Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Our trip to Umbria last October included two weeks staying on an organic farm and taking day trips to a variety of towns. Some were very small, but the largest, Assisi, was the last day trip we took before leaving our apartment and driving for six and one-half hours north to Venice for a third week on our trip. Assisi was the largest population-wise but also had the largest geographic footprint. We parked in a structure on one edge of the town and then during the course of the day walked the length of it in order to see the largest Basilica on the opposite side. Unfortunately, for us, the going was downhill and the finding the car again was all uphill. It was an exhausting day, but very beautiful.

With this post I can tie up the strings of this trip (just in time). I actually have tons more photos of Venice. As TM was deleting them from the camera roll he remarked, “Does having 3,000 photos of Venice on a camera roll mean that that is the most picturesque place we have been?” Well, yes…but they will be for another time. I did some blogging about Venice at the time of the trip and that is enough for now.

Here is a short version of Assisi…

From the car park we passed by the rear side of the Romanesque Assisi Cathedral. Started in 1140 and finished in 1253 its entrances are guarded by lions and griffins, some held together by metal splints…

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Making our way downward to the Piazza del Comune and its fountain graced by lions from the 16th century…

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The Torre del Popolo (People’s Tower) from 1305 next to the Temple of Minerva…


The Temple of Minerva is an ancient Roman building from the 1st Century BC. It currently houses the Church Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The facade is the ancient Roman building and the interior was renovated in baroque style in the 17th century.

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The stroll through a commercial area…

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To the Basilica di Santa Chiara begun in 1257. This building really fascinated me because its buttresses seemed so modern in their shape, but they are really old.

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The view over the side on this level…

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Then past the Chiesa Nuova from 1615. Built in the Rennaisance style on the site of the presumed birthplace of St. Francis…

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Continuing down the elevation with our stroll…

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I love this…ruins with a tree growing out of the top…what bird dropped that seed?


At last, the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi completed in 1253…



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Then, back up the hill to find our car…

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This was a day of many Fiats…

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That was the trip. Now that it is wrapped up I can go on to the next one. Have emptied all the camera rolls so I won’t run out of space. Have purchased new music for soundtracks from Vimeo so I don’t bore you to tears with my Videos. The laundry is done so the suitcases can be packed. It is almost lift-off…





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