5/22/15 - 5/29/15 68 °F
We have our last night tonight at the monastery and head out first thing in the morning - which was going to be about 6:40 until we got an offer to drive us to the train stations from another guest here at the monastery! Yay! We have 3 less transfers to do tomorrow now. Thank goodness! Our time here has been relaxing, rejuvenating and somewhat restless. There are 3 half-hour long prayer services per day, of which we consistently went to 2. Haha...the first was at 6 in the morning after a 5:30 wake up call via bell tower. We always woke up; we didn't always go. The grounds are lovely, and we get an incredible view of the alps when we walk out of our room.
The food was incredible. It was simple, but absolutely delicious. For breakfasts we had a typical bread and jam with coffee. Then for "dinner" and "supper" (in that order) we had that amazing food. Dinner always started with some sort of pasta or risotto, moved on to protein and veggies and ended with a small desert which was always fruit from their own gardens. Madi's favorite (no surprise) were the strawberries picked fresh that morning. Supper always began with soup. Now...all of these soups were divine. Just for the soups alone, Madi wishes Bose sold a cookbook. There would then be salad and meat of some sort following the soup. And, of course, there was bread at all the meals.
We did various activities in between services. We read, Madi crocheted, went for walks and a few hikes. It is such a strange and glorious feeling to be able to read for leisure again! The hikes were enjoyable. We saw many a church and walked through 2 neighboring towns - Magnano and Zimone. I'll let the pictures speak for me as to the beauty.
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We're off to the coast!