about saint Francis of Assisi before. Nice church!

    9/13/17Reply
    Barbara Beach

    Great photo!

    9/13/17Reply
    Barbara Beach

    So sorry you didn't find the church you remember but nice your old house still remains and you were able to find it.

    9/13/17Reply
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  • Day6

    Assisi. All creation and eras praise.

    April 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    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.
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    Joy Marshall

    so special to be there alone

    5/3/17Reply
     
  • Day14

    Assisi

    September 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Haut si mir vun der Amalfiküst bis op Assisi gefuer. Vun ënnerwee gëtt et keng Biller, d'Fotografin hat Paus 😉.

    Als éischt awer mol d'Vue aus dem Zëmmer déi ech iech net virenthale wollt....

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