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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Assisi - Through My Camera Lens




On April 22nd 1972 David and I got married and came to Italy for our honeymoon, as we had already developed a shared love of this beautiful country. We decided that we would like to celebrate this years special Ruby Wedding Anniversary and forty years of marriage quietly just the two of us.
We chose Assisi as somewhere we would like to spend a few days. We spent two nights there at the Hotel Pallotta which I have posted about specifically on my Travel Tales blog. It was the perfect choice, not very far away from us to drive but rather than do a tourists rush exploration we had time to stroll around and soak up the atmosphere, which I hope to share with you via this selection of photographs. We did visit a couple of other Umbrian towns on the way to Assisi and on the way home again which I hope may be the subjects of other posts sometime.


If you are interested in more photos from the weekend they can be viewed in my Flickr Albums Umbria Weekend - April 2012 



                                                                Hotel Pallotta

Assisi is a town and local commune (council area), in the province of Perugia in the region of Umbria on the western slopes of Monte Subasio at 400 metres. The town is built of white and rose coloured stone and has retained its charm for many centuries with its narrow steep and winding roads. Despite the many tourists, wander away from the main areas and you are taken back to another era.



Famous as the birthplace of St Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in Assisi in 1208 and St Clare who formed the Poor Sisters, later known as the Order of the Poor Clares.   Assisi contains many examples of  the genius and creativity of the human race stretching right back to the Middle Ages, so it is no surprise that since 2000 the town has been listed on Unesco's World Heritage List.
As mentioned earlier this collection of collages of my photos are casual shots taken during our wanderings so I have left them unlabelled for informality. The main tourist attractions are all easily identified from guidebooks in print and on-line for those of you not already familiar with the town. My intention is just to try and share some of the atmosphere via the photos not provide a historical or factual post.
There are plenty of sources for those of you that are interested in reading more about the history of Assisi, stating with Wikipedia and Assisi Online.











 That is the end of the Assisi tour as seen through the lens of my camera, which I hope has been of interest.


Assisi Coat of Arms with thanks to Wikipedia, the rest of the photos are my own from My Flickr Photo Albums Umbria Weekend - April 2012 


I have decided that I will also publish posts that are about our travel within Italy on my other blog Travel Tales as it is attracting a different selection of readers.

54 comments:

  1. You photos really capture the essence of the beautiful town. What a nice way to spend your Ruby Wedding Anniversary. We are looking forward to our Silver Anniversary next year.

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  2. Linda, how beautiful and ancient this city is. Happy Anniversary. hugs, olive

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  3. It's a very great and beautiful place. The number of flower sounds increasing. Happy Spring. :)

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  4. What a lovely place to celebrate 40 yrs of marriage, looks like you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing. xx

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  5. Beautiful photographs and Happy Anniversary!

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  6. Congratulations on your wedding day!
    I took the big trip and looked at all your absolutely beautiful pictures. It's very inspiring to enjoy your pictures.
    Thanks for a wonderful experience!I love Italy!

    :-) Dorthe

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  7. Congratulations! Lovely photographs.

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Your shots are amazing. What a beautiful place to spend some time in.

    Love that shot of the church with the word Pax in front of it.

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  9. I wonder how many hours you've spent playing with mosaics :)..or maybe just a few minutes considering that you've got a Flickr account :)
    (I deleted mine and now it's a nightmare each time I write a new post...luckily it doesn't happen so often :)
    Off to your travel blog now!
    x

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  10. Happy Anniversary. Assisi, as shown in your photos, looks magnificent. A sense of history just permeates everyday life.

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  11. Hi Linda,

    Once again, Congratulations on your anniversary.

    The hotel is definitely to die for, as are the stunning views, you just couldn't ask for more amazing scenery really.

    This would be our kind of break for sure, with all the history and architecture to see and experience and plenty of Al Fresco dining facilities to enjoy the local food ..... Heaven!!

    Yvonne

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  12. What a beautiful place to be for your anniversary.
    Happy Anniversary Linda!!

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  13. Nice pictures ... You certainly managed to capture all the beauty of this beautiful place, I love. Greetings.

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  14. Happy Anniversary to you both.
    Oh that is such a beautiful place and I love your pictures. I have to mark that down as somewhere else I would love to visit. I've never been to Italy but have always really fancied visiting there.

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  15. You've captured some really nice images that bring back memories from our 2006 trip to Italy (Tuscany/Umbria region). Thanks
    Leon and Sue.

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  16. So nice to hear from you and Happy Anniversary, ours is May 21. As I told you my daughter went to Italy last month and you should see my St. Anthony, he is so beautiful, I just love him. She will return there in March 2013, the priest from her parish is organizing the trip Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, wish I could be there. Hugs...Lu

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  17. Many congratulations on your Ruby wedding anniversary! Your photos will provide you with wonderful memories for the future.

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  18. Happy Anniversary. Your pictures are all beautiful! The first one is especially a favorite for me. I just love the look of the architecture in it. Hugs.

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  19. So pleased that you had a wonderful Ruby Anniversary. The pictures of Assisi are charming. We went there several years ago, and it is just lovely to be reminded about how nice it is. Thank you.

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  20. Gorgeous shots, thanks for sharing these, it is like going to the adventure with you!! xxoo

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  21. Happy anniversary- What a milestone. Beautiful photos.

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  22. I loved your pictures. I recognized some of the sights from our trip a few years ago. I would love to return.

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  23. Oh Linda, I NEEDED these photos today. :-) Thank you for whisking me away from the little stresses that are overwhelming me, and reminding me of beautiful places that I can always carry with me in my heart. :-) XO

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  24. Linda,
    Congrats on your anniversary! How luck you are to get to spend it in such a beautiful place! Your photos are fabulous! Thanks for visiting!
    Rebecca

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  25. Happy 40th Anniversary to you and your husband Lindy. i loved going back to Assisi with you. We only spent a day there last June. Your pictures bring back memories of exploring the streets. We were disappointed that Santa Chiara was closed for the afternoon but enjoyed everything else about Assisi. I'll look forward to spending some time on your travel blog.

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  26. Magnificent pictures!
    Wonderful place to visit to celebrate the Ruby Wedding!
    Congratulations!
    Great buildings and fantastic architecture.
    I hope one day and get to visit Assisi.
    Thanks for sharing

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  27. Wow what wonderful pictures I love the close up of the horse and some beautiful buildings

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  28. What a nice place to spent for a 40 years of marriage anniversary, the hotel looks lovely. We married in 1969, so we are going to the 45 celebration, lol ! Nowadays it's almost a record with all the divorces around !

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  29. Congratulations on your Ruby anniversary! It's been a long time since I visited Assisi -- thanks for the great virtual tour! :-)

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  30. What a beautiful collection of photographs! Assisi is one of my favorite places on Earth because there is something so special & unexplainable in the air there. On our last trip there I captured similar images to come home to a "damaged card" and lost every single one of them (I have never recovered emotionally I tell ya!), so Grazie mille for sharing these gorgeous photos, it brings back special memories for us! This entry will surely be bookmarked!

    Congratulations on your special anniversary as well! Such a lovely place to celebrate! AUGURI ! XX

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  31. Lavender DreamerMay 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your latest post and photos of Assisi! The views and countryside is spectacular. I have always wanted to travel to that part of Italy.

    I got a warning tonight when I tried to comment so I wasn't able to comment. Would you send me the link to the travel blog you have started and I will try to visit it.

    Sweet hugs, Diane

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  32. Happy Anniversary.
    It's been many years since I was in Assisi, but I remember it as a warm and cloudy end-of-March day. There were no crowds at all, and we wandered at will - lovely memories! Thanks for reminding me of a wonderful holiday.

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  33. These are wonderful pictures that make me want to be in Assisi so much.
    The horse and rider statue and the monk are especially touching.
    Ciao!

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  34. What a wonderful city it is. We visited on a blazing hot day, but the view from outside the city was beautiful in a different way from yours.

    I would really love to go back. You look at everything and then so much of it vanishes from your brain....

    Or it does from mine. :) Your pictures just reminded me.

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  35. Lindy Lou, Congratulations on your Ruby Anniversary, that is quite an accomplishment these days.
    The photo-loge of Assisi is breathtaking. I feel like I am there. You have such a variety of shots one stays glued all the way through.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Blessings,

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  36. Congratulations on your special anniversary, how wonderful. I think your informal collage is a wonderful idea and you have beautifully captured the spirit of Assisi. I have travelled much of Italia as you know, but I have yet to go there on pilgrimage. It remains near the top of my list because of St Clare and St Francis.

    Once again, you have brightened up a dreary Irish evening for me and I shall dream of my beloved Italia tonight thanks to you X

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  37. What a lovely place to return to. It's on my list of places to visit. As always, your pictures are breathtaking.
    Ann

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  38. Your photos of Assisi are just gorgeous and make me practically desperate to come back to Italy. My favorite place I have ever been. Happy 40th wedding anniversary to you, and many more happy years together....years that are filled with adventure!!

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  39. what a peaceful mosaic....I can feel the peace
    through your camera
    and post:)
    thank you,
    Jennifer

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  40. Congrats on 40 years of marriage! We just celebrated 20 years and spent the weekend in Quebec City. Doesn't compare to where you've been but it's historical aspect appeals to our European roots.

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  41. Dear Linda, First, Congratulations to you both and Happy Anniversary! It is so wonderful that your early dreams of Italy are now realized in the lovely home you are creating together there.

    And your photos of Assisi are a delight! Having just returned from Italy, I am savoring each of these images.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    – g

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  42. Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary. Assisi looks like a lovely place. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  43. I have always wanted to travel to Italy and your photos make me want to go even more. That was a lovely place to celebrate your anniversary. Congratulations on your 40 years together.-------------Shannon

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  44. That Hotel is amazing!! Looks so beautiful! I love all the photos you took!Indeed it is a lovely place. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  45. Yes, terrible news that reaches us today from Italy with the earthquake disaster, my soladiridad with all concerned.

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  46. Hi Linda, I am trying to catch up again and your photos are just gorgeous.

    The news though from Italy has not been good, what with the bomb blast and then the earthquake. I hope the neither has effected you at all.

    Thanks so much for you kind thoughts and condolences, much appreciated. Diane

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  47. Beautiful photos and what a wonderful way to spend your 40th anniversary, congratulations. x

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  48. Congratulations yo you and your husband! Being married 40 years and now living in Italy. How marvelous.
    Your photos of Assisi is really breathtaking. It seems to be a lovely and interesting town.

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  49. Gosh, you managed to get the best out of the light. They were tough photography conditions - as I found out that same weekend. Well done indeed! It really was dreadfully grey - but despite that, I have to say that I thought Assisi was wonderful and would happily go back another time.

    A wee question for you - how do you do your mosaics? Is it a Flickr program? I ended up doing some in Photoshop the other week but wasn't really happy with them. Yours have come out beautifully, though. :)

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  50. Your pictures are amazing. I will have to try and convince my husband to take a trip there.

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  51. From your photos it looks a perfect place to spend your anniversary.

    Belated Happy Anniversary to you both.

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  52. For some reason, I keep losing my post. I think I have been away too long and forget what I am doing..haha..Happy Anniversary..what a wonderful trip you both had. The pictures are lovely. I enjoy seeing all the places. Have to go to your travel blog. I have been terrible with my blog and visiting..but hope to get back into the swing of things.
    Have a happy weekend..sending many happy wishes..xoCarolyn

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  53. Lindy, this is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to pack my bags right now and go to Italy. Alas, it will have to wait a little longer as I've recently purchased a studio in Sydney and this will be my base until I am ready to travel. I am moving in 2 weeks' time, after some renovations.

    So until I can visit Italy, I will live in Italy through you :-) Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

    Warm regards,
    Sylvia Massara
    Novelist

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