After spending maybe two hours at Carceri (by the way, the cab drivers will tell you "You only need 30 minutes! I will wait!") Ted suggested that we stop on our way down the hill at Gli Eremi for cappuccinos and a snack. The inside was packed but the sweetest Italian couple offered to share their table right outside which was so much nicer and more memorable. They were from Civitanova in The Marche region and had come to spend the day together in Assisi. They were very friendly and seriously adorable.
It's amazing the people you meet on your travels and just how open and wonderful people are. (Especially in a place like Italy!) This was just another example. Our little snack turned into beautiful antipasto, wonderful bread and wine and fabulous boar stew and best of all, fantastic company.
Turns out it was Mother's Day! We'd almost forgotten until Lonedana (in the sunglasses!) reminded us. She was so such a sweetheart. She said, "From the Italian Mamma to the American Mamma" and pulled a butterfly ornament out of her handbag and gave it to my Mom. I thought they might both burst into tears. It was such a sweet moment. That's our new friend Ted from Sidney in the middle and as you might have guessed, my parents on this side of the table. (I had only temporarily spaced out, my Mom's Mother's Day card was safely tucked away in my suitcase. Shockingly I had thought ahead!)