Tuesday, August 24, 2010

San Gabriele

We have made a point to include a trip to San Gabriele in our travels to Abruzzo. It is only less than an hour from the house and an easy ride on the highway passing old towns and farm after farm. Since we've been going, we've managed to always visit during the week and avoid a huge crowd. Which now, having kids, is a huge plus.

Unfortunately, last year's earthquake in L'Aquila had an impact on many nearby towns, San Gabriele included. Like most older structures in Abruzzo, the steeple is being supported by wooden beams to prevent further damage.

Our 2006 visit to San Gabriele - 4 months pregnant with Sofia at the time!

This year with our girlies

Sofia's first trip to San Gabriele at 3 months

Already a seasoned visitor to the sanctuary, she made her 4th trip this summer

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