Sorry for the ominous subtitle. Let me explain.
Morning Update – Near Death. This is hard to hear because of all the traffic flying by at 100mph
Morning Update Part II. – Near Life.
It was only “near” life because the walk today wore us out. It was longer and more pavement-filled that we expected. But we put yet another 20+mi day in the books.
But we did get to visit a real treasure, the 12th century Abbey of Chiaravalle del Colombo. The abbey is nearly in its original condition and operated well after most monasteries had foundered. Napoleon, after his victories in Italy eventually “closed” the Abbey allowing only 2 monks to remain.
The abbey’s foundation and construction is well documented having been built to exacting plans laid out by none other than Saint Bernard himself.
The cloister is neither the most elaborate or most interesting that I’ve seen but it had a simple beauty in its symmetry.
The rest of the day was a bit of a slog along country roads until we entered Fidenza itself. Here we met again our friend Jacques from France. We met him at work around day 36. He was working this week in Fidenza and we managed to get together for dinner.
Jacques had received a restaurant tip from a co-worker and it was a good one. We only had a single course but it was excellent pasta and even better company. On our way out we swung by the Cathedral which is famous for its statuary. Jacques had had a tour earlier and shared his knowledge of the images. Thanks again Jacques.