Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday Day Trip

Every year we say that we want to go somewhere on a 'real' vacation during Easter break here. You know, to take advantage of the fact that we live in Europe! Well, this year because of the crazy dollar and the crazy weather, we decided to take a day trip. We had heard from a few people of the hidden town of Castelluccio on the border between Umbria and Le Marche. It is situated on the top of a hill in the middle of a plain nestled in a valley at the top of the Sibillini Mountains about a 2 hour drive from Ancona. Well, we borrowed the Rotert GPS, loaded up the car and headed out. We got within 6 miles of the town, at the very top of the mountain range, surrounded by snow and within sight of Italy's 3rd tallest peak (Monte Vettore) when we decided to turn around. The roads were beginning to be covered with ice and snow and I hadn't thought to bring the snow chains. Grrr. So we slowly wound back down and found a wonderful place to eat some lunch and then we explored the nearby town of Acquasanta and the hot sulfur spring from which the town gets its name (Holy Water). As we drove home this afternoon, the storm clouds began pouring fresh snow and rain down and we were glad we just made a day trip of it. Happy Easter weekend to everyone. May the risen Christ continue to lead you into the fullest possible life!

Jacob enjoying the snow and just looking older...

Harrison, Jacob and Haven at a frozen watering trough.

Heather and the kids sitting next to the hot, stinky, sulfur spring as it
pours out of the side of the mountain...all four with plugged noses.

Harrison offers his mommy a flower.

I froze the color of the spring as it pours into the Fiume Tronto
to show the difference in temperature...a beautiful shade of blue.

1 comment:

vicotr said...

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