Saturday, 9 October 2010

Out and about

On one of our several non-working days Mr FF and I took a trip into the mountains above Subiaco. We were actually searching for a studio that had been designed by the father of one of Mr FF's architect friends, we think we found the location up a steep bumpy track but the entrance gate was locked. However we had a wonderful drive through the area that is home to a Benedictine community in the monasteries of Santa Scolastica and San Benedetto the latter housing Sacro Speco the cave where St Benedict lived as a hermit before forming the community. The monks offers hospitality and education to visitors, with accommodation for over 100 people, a restaurant, bar, library and a shop selling products like soap, jams and liqueurs. The area was pleasantly busy with people visiting the monastries, walking and cycling up the mountain. We drove up higher to the little town of Jenne, home to about 500 people it is perched on a plateau in the Parco Naturale Regionale Monti Simbruini with magnificent views all round and startling drops down into the valley below.

Such a treat for us to be out discovering our local area, there was a very spiritual atomosphere, calm and welcoming, definitely a place I'd like to visit again to spend more time discovering.

9 comments:

  1. WOW! The views are amazing. Glad you had some time for relaxation, as well as work. Ros

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  2. It was good to read about some relaxation rather than work :)

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  3. Simply stunning. What a wonderful opportunity!

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  4. Such beautiful countryside! Sounds like it is as calming in real life as it appears in your wonderful photos.

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  5. Those mountain views... BREATHTAKING...*swoon*... Thanks for taking us there, Jenny! :o) ((HUGS))

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  6. Sounds like a much better trip this time round, beautiful photos, glad you had time for a little R & R.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  7. Beautiful place!! The views are spectacular!

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  8. It looks so beautiful there, Jenny, and very peaceful.

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