Heaven is a Place on Earth

Blue Nun, Spello

Blue Nun, Spello

Italy remains a Catholic country and there are many Italians for whom religion remains part of the daily ritual, whether they live a cloistered life, such as in Spello’s ancient Vallegloria Convent, or by making their own personal spiritual journey. We stepped out of a doorway and found ourselves caught up in a procession, a microphone and loud-hailer leading the chanted prayers, the street brimming with people.

Nuns in the Sun, Spello

Nuns in the Sun, Spello

The nearby town of Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis, is an important stop on the ancient pilgrim’s route from Tuscany to Rome. Spello is one of the many hill towns visited along the way. Not everybody walks the entire route, but this section with its rolling green hills and proximity to Assisi is particularly popular.

Did I hear something?

Did I hear something?

The Spellani watch the procession in the narrow streets, leaning out of high windows or peeping between the balcony railings. Everybody loves a spectacle.

Well Hidden, Spello

Well Hidden Flower Girls, Spello

It’s time for us to bid farewell once again to Spello. Like lovers we make promises about returning soon. We greet friends for the final time and say arrivederci – until we meet again. We linger in our favourite wine bar, Vinosofia, listening to the legendary Miles Davis, one more Martini for the road, stirred not shaken. If ever heaven was a place on earth, it’s Spello. Taxi’s here. I wipe away a tear….

Lost in Contemplation

Lost in Contemplation

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place: we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

Thanks for coming along for the ride. Did you enjoy it?

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21 thoughts on “Heaven is a Place on Earth

  1. Ali

    You quoted from Night Train to Lisbon – what an excellent choice! Fascinating and beautifully captured as usual, Mary. Looking forward to your next jaunt.

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Debra. We have eaten in La Cantina and loved it. There are lots of good places to eat in Spello. We particularly like Drinking Wine. Hope you are back in Italy soon.

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Hi Anthony – good to hear from you. Yes, I do believe that you can get blogs printed. If I say this then I will have to do it….I have a plan to turn it into a book. There – I better start work on it!

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Thanks Martin – much appreciated. The shot of the nun – caught without any planning, I only had one shot at it before she disappeared- and the man with the wonderful face leaning out of the window were my two favourite photos from our trip. I was quite proud of both, and that’s unusual for me! Take care.

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  2. swamiyesudas

    “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place,” How Well said, as is the whole quote! A very good account of a Very nice place. Kudos, my Dear Mary, and Regards. Give us more! 🙂

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  3. rangewriter

    Yes indeed! I enjoyed this little virtual trip immensely. Your photos are wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the blue nun and the man looking out his window. (That looks like a 1940’s magazine shot!)

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Thanks for your lovely comment rangewriter. The nun and the window shots were my favourites from the trip, both unplanned and caught on the hoof. For me, that seems to produce the best photos.

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