Italy 23 September: Amatrice - Norcia
FROM AMATRICE TO NORCIA
Some last pictures with the camp manager who kindly provided our accomodation in (earthquake-proof) containers and the excellent 5 course dinner last night.
Since we only had 35K to do today we decided to go for a side trip to Spoleto, which has a beautiful old town and a famous bridge.
The whole city turned out to be very charming with many old houses, churches and narrow streets winding up the hill to the castle on top.
This beautiful bridge is especially impressive if you consider that it survived hundreds of years of earthquakes which frequently shake this region.
Is there a better way to finish the excursion through a beautiful Italian town than with original Italian wood oven pizza and celebrating Natalia's birthday with Italian icecream cake - I don´t think so!
Back in the bus. The Peace Run Van is a very intense living space with lots of people and things constantly on the move. Paper birds must take extra care.
10K slightly downhill all the way to Norcia and a cool evening breeze - perfect running conditions which everybody enjoyed.
As we arrive in the city the Peace Run is warmly welcomed by the mayor and other city authorities as well as by the members of the Rotary Club. We even had the honour to light the Peace Torch on the left.
Members of the special olympics also joined the ceremony and held the torch. Later we played volleyball together.
Over seven months (in his spare time) the gentleman on the left has reconstructed the church out of wheat and wood. The church itself was largely destroyed by the earthquake!! The scale is 1:20. Amazing!!!