18 May 2018

Our time in Italy (continued)

Of course, for the church group the trip to Pompeii was a spiritual pilgrimage as well as a social occasion to be enjoyed with family and friends.  We were accompanied by a priest from the local abbey and a nun from the local convent. She also sings in the choir. 

a concert event in the abbey church
when a recording was made for a CD
I had the opportunity to take a photo of the whole group
 gathered outside on the steps of the church after the service.
The two boys in the front row are our great-nephews
  standing with their grandmothers and my other sister-in-law
 is standing in the middle of them.

Dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary the church is also classed as a cathedral and minor basilica.  A painting above the high altar depicts the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus presenting rosaries (prayer beads) to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena.

photos taken before and after the service
the high altar

mosaics in the side naves
 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus carries the Cross
the Crucifixion of Jesus
the Risen Jesus Christ
The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
We were sitting under this painted cupola during the service.
I was fascinated by the figures in the painting especially the
angel in the pale pink robes to the left.
Thankfully there was time to take photos after the service, but
as the whole of the church was elaborately decorated
I could have spent hours looking at the images
 and art work.

St Michael slaying the dragon
St Margaret Mary Alacoque's mystical vision of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This image
can also be seen
on the bronze doors of the bell tower.

Lunchtime ...the restaurant was a manageable
short walk from the church.

a good menu - fish or meat choice
although the gnocchi was also a vegetarian option

I think the apple pie must have been a local speciality
as it contained candied citrus fruit

a view of the bell tower from the restaurant
The great-nephews would have liked to have gone to the top
of the tower. There would have been great views across the Bay of Naples, 
the Roman excavations and Mount Vesuvius in the other direction.
It would have been a great work out after that lunch, but only for
 for the young and energetic ones in the group! 

However, we walked in the other direction towards
the place where we would meet the coach
taking in some of the typical Neapolitan sights
along the way.

giant lemons

limoncello and other citrus liqueurs
and products

the information centre

My brother-in-law bought his grandson
a Roman helmet and my sister-in-law
bought a box of rock specimens
from Mount Vesuvius for her grandson.

We spent some more time relaxing with our family
near an entrance to the excavations.

No time, of course, to go inside and you need at least a day
of it anyway.  However, there are a couple of buildings
 outside the Roman site, constructed mainly of glass,
where you can see some of the exhibits from
 the archaeological excavation.
They're rather gruesome and I should think they're
 replicas and the originals are in Naples Museum.

Soon it was time to leave the Naples area and head back to our village. We arrived back safely after a good day out.

the abbey May 2018

Thank you for your interest and recent visits and comments on my blog.  My personal computer is still causing some frustration as the speed is slow although the connection seems to have settled down.  
Wishing you a good weekend.  It will be my birthday and we're looking forward to our grand daughter coming back from uni to be with us for the occasion.   Both local grandchildren have finished some exams so hopefully we can all relax and enjoy some time together.
More blog posts on Italy soon!
Linda :)