I'm behind, behind, behind! I've been procrastinating on the blog a bit because I have so much from our trip to Italy. So here goes my effort to post nearly everyday to try to catch up as trips keep a pilin' on.
After about a thirteen hour trip by van from Germany with only two short stops, someone was happy to get out of the car!
We drove twenty minutes on a bumpy, narrow, windy, dirt road to reach our agriturismo, where we were staying. Our friends were already there. We got unloaded and went to a late dinner at the restaurant at the "resort." The kids all wanted to sleep with their friends so we mixed and matched the kiddos between the two apartments. We had a two bedroom, in which Brian and I had one room, the girls had the other (plus Judah in his pack-n-play.) The sofa in the living area folded out and the oldest two boys slept there. Bobby slept in his pack-n-play in our bathroom. The other apartment had only one bedroom and a sleeper sofa, so the other three boys slept there with Bobby's godparents.
|We stayed here.|
|Our friends stayed here, just across the gravel path.|
|The pool was just outside.|
There was some wandering and in and out of shops on the way up. We grabbed a little bite to eat across from the cathedral and then headed over there to see the "Miracle of Bolsena."
|Gothic style cathedral|
|If you think you may have seen this hoodie before, you'd be right. This girl lives in it. She's probably wearing it in more than half of our travel pictures.|
|A little selfie with my travelling companion|
|Pretty daughter and pretty cool reliefs on the front of the cathedral.|
|Don't be too jealous of our travels. We have our moments and meltdowns. He probably just didn't want to hold daddy's hand or something.|
The cathedral did cost money to get into which seemed odd, but that is not the first time I've paid to get into a church before. At the front of the church there were two side chapels. On the right transept, the circular chapel was completely filled with beautiful artwork telling the stories of the Apacolypse and the Last Judement painted by Fra Angelica and Luca Signorelli.
|LOVE this picture of V having such a dramatic conversation about the art with Isaac.|
|In the big marble tabernacle is the blood stained corporal. I was trying to pray while Drew peppered me with questions.|
|The corporal had been folded and the blood seeped through making a pattern on the corporal.|
|One last picture of the beautiful facade of the cathedral.|
|This guy sticks with the non-dairy sorbets, usually lemon flavored.|
|Love this picture of my Homemades with his cutie dimple and his sorbet|
I did not know about this amazing fortress until we arrived in Orvieto. It was truly amazing. The view was breathtaking, and gave me more than one panic attack when the kids got too close to the edge for my comfort.
|These two are two peas in a pod. They talk nonstop the whole time we were walking around about the strangest things. Both are very into fantasy and making up stories and games. Such good friends.|
|Who doesn't want a picture of this beautiful guy on top of a fortress!|
In the fortress was a playground. That made a couple little guys very happy (mainly the two year olds,) but Bobby got some enjoyment out of it too when he had his first swinging experience ever. It's just been too cold for me to brave a park since we moved out of the temporary lodging and into our house in December. Back then he was too little to sit in a swing, but not so anymore. He was a fan.
|Genevieve has quite the imagination. She's got her imaginary bow and arrow set on some target.|
|A big fan of the swing|
|The kids also found a koi pond in the fortress.|