So very blessed to have recently taken a trip to Italy with my husband and some very dear friends. I am steeped in inspiration from the incredible awe-inspiring beauty, the intricate detail and holiness of the churches, the wonderful fellowship shared with dear friends, the lifestyle of italians, the artisans, and of course the FOOD and spectacular wines. God is good!  Here are a few photos that capture some highlights of the trip. I plan to elaborate on the incredible food and hiking in Cinque Terre in future posts, but for now some views of the italian countryside, a sampling of the many churches, and some of the amazing food.

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View from Pienza overlooking the Val d’ Orcia

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View of The tuscan countryside


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Archways in Assisi

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The Romanesque church of San Frediano in Lucca with its golden mosaic.

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Amazing food … more to come (in a later post) about the food adventures! p.s. I was able to eat pasta, pizza and breads with no gluten sensitivity at all. This clearly tells you how processed our food really is here in the States. Very disheartening!

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The olives just on the verge of harvest.

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Sunset antipasto looking over the coast of Cinque Terre

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Roman pizza! Prosciutto and black truffle

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Church of St. John the Baptist in Monterosso al Mare | Cinque Terre | facade 1307

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My fellow travellers on a foggy day in Orvieto | My dear husband and amazing friends, Jonathan and Erin

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Foggy sunrise over the Umbrian countryside

I am savoring the details of this spectacular trip and will share more with you soon.

Enjoy the day!

Julie