Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Tempietto di Clitunnus and Fonti del Clitunno…

Between Trevi and our farmhouse apartment were two historic sites worth visiting. The Tempietto was at first thought to be a Roman temple. Eventually it was found to be an 8th century Christian church. It was built with ancient Roman columns and other architectural parts from ancient buildings. The frescoes inside date to the 8th century which makes them some of the oldest in Umbria.

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The Fonti del Clitunno is a spring named after the river god and oracle Clitunnus who was thought to live in the waters. (The area is nice for picnics and has a fine restaurant and gelato bar.) It is said that the springs were used by Claudius and Caligula and have been considered sacred ever since. It is a small lake with lots of bird life. There is a movie! First the temple and then the springs and feathered friends!

Next will be Orvietto…


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Pont Julien and Lourmarin…

Toward the end of our stay in Provence we visited Pont Julien a Roman bridge of great beauty, longevity, and no mortar. The niches you see are not for statues. When the water rises, they allow it to flow through. A testament to Roman building and engineering and why the bridge is still there for us to enjoy.
After visiting the bridge, we drove down a steep winding road to find Lourmarin. Coming toward us were about 300 Porches on a car club outing. They were having a great time flexing their muscles and power on the curves. We kept wondering about their risk taking with passing since they were coming right at us. We survived, luckily, so we could meet a cat that looked like Cliff…or at least a brother from another mother! Make the video full-screen by clicking the arrows in the lower right hand corner.