Italy, October 30

Sunday, October 30th

Left the farmhouse early, and started driving to Assisi.  We made a detour into Asciano to go to Mass at the Basilica di Sant’Agata.  We had just enough time to make it to Mass, but Google Maps took us to the Asciano Train Station instead of the church.  We parked, got out and then walked to that wrong place.  Even though we were fairly close to our intended destination, the station had us trapped in.  We had to load up the van again (kids, stroller, you know) and drive to the church and secure parking again.  We made it and attended another Mass in Italian.  After some time spent getting Claire under control, we were on our way to Assisi.

Basilica di Sant'Agata in Asciano

The Basilica di Sant’Agata in Asciano, where we attended Sunday Mass

As luck would have it, this is the day that Daylight Savings Time ended in Italy, but not in the US, so the time difference between here and home changed.  Up to this point, we were 9 hours ahead of Seattle time in Italy.  Starting the morning of October 30th, we were only 8 hours ahead, and this confused us.  Our devices that don’t automatically update the time based on location (like my Kindle) now showed a different time difference.  And, of course, the clocks in the VRBO’s we stayed at weren’t changed.  We never really figured out what happened until we got back home.  Of course, we landed back in the US on the day that DST ended in America, so there was still some confusion.

The Facade of Chiesa Nuova in Assisi at Sunset

The Facade of Chiesa Nuova in Assisi at Sunset

We reached Assisi in the afternoon and walked the length of the town.  We stayed just outside the south end, below the Porta Nuova.  It’s a long, tiring walk up that hill to the gate.  Assisi itself is pretty hilly, and there were a lot of stairs to navigate with the big, heavy stroller.  At Porta Nuova, you are at the complete opposite end of Assisi from the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi.  We walked to that other end because Valerie would not be staying with us for this portion of the trip.  Instead, she had a room at the Instituto Beata Angelina, which is a convent directly across from the Saint Francis of Assisi Basilica.

This is probably the prettiest taxi stop I've ever seen. It's across the street from the Basilica of St. Francis, and I was waiting out there right at sunset.

This is probably the prettiest taxi stop I’ve ever seen. It’s across the street from the Basilica of St. Francis, and I was waiting out there right at sunset.

We had a fabulous dinner in Assisi that night.  Literally none of the restaurants in Assisi open for dinner until 7:00 pm, so we had to wander around awhile.

View of the basilica di San Francesco from a hill on a side street in Assisi

View of the basilica di San Francesco from a hill on a side street in Assisi

We were cold and tired and hungry, but we eventually got sat in a back room that we had almost to ourselves.  Joining us in that room was a large baptism party.  Their table setting, their fancy clothes and the people in general were all beautiful.

Table setting for someone's special baptism celebration dinner

Table setting for someone’s special baptism celebration dinner

Tomassino, trooper that is was, was so tired at dinner he fell asleep on my arm as I reached across to give him something to eat.  Gabbie ended up carrying him out of the restaurant.  We parted ways with Valerie that night and made the long walk back down to our apartment.

Gabbie carrying a very tired Tomassino out of the restaurant

Gabbie carrying a very tired Tomassino out of the restaurant

Next:  October 31st (Assisi)

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