Blogs from Assisi, Umbria, Italy, Europe - page 3


Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi June 18th 2010

Geo: 43.0702, 12.6175Another big day! Assisi is about 90 minutes away, so we decided to go. We arrived in town (after a short play at the park) through the gates and into the Basilica di Santa Chiara (St. Clare's). St Clare was the friend of St Francis, who founded the Poor Clare's convent at the same time as he founded the Franciscan monks (early 13th century). The church was lovely, and its main attraction was the crucifix (which has been moved from St Damiano's in the olive groves) upon which the painted Christ is said to have bowed his head in sadness and asked Francis to rebuild His church. We also saw the burial place of St Clare, and robes that she and Francis had each worn. Georgia was delighted – no gory bits of saints ... read more
Assisi, from Basilica San Chiara
In Assisi

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 20th 2010

HE SAID... We woke at 6am in preparation for our 7.30am bus trip to Assisi. A powerful espresso at the hotel jump-started us for the windy bus trip through the Umbrian hills to Perugia. After a quick stopover at the Perugia bus depot we continued on to Assisi, arriving in Santa Maria degli Angeli (a small town about 4km from the old Assisi township) at 10am. Seriously short of underwear, we scouted Santa Maria degli Angeli for a self-service laundry before catching a bus to St Francis’ hometown. We wandered the streets of Assisi with busloads of bored (yet playful) students on enforced school trips, lunched on pizza and red wine and were awestruck by the panoramic views and claustrophobic corridors of the Rocca Maggiore. One of the many things I’ve inherited from my father is ... read more
lion of santa chiara
little chapel for santa chiara

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 11th 2010

***This blog was written a week ago, but we haven't had internet until now. There is a lot to be caught up on, including some changes to our travel plans, which we will hopefully update you on soon... Two days ago, Tim and I met Tim's parents, Steve and Marilyn, at the Florence airport. We had been looking forward to their visit for quite some time - it is Steve's first time overseas ever, and Marilyn's first time in Europe since she was in her twenties (so 10 years ago), when she went on a biking trip with her friend in the UK. This was their first time to a country speaking a different language, living a different life, in a very different part of the world. They are with us as we discover Italy - ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 9th 2010

Geo: 43.0702, 12.6175 GÜN 11 Günlerden hala Pazar Saat 15.00 te Kursaal kampımızdan Assisi'ye doğru yola çıktık. Burası kampa 40 km mesafede. Perugia'yı geçip yola devam ettik. Nermin yolda sapıttı. Allahtan nereye gideceğimizi görüyoruz . Dolasıyla Nermin'i fazla sallamadan yola devam ediyoruz.(Nermin bizim GPS Garmin dir). Önce Ayşe'yi meydana bırakıp çakallık edip Şahbazı beleş bir yere koydum. Sonra vazgeçtim, giderse her şey gidecek bu riski almaya değmez buldum ve dönüp arabayı parka soktum. Assisi meydanının altı olduğu gibi park... zira şehir içinde park edecek kibrit boyu büyüklüğünde yer yok. Assisi ,tam anlamıyla mücevher gibi korunmuş bir orta çağ kenti. Yani bir orta çağ kentinde ne ararsan var. Önce hakim bir tepeye kurulmuş. Etrafınd... read more
Assisi Amblemi
Assisi kapısında
San Fransisco ya doğru

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi March 18th 2010

En el centro del país se encuentra esta ciudad que se caracteriza por ser una ciudad marcadamente religiosa. Lamentablemente Assisi, en italiano, fue azotada por un terremoto un tiempo antes de visitarla, por lo que muchos de lus lugares estaban en reconstrucción o no estaban habilidatados para los turistas. Sus angostras calles, típicamente italianas, sus muchas iglesias y sus construcciones clásicas llamaban poderosamente la atención de quienes visitabamos esta pequeña ciudad. Cada una de sus iglesias estaban llenas de pequeños detalles en oro o algun material precioso o simplemente en concreto y debo decir que me impresiono la perfección que todos estos detalles que por muy mínimos que fueses se buscaba la perfección en ellos para así buscar la redención. Interesante manera de querer ganarse el cielo a través de lo material. Hermoso resultado en todo ... read more
En una esquina - On a corner

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi October 25th 2009

First of all, my apologies for dropping off the face of the earth. Well, not literally, but kinda. Since my last entries I've been from Berlin to Warsaw to Krakow to Prague to Rome (seen my sister!)... and have spent the last two weeks exploring Italy. So what happened? Well, I LOST my 8 GB memory card with a lot of photos from Berlin, all from Poland and Prague and most from Rome. I arrived in Assisi on Oct 24th to stay at the Franciscan Guesthouse MacK told me all about (yes, nuns!) I told the sisters about my missing memory card and one of them suggested I pray to St. Anthony, the saint of lost things. I thought about it for a moment, then suggested she pray for me since she probably has a better ... read more
Assisi from afar
It rained the whole ride there (obviously mourning the memory card)
But then...

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi July 14th 2009

On day 4 of our trip (June 5), we took a day trip to Assisi. What an enchanting little hill town! As our train pulled into the station, we saw the prominent town, nestled into the hill...very green and pretty. Not only is it a major pilgrimage site, but it's such a serene and friendly town, surrounded by scenic countryside. From the station, we took a bus that went up the hill and into town. After visiting several basilicas and walking around town on the quaint cobble stoned streets, we had a lunch break in a pizzeria. The food was noticeably more fresh and tasty than in Rome... or we were just high on our beautiful surroundings...whatever it was, lunch was great. We meandered through town visiting more basilicas and stopping off here and there to ... read more
views of the glorious countryside from Assisi
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St. Fransis Basilica

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 24th 2009

Jeff and I had to switch trains to go to Assisi. Once again, we had to ride a bus into the town of Assisi. Fortunately, our hotel, Hotel Berti, was located just inside the city walls. We got into our room and since no one was there yet we decided to walk up the hill to the Basilica of St. Francesco. Jeff and I walked all around the Basilica and viewed the lower church as well as the upper church as well as the tombs below where St. Francis is entombed. The entire Basilica was covered with frescoes and all types of carved wood and rock. The floors were tiled. Thinking that Carla and Don could have arrived by now we returned to our hotel to wait for them. They arrived soon thereafter as well as ... read more
Dinner on rooftop

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 8th 2009

Hello Ms. Wallwork's class.. I am putting pictures up JUST for you guys so you better feel special :) Italy is great.. (Obviously). It is so beautiful and I have been able to see sooo much! Enjoy the pictures guys:) I wish I had more time to write but I have to get up and get ready for my last day in Italy! :( I've included pictures from all the places I have been to in Italy-Venice, Florence, Rome, and little Assisi ( Uh-see-see) See you soon!!... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 7th 2009

On Thursday we drove to Assisi and Cortona. We wanted to do more but Assisi took time to reach and we spent more time there than expected. It was the prettiest town we have seen. Very clean. The balconies of the homes all have flowers and they have a competition once a year for the best front door-balcony. We walked thru the town and made our way to the Basilica of St. Francis. For those of you that dont know, St. Francis taught equality between man, woman and animal thru Gods teachings. He is the Saint in the brown robe and usually has birds around him. The Basilica was really pretty and on the edge of the hill town. His tomb is in the lower Basilica which was amazing to see. Several people make a pilgrimage ... read more
St. Francis
Cortona Cemetary

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