Patras to Assisi, Italy

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July 18th 2017
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Patras, Greece to Ancona to Assisi, Italy

Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (24)Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (24)Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (24)

Those who cant afford a cabin are allowed to sleep on the floor or on deck.
July 18 Tuesday

Slept in for the first time since we left England. But of course that's 7:30 for me. I took my time getting ready for breakfast and even played some Candy Crush and Fairway Solitaire for a bit. Breakfast was not ideal. No buffet. Choice of over easy, hard, or omelet for egg choices. I went with the omelette. Imagine my surprise to find french fries mixed inside the omelette. They must've used the leftover french fries from yesterday's dinner. LOL. Then they offered really under cooked bacon and long hotdog looking sausages. Once again think God for bread rolls. They had juice on the table but I didn't care for it. When I asked for water they told me I couldn't get a glass of water but I could buy a bottle. After the light breakfast I then headed to the main lounge to find a nice spot to work on my photographs for the next eight hours. We had access to our cabins but I didn't want to sit in my room by myself for the whole trip. The lounge was pretty empty. So I picked a spot by the window. I was happily working along until a group of six very loud people decide to come into the lounge and of course they had to sit near me. So I got up and moved to the middle of the room where I found another plug. Another hour later they opened up the bar of the lounge and then it got too noisy, so I left her my room. I grabbed a spinach pie pastry to take back to the room to have as a snack for lunch. About 3 I left and headed back to the main lounge where we will be meeting before departure. Unfortunately the ferry was behind schedule arriving to Ancona, Italy so we sat in the lounge until 6.

Ancona is one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea, especially for passenger traffic, and is the main economic and demographic centre of the region. We waited another half an hour until our bus was taken off the ferry. There was a little rest room available for us. The men's restroom did not have toilets they had to squat over a hole if they needed to use the restroom. My best friend had warned me about those. Luckily the women's restroom had normal restroom stalls.

We boarded the bus and left Ancona, Italy and headed toward Assisi for the night. I had said I never wanted to visit Italy other than to see Venice. But the drive from Ancona to Assisi was beautiful. First, we got a great view of the Adriatic Sea as we travel along the coast. Then we passed many old stone farm houses and villages. We then entered into a mountainous range of pine trees. The road that we traveled did have quite a bit of road work on it. They were building new lanes so that each road would have two lanes instead of just one lane. Lots of tunnels were being built.

Assisi is a town and comune of Italy in the Province of Perugia in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Monte Subasio. It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death. The 19th-century Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows was also born in Assisi. UNESCO collectively designated the Franciscan structures of Assisi as a World Heritage Site in 2000.

We arrived at the Grand Hotel Assisi about 8:30. We didn't have time to go to our rooms because they were closing the dining room at 9 o'clock. So we took or carry-on luggage with us to the dining room. I have the additional burden of the extra large suitcase that I had bought. It was uncomfortable walking into a really nice dining area last while everyone turned their heads and watch me come in. The food was really good pasta. I had spinach ravioli, tortellini with tomato sauce, and spaghetti. I tried a little bit of the desert but I didn't really care for and I try to eat a bean and cereal soup as my final course. My room is 510 which is actually the second floor. The hotel has two levels below the ground level and two levels above so if you count from the bottom I'm on the fifth floor. The room is very nice and fortunately the AC is not working properly. They did provide a fan but it barely blows the air so I used my large black fan that I brought with me to help me sleep.

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