The Nagasawa family trip to Italy and France:  June 12 - 30, 2008




June 12    Fly to Rome June 21 Fly to Marseilles
June 13 Arrive in Rome June 22 Drive to Les Barcares
June 14 Rome June 23 Sigean Animal Reserve
June 15 Assisi, drive to Venice June 24 Priory of Serrabona
June 16 Venice June 25 Collioure
June 17 Drive to Florence June 26 Relax in Claira
June 18 Florence, drive to Siena & Orvieto June 27 Drive to Barcelona
June 19 Orvieto, drive to Rome June 28 Relax in Claira
June 20 Rome June 29 Drive to Marseilles
    June 30 Fly back to Boston

(the links are the days in purple; click on them to see pictures)


June 19, 2008:


The cathedral of Orvieto was my favorite of all the cathedrals, including the Vatican St. Peter's.  It was simpler, and more focused on Christ himself.  There are five statues in the front of the cathedral:  four symbolizing each Gospel (a man, a lion, an eagle, and an ox) and a lamb above them, just below the circular window.


On the side of the cathedral were stone inscriptions telling parts of the biblical story.  This one goes from the bottom up, weaving from left to right.  Can you see the Genesis creation and fall story?


This is the interior.


We took a tour under the city of Orvieto.  Prior to the Romans, the early Etruscans dug into the softer volcanic tufa stone under the city.  Incredible.


Orvieto had some nice ceramics.


And toy shops for the kiddies.


There was a medieval weapons shop, where John got a bow and arrow and Zoe got a wooden sword.


John standing in a residential entryway.


Zoe drinking some hot chocolate.



Then we drove back to Rome to see Vatican City and St. Peter's Cathedral and Square, probably still the largest megachurch in the world.  The kids weren't happy with that!  What impressed me?  The series of 15 foot high projection screens out in the plaza!!  Unfortunately the pictures I took of this were on the USB drive stolen from us in Barcelona.  It's too bad, but better pictures are out there on the web! 


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