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Today was planned to provide some much needed respite to some tired feet. We jigsawed the luggage into the car, and off we went. Our first stop was the currently-under-construction temple in northeastern Rome. I was hoping it would be further along, but since the 2 spires are still under construction we didn't bother to turn around after I missed the turn off.
We headed north, planning to drive through the Tuscan hills to Siena, then on to spend ...
... English), and then stopped again by an older nun who asked how far the procession was away from the station which was located outside her doorway (or at least that is what Graham thinks she was asking). Again he did his best to excuse the language barrier and convey what little he could. Realizing that he had easily beat the procession to the Duomo, he set off up toward the Rocca to take some night shots of the Ponte delle Torri. Back at the Duomo, ...
... in the souvenir shops.
As with so many of our adventures, the religious and secular sites intersect in odd and surprising ways. Outside the Basilica di San Chiara, we came across an old-fashioned carousel, so for a couple of euros, we all got on and had a ride. Except photographer Graham -- someone had to document riding a 19th century carousel in a medieval town in front a church build in the 13th century!
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 ...
... It was a interesting find. We learned too that it was wise Graham only used his foot to adjust the line since they have hairs that sting and can cause rashes and allergic reactions. Don't mess with the lowly catepillar!
We did find the video store after all. Just around the corner from our place in the end. So tonight's feature: Peabody and Sherman. We figured since they go back in time and meet Leonardo di Vinci that it was still a part of their educational programming...