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... anyway so it was only as we were descending that I did a "very Italian park" in order to take a few snaps.
Meaning, up and onto the pedestrian path, two wheels and a bit still on the road, requiring the kind Italian drivers to manouvre around me. Oh, it's done all the time and it was only for two minutes, maximum!
The difficulty in driving was evident in the time taken to negotiate 28kms, almost one hour. The GPS confirmed that so we knew ...
... I felt like the boys during the war must have felt when a parcel arrived from "home". The pictures say it all! Thanks Dad. Note, Dad even sent peanut butter in both styles, smooth and crunchy! He must have picked up on my "severity of situation" because postage cost, sit down all, $95.70....I owe you big time Dad!
" No greater love hath a father for his daughter"! Only took eleven days ...
Today began early with a 5am wake up call. We were packed, boarded, and on the road by 6:30 headed to Assisi. A three hour nap later we arrived in the beautifully peaceful city. Late morning we had tours of St. Francis church ending at his tomb. After we spent some time there we headed to the hotel to check in and get lunch. Italians eat a lot of carbs, which don't fill you up for very long, so by the time we say down to lunch I was starving. I had some ...
... teachers wandered into the piazza. Followed shortly after by civic officials, flags, banner and wreaths.
As luck would have it, just outside the hairdressers, there is a plague erected on the wall, commemorating "Panicale's fallen" during First and Second World Wars
When the officials arrived they all gathered in front of this plague, right outside the hairdresser's!
Of course, we couldn't understand the words but certainly ...
... in and quick dinner - and early to bed. Well, such are the plans of mice and men.....several bottles of Umbrian red later (well....we had to say goodbye!), ALL the left overs of which there was enough for the entire village...and several hours of going through the photos and blog and laughing ourselves hoarse...we ended up with about three hours sleep to begin our 35 plus hours of return travel.
But as they say in the Classics.....you only live once.