Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gliding along the canals of Venice in a gondola ..

… sipping champagne, all the while being serenaded by a duo of musicians¬† ūüôā Enjoy the ride with us as we¬†glide through the canals, narrow and wide, between¬†beautiful old buildings and¬†under bridges I must add here, that Don and Jeanne … Continue reading

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Venice .. here we come !

After lunch at Ravenna we were back on the highway again making our way to Venice.¬† It didn’t take long.¬†¬†¬† Flat farmland … ¬†and plenty of water.¬† Well, we were on our way to Venice, a city built on a … Continue reading

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Marvellous mosaics …. in Ravenna/Classe

A short history and background : ” Ravenna rose to power in the 1st century BC under the Emperor Augustus, who built a port and naval base at nearby Classe.¬† As Rome’s power declined, Ravenna was made the capital of … Continue reading

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Picturesque Italian countryside ..

.. en route to Venice via Ravenna¬†from Assisi in Umbria, through the Appenine Mountains to the Emilia-Romagna region An early start from Assisi ….¬† ¬†but not before¬†snapping a¬†rose or two¬†from the grounds of our hotel .. The highway followed¬†a portion … Continue reading

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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ..

… and the tiny tiny church within it’s walls !! Not far from our hotel, Cenacolo, is the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli which was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 … Once inside, photographs were … Continue reading

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Basilica di San Francesco : Assisi

“‘The Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, was begun¬†in 1228, two years after the saint’s death and¬†is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor – commonly known as the Franciscan Order – in Assisi, the … Continue reading

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Connor turned 7 yesterday !!

SEVEN !!! ¬†¬† All the littlies are no longer littlies!!!¬†¬† Jeanette organised a ten-pin bowling party .. it was a hit!¬†¬† ¬†¬† Children and adults alike cheered in delight when pins fell !!! I made my usual ‘Granny Speciality Choccie … Continue reading

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A night’s stay at a Franciscan convent .. Assisi

Hotel Cenacolo is a renovated¬†Franciscan convent and pilgrims hostel in Santa Maria degli Angeli, the¬†‘ lower town’¬†¬†of Assisi … and over the car park, road and fields beyond .. Attached to a ‘ before’¬† photograph of the convent and pilgrims … Continue reading

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Motoring thro’ Italian countryside ..

.. from Monte Cassino to Assisi ..¬† and taking photographs en route .. hence reflections from windows (and a bluish tinge) and¬†some pics not up to standard ūüėȬ† ¬†…¬† it was lovely to see the central Italian countryside¬† …¬† hilly, … Continue reading

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Monte Cassino War Memorial

The Monte Cassino War Memorial is situated in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139kms SE of Rome.¬† 1 km away, standing on a hill is the Abbey of Monte Cassino. ¬† Abbey on Monte Cassino .. In 1943 … Continue reading

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