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Confirmation and Locarno

Today has been very busy, I set off for church just after nine and played clarinet there. It was a long service, three baptisms and a long reading... After the service Ian and I went round to Pauline's house where we had a lovely lunch with Pauline and Hilary. She had made a wonderful broccoli quiche which was probably very bad for me but tasted just divine!! After that we returned to church for a preconfirmation barbecue! Then we popped to Libby's for a quick coffee before the Confirmation Service. Matthew and seventeen others were confirmed tonight in a very full church and a very vibrant service, lovely worship. Afterwards we had cake and coffee here with Linda and Gordon and Mum, a lovely peaceful end to a busy day...

Meanwhile continuing the tour of Italy, today I will take you on the beautiful Centovalli railway, first to Santa Maria Maggiore and then across the border into Switzerland to Locarno. A lovely trip then back across the lake.

A very pretty alpine village.

Locarno, a Swiss town situated an the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. For me the highlight here was taking a funicular up the hill where I had excellent views and a chance to look around Madonna del Sasso. I would love to have carried on further up the mountain in a cable car, but time did not allow.


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Jun. 18th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations to Matthew. Prayers were sent from here!

And OMG those photos are just unbelievable. I can't take it all in. I loooooove that yellow building, it's gorgeous *gasp* I just love it.
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Yes, I liked the yellow building too. You couldn't see it from the town, or at least not from where I was, and when I got out of the funicular and saw it I was blown away, it was just lovely, inside and out, and in the most marvellous position, just wonderful.

And thanks for the prayers!
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
I love the archways along the side, I could imagine being a spiritual monk and just strolling along in quiet contemplation! *sigh* it looks so restful and so high up on the hill.
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
Yes, it was very peaceful, I wish I had been able to spend longer there, I could have stayed all day... I went to another sanctuary called Santa Caterina del Sasso, it was built in memory of a man who was rescued from the sea, who chose to dedicate the rest of his life to God, living as a hermit on a cliff side in a place only accessible by water or by steep steps down a cliff. Santa Caterina's is built where he lived. Outwardly it was very ordinary looking, but the chapel there had gorgeous stain glass windows high up close to the roof, which shed amazing coloured light and a host of wonderful frescos. It was really inspiring, the atmosphere in there was so peaceful, beautiful... it was a place I really didn't want to leave. I didn't take my camera on that trip, but I will not forget that place...
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Wow, how moving. That's how Martin Luther started, wasn't it, being saved from a thunderstorm and dedicating his life to God. Not a bad way to get on with things *g*

That place sure sounds lovely, too. So many parts of the world have beautiful, sheltered, inspiring corners, huh. Your photos are so beautiful, you could do a book of them - inspirational corners of the world, by Viv...
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm in the process of adding a lot of my new photos to vivh.com but it is very time consuming and suddenly I seem to be frantically busy... 3 family birthdays in the next two weeks, including David's 18th, and today I have heaps to do on the church website, and don't even think about laundry, we haven't had a completely dry day since I got back from Italy... But I do think it is important to share the beauty that we find, wherever we find it, however we can!!
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
vivh.com - another link I lost! I'll re add that one!

Yeah, this is a busy time for you, for sure. But I'm glad you took the time to share, it's all sooooo beautiful.
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
Not as busy for me as it is for you! It's lovely to share... and lovely to be here at the same time as you and chat, that doesn't seem to have happened much recently!
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)
-and lovely to be here at the same time as you and chat, that doesn't seem to have happened much recently!
I know, I NEVER catch anyone any more, and I was beginning to feel like it just wasn't going to happen on LJ any more, like I got so busy I lost all the love from everyone because I just am not there enough.

Aw, and then I got called away! But it was GREAT to catch you then. Thanks. It means a lot.
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
I remember crossing over the border to Locarno for cheaper petrol and then back again ... (About the only thing that is cheaper in Switzerland!)

Lovely photos!
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
(About the only thing that is cheaper in Switzerland!) that's probably right!!
Jun. 19th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Looks absolutely lovely. Making me feel like I'd like to be on holiday... Hmmmmm
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
I always feel as though I'd like to be on holiday!!! At least the summer is nearly here!
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