* In case you don't know this, Dr. Hunter is Charleston Southern University's president and I felt that in honor of his holiday he needed to attend our trip as well
Assisi, while a gorgeous place with great Tuscan views, didn't make it to the top of the list for my favorite places that we visited in Italy.
However, I did learn that St. Francis stripped down naked in the middle of town to announce his separation from his father. That, I found entertaining (especially since there is a fresco of his great act.)
We sang mass here, at St. Francis' Basilica.
And it's really too bad we didn't get to see St. Claire The Musical.
I'm sure it's going to have great ratings.
That's about it for Assisi
Many a thing made me fall in love with Florence.
the leather market...(the most beautiful jackets you've ever seen)
(I've spared you a close-up)
Just so you know, this man won me my paper plate award of
Most Likely to Become Distracted by Marble Body Parts.
this nice tradition
People have placed locks representing their bonds to their love on the Ponte Vecchio
This guy too
And the opportunity to reenact a scene from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi where a troubled girl threatens to throw herself from the Ponte Vecchio into the river if her rather refuses to let her marry
only to walk a mile in the wrong direction back to the obscure Baptist church where we were performing (and might I mention that hours of hot sun and forced marching add up to some quite wonderful singing...only by the grace of God, I'm sure!)