La Mia Bella Italia - part II
Trip Start May 31, 2006
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Not only this, but Lanciano is thought to be the birth place of Longinus, the Roman centurion who thrust the spear into Jesus' side and then repented, so Lanciano actually means "of the spear". These magnificent details made a seemingly quiet and unimportant Italian city become the gleam in my eye.
As we entered the city I wasn't too impressed: unkempt buildings and houses, rusty train tracks, dirty streets and old shops. I was waiting for the magic that I had read about, the old center of the city, the 5 million years of stories, the vestiges of old pagans and the modern flair of Christianity. I'm sure they were hiding behind the modern cement, bricks and pavements.....and I was sure to find them sooner or later.
So we got to Adriano's place where his folks greeted us with hugs and kisses as if we were their own kids, which made us feel right at home in no time. While the guys drank beer in the balcony, Adriano's mom and I drank tea in the kitchen while getting to know each other. I could tell right away we were going to be spoiled when she mentioned that they already knew we were vegetarian and had the menu all planned out for the weekend. Adriano's father is a professional chef, and although he's suffered some health issues which have prevented him from going back to work, he puts great effort and love into his dishes, which are made with wholesome healthy ingredients. Ed and I couldn't wait for dinner time.
We walked up the city walls overlooking the hills and other far away towns which at this time were only tiny lights floating in the dark, like fireflies. We bordered the walls, trying to keep warm from the icy cold winds. The small houses that were built upon the walls had the cutest
We could hear the soft taps of our steps echo on the silent streets in this town which was already fast asleep. Such tranquillity made us sleepy so we started heading back home, but before we stepped away from the old Lanciano city walls I took one deep breath of the cold hilltop breeze. I was looking forward to my deep sleep and smooth dreams.