In light of Pope Benedict XVI's recent retirement, I thought I would dust this post off. Gandolfo is where Pope Benedict is headed today, for a much needed vacation.
I was a little nervous about today's nine hour excursion, about my ability to do it. The excursion guide said it was the equivalent of 1800 yards, but it was more like 1800 miles. Just kidding, it wasn't that far, but it was a lot of walk, and a lot of walk at an incline which really makes my back twitch and complain.
as we rounded each corner, I was certain we were there... NOT!
uphill the whole way
beautiful building I saw on the way up
seen on the way up the hill to Gandolfo
The Popes Villa (the buidling with the clock)
the angel on the popes villa
the front door of the Popes Villa
a chapel in town
I was so worn out from climbing the hill to Gandolfo I wasn't sure if I wanted to make the trek down the small hill overlooking Lake Albano. I'm glad I did. Lake Gandolfo is a volcanic crater lake formed by two craters. (again with the earthquakes!). In 1960, when Rome hosted the summer Olympic games, the lake was used for canoeing and rowing.
one more hill- Lake Albano
lovely little village
More scenery from above the Lake
villas on the mountain side (tour guide said rich people come here)
Another breathtaking view
He's a sight for sore eyes too! :)
Flower of the Day
Beautiful wall art
Again, you can find many more photos here:
Next stop: A little restaurant for a private lunch after a pasta making lesson.
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