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.
Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
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 …
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!
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