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... by my co-pilot.
We got back to the parking lot where the nice lady informed us that we owed an extra Euro, and then we descended and were off. All of us agreed that this place that we’d stumbled into, totally unplanned, would likely be the highlight of the trip.
We roamed through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, and I think that all of us (the adults at least) were a little sad that we wouldn’t have more time to spend ...
... we found Assisi to be a peaceful and spiritual place. Although written 800 years ago, the words of St. Francis' prayer continue to be relevant and worthy of reflection....
"Make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy....."
Yesterday morning we rented a car and drove through the rolling hills of Tuscany into Umbria and the charming town of Assisi. In the year 1200, a simple friar from Assisi countered the decadence of Church government, and society in general, with a powerful message of non-materialism. Francis forsook his wealthy family and taught by example, living a life without worldly goods and aiming to love all ...
Orvieto...we don't want to leave!
We had a lovely week and a half hanging out here. In Rome it was about the sites and history. In Orvieto it has been about the people and slowing down. We met really wonderful people here and that made Orvieto feel more like home.
First of all, Susan from Santa Barbara shared her home with us. Then, Victoria took us all around and introduced us to all her Italian friends ...
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