Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last December in Assisi ~ My Last Day in Umbria

Basilica of San Francesco

The sun was shining on my last full day, in Assisi. It was December the 12th, 2012.

I headed to the Basilica for a last look, and to enjoy the life sized nativity. The first time I saw it, it was dark and at first glance, I thought that people were standing on the lawn … 

Isn't it amazing?

Here is Friar Alessandro, who I'd seen in concert, at the beginning of my stay in Assisi. He sings Ave Maria,  in Shepherd's Fields, Bethlehem, for his new Christmas Album "Voice of Joy."

Christmas is not a time nor a season,
but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill,
to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
~Calvin Coolidge

Piazza Commune

Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer
and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale

How delicious do all these pastries look?! Unfortunately, I generally would eat so much at my meals I never made it to dessert! Next time!

In Piazza Commune, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva ...

The morning I left Assisi … 

If you missed the Assisi Christmas Festa posts, and want to check them out, click here and here.

One more song, from Friar Alessandro, in Bethlehem …

As always, it was difficult to leave a place that I love so much and feel so connected to. But, I was off on a great new adventure. I was headed to see my friend Vincenzo, in Genoa!

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories
and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year 
for having, in spirit,become a child again at Christmas-time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Loree said...

I am sure that when I go to Assisi (because I know that I have to go) i will love it and I am not going to want to leave.

Joop Zand said...

A wonderful post again from Asissi,
it's a lovely place in Umbriƫ.

thanks for sharing Lucinda.

Greetings, Joop

jmac said...

I,too, spent a whole month in Assisi last yr...October. Fell completely in love with the landscape and the people. I recognize every single place in your images and now my heart is warm....again. Thanks for the memory.

donna baker said...

Bravo, Lucinda, for a wonderful look into Assisi and your travels there. You found the essence of Assisi and experienced so much there. Loved it.

jmac said...

have been reading your other posts...amazing. I commented on another one that I was the first person to stay in Anne's apt and that Franca and I became best friends!! Do you, by chance, have her email? I seem to have lost it in my travels..would love to write her and catch up...
Would have loved to have been in assisi during the Christmas season!!

Nancy Kay said...

The Nativity scene looks real. Wow. That's so neat. Your other pictures are simply beautiful and so inviting. Sure makes one want to visit this area at Christmas looks so magical. Thanks for the tour!

Theresa said...

Absolute magic!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you!!!! I miss it but it's fun to look back and to share. Thanks for coming by and for commenting!!!