Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 10 - Assisi to Oriveto to Rome

We awoke in Assisi to a fog covered valley, very picturesque! After a wonderful breakfast together we boarded the bus and headed for Orvieto to extend our modes of transport... 

We travelled up to this hil top town in a funicular, then a minibus then walked to the main plaza? Down the street to a wonderful morning tea of exquisite patisseries and a delicious caffe latte! A tour of the Absolutely amazing Church followed then time to shop and eat! I finally bought myself a gorgeous leather handbag - yes - you guessed it - orange! I love it! After a walk back down the hill to board the funicular then onto the coach for our trip back to Rome! We arrived at our stunning hotel to find it has an enormous swimming pool so in we went! Oh my goodness how beautiful it is to be in the water in this intense heat! After an amazingly relaxing time at the pool it was time to get dressed for the last night

 Opera entertainment! Off we headed in the bus, but a short distance into the journey and it became obvious that the traffic was incredibly busy, until we got close to the stadium and you simply couldn't move, there was a Peche Mode concert in... Eventually Flavio was able to negotiate the bus away from the jam and we arrived quite late.,, to a crowd of 200 awaiting the start so the Opera and we were seated right at the very front! Seated and the show and the dinner began! What an incredible experience and an incredible mix of Opera and comedy, very entertaining. A cast of four sung three scenes and interacted and entertained us all! I hope the pictures help to tell the story! real highlights were singing Happy Birthday to Kay, all of the cast, and will and Jisille up dancing! a truly memorable last night in Rome! 

Back to the hotel for many of the farewells, then a large number of us headed down to e bar for a last drink, chat and reflection on an incredible journey we've been on together! It was very very interesting to hear everyone's highlights. Aida, Flavio, Globus, thank you for a truly MAGICAL experience! 

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