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Basilica of St Francis

I haven't written in a while...not too much going on here in Italy.  School work is starting to get a little more time consuming.  I'm trying to finish all my work today so I can have the weekend free (I love these three day weekends!)  This past Wednesday, we went to the city of Assisi in the region of Umbria.  You could say it was just another Italian hill town, but it had its own unique qualities as well.  The day started out with a nice hour or so bus ride where I got some much needed sleep.  We got to Assisi a little before 10 am and started out with a guided tour.  It was the second time that we had to use these things called "whispers" which we stick into our ear and hook up to a walkie-talkie like thing around our neck.

I love Italian food!
  Then the tour guide talks into her microphone and we all can hear her.  The thing in your ear is kind of uncomfortable and I usually have to keep putting it back in because it falls out a lot.  Anyways, our tour guide took us into Basilica of Saint Francis, which I just found out is a World Heritage Sight.  It was really cool inside; there were basically three different churches there, each with their own architectural style.  There were some cool frescoes inside painted by Giotto.  You have to extremely quiet at this site.  Our tour guide had to whisper into our her microphone...it could be kinda creepy at times.  Like we would all be sitting there waiting, she would start talking and there would be this little whisper in your ear!  Our guide then took us through the main corso (street) of the city to Santa Chiara aka Saint Catherine's.
View from the plaza next to Santa Chiara
(*Santa Chiara is also the name of our school...now I know what it means!)  That church was pretty good as well.  We got to see a creepy wax version of Saint Catherine down in her tomb...weird.  We then proceeded to have a delicious lunch and the rest of the afternoon was free to do what we wanted to.  Some of us sketched and then walked around the shops for a little while. 

Even though many of these cities start to seem the same (churches, touristy shops, etc), I did like this one because of its unique layout.  The city was very linear instead of being clustered around a central sqaure per se.  There were a few larger public spaces but they were at the top and bottom of the hill.  Anyways, it was another fun field trip.  Next Wednesday, we're going to Siena and the week after we're going to Piensa/Montepulchiano. 

 I got my first gelato at Coco Palm in about 2 weeks today.  They've been closed a lot for some reason.  Shaun and I went this afternoon and the owner gave us the biggest portions ever! I think she's making up for all the days we missed! I wish you all could try it...it's amazing!!  Anyway, more to come soon...tomorrow I'm going to see that famous tower in Pisa...

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Basilica of St Francis
Basilica of St Francis
I love Italian food!
I love Italian food!
View from the plaza next to Santa …
View from the plaza next to Santa…
Courtney, Josh and Camille
Courtney, Josh and Camille
Basilica of St Francis
Basilica of St Francis
This ride looked fun
This ride looked fun
Cheese!
Cheese!
A cool Assisi-an street...
A cool Assisi-an street...
Santa Chiara
Santa Chiara
Kung Fu in Italy?!
Kung Fu in Italy?!
Rarrrr
Rarrrr
We played a lot in this toy store
We played a lot in this toy store
Patty, please dont eat our profes…
Patty, please don't eat our profe…
Assisi
photo by: Vikram