This day was our last day in Assisi. Soon after we woke up, we drove over to Francesco's apartment for our bike tour. We also met his mother and father, Maria and Piero. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with extreme kindness and hospitality. Maria had prepare a beautiful breakfast for us and had us sit down at their dining room table for breakfast. Also, Piero was very intent that we stuff ourselves before our bike ride.
Francesco lead us on our 20km bike ride, leading us around the field and farms of Umbria. Surprisingly, the sun didn't feel extremely hot outside because we were moving on our bikes.
Shortly after, Francesco lead us to his family's farm. Francesco gave us a quick tour, showing us the livestock and different crops they grow. The donkey was very excited to see us.
Maria came outside to take the appetizers out of the oven; an oven that has been in there family for generations, like much of the other equipment on the farm. Then Francesco led us into the house for lunch.
One appetizer course, two pasta courses, a meat course, and a dessert course. That was our lunch with Francesco and his family. Everything about the food, family, and scenery was beautiful. The home made food and the hospitality made us feel at home with them, which made this one of the greatest experiences on our entire trip.
We truly appreciate and thank Maria, Piero, and Francesco for a wonderful day in Assisi!
Today on our pilgrimage, we left the convent in Florence, in Il Bestia ( our large fiat van). We would like to thank the nuns at the convent for their hospitality, and great coffee. We traveled to Lake Trasinine and talked about the importance of St. Francis. We then arrived in Assisi and visited the basilica surrounding the Portiuncula. A site very important to the Franciscan order. Out of reverence we did not take any pictures in the basilica. Afterwards we relaxed at Assisi Gardens, where we were pleasantly surprised by the A/C in our rooms. Sorry for the delayed post, there will be another tomorrow along with the regular Sunday post.
On Sunday, June 11th, we(the J2A) received the blessing for our pilgrimage to Italy at Christ Church Detroit. Over the past few years, we have managed multiple fundraisers, such as the Greens Bazaar and Hafli. The profit from these fundraisers have helped cover the massive cost of the trip. So, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the congregation and the members of Christ Church for supporting us on our journey to adulthood!
Stay tuned! Our next post will be on June 21st when we are finally in Italy!