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The only real stop I wanted to make on this trip was to see my father's home town of Sora, just 1.5 hours outside of Rome. My father came to Canada when he was 9, and so his family and heritage has been with him ever since. The community of Italians ( eye talians for you English pple out there..lol) in Toronto is big and I spent many years celebrating the food, culture and traditions of the Sora people. The last was time I was there was when I was 9, and I do remember it. And luckily for ...
... seamlessly into a place of worship, rest, and reflection. There is church and chapel, courtyards and overlooks, all with charms to be enjoyed. There is a museum and café as well. They are very strict with the hours and at 1:30 they throw everyone out until after a lunch time break and then they reopen at 4:00. We knew we would be returning with friends and family many times so we started ...
... time for me.
There are 2 epitaphs or inscriptions at the cemetery
The first reads:
Passer-by, go tell Poland that we have perished obedient to her service
Whilst the 2nd reads:
For Our Freedom and Yours
We Soldiers of Poland Gave
Our Soul to God
Our Life to the Soil of Italy
Our Hearts ...
On the coach again by 7.45am as we have an early booking to visit the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Just as we'll we have priority booking as the line to get in was miles long, there is no way we would stand in line that long. The heat would be unbearable waiting, it was bad enough just walking around with our guide Amelia and she tried to stand us in the shade as much as possible. Words can't describe what we saw, I'll just ...
... Nazis based there.
Fearing the Germans were using the abbey as part of a defensive line it was bombed and destroyed, which didnt go down too well at the Vatican and turned out to make the battle harder.
The abbey was rebuilt after the war and nearby there is a Polish war cemetary as they fought alongside the Allies. ...
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