Miguel and I sat in the piazza and ate our sandwiches. I suppose everyone else was too cool to join us. We talked a little bit about my health journey and I preached about coconut oil, as I always do. I enjoyed talking about my sensitive life when my new friends would ask about it. I love sharing everything I've learned on this life-changing journey with people who will care enough to listen.
Laundry hung out to dry under nearly every home's windowsills. Terracotta pots filled with flowers and fresh herbs lined either side of the street. The doors and windows of most homes were left wide open, adding to the realness and charm this stretch of street offered us on our walk. I was so excited to get the picture above- a little nonna cooking in her kitchen. I wanted to hug her. Something about her reminded me of Ma, my Sicilian great grandmother, who was with me in spirit every moment of my trip.
On our guided tour of Assisi we saw all kinds of beautiful places including the Basilica di Santa Chiara and the Basilica di San Francesco. The artwork was breathtaking. I'm convinced that Italy isn't home to anything less than breathtaking when it comes to the artwork- religious and otherwise.
We also stopped at a pastry shop on our tour. Take note to the meringues that are literally the size of human heads on the top shelf in that picture on the right. It was so hard to pick ONE sweet treat when there were so many that had my name written all over them. I ended up splitting a white chocolate cannoli with Kev. It had cherries and nuts in it. It was delicious but very sweet, so I'm glad I only had half.
There were a lot of really nice shops in Assisi. One shop in particular caught my eye and had me thinking of TSL and all my followers. It was a shop filled with tons of different natural products for the body. These handmade soaps are made from different flowers, herbs, and essential oils. They all smelled so good!
After our guided tour, we headed back to our hotel to get cleaned up for what would easily be the most memorable dinner of the entire trip.
As hungry as I was, it was so hard to pull my eyes away from the stunning earth that stretched for miles below me. I could have stayed in that moment for a lifetime and died happy. No photograph will ever do that place justice. I'll hold onto this place and that moment for as long as I live.
We watched the sun disappear behind Assisi's hills during dinner. It was hands down the most beautiful night of my life.
After leaving the church we began our walk back to the hotel. I kept my own pace, walking with the group but by myself. I learned a lot about myself and what I want for my life on that day. It was a lot to wrap my head around- a lot to digest.
Upon arriving back at the hotel, Mike and I enjoyed a much needed Limoncello shot. I hated the thought of leaving Assisi but I knew we had other beautiful places left to see and more memories left to make. I left my heart in Assisi when we left the next morning, but I made an important promise to myself at breakfast over croissants and Nutella: I WILL move to Italy in the next year. Those of you who have followed TSL from day one know that when I say I'm going to do something, nothing will stand in my way.
As I always say, lack of passion is fatal.