Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mutual Activities

 A few weeks ago, the Young Women had a mutual activity to learn how to make pasta.  Gloria is the only young woman in the branch so Deanne decided that she would learn along with Gloria.

 Gloria and Mom cut up the zucchini, garlic and ham.
 Brother Rossi was the expert and taught the ladies how to make pasta from scratch.

 We all got into the act of cutting and separating the noodles.
 After the noodles were cooked, they went into the frying pan with the other ingredients.
 A little parmesan cheese added on top.
 The results were delicious.
 Last week the Young Men and Young Women in the branch prepared dinner for the leaders.

The youth did a terrific job and we all enjoyed the food.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day In Italy

 Our Thanksgiving meal.  We had turkey sandwiches, potato salad, cheese puffs, potato chips, apple crumble and ice cream.
 And a second helping of apple crumble and ice cream.
And then Deanne decorated our little Christmas tree.  We have so much to be thankful for.  We are in a country that we love with people that we love.  We have such wonderful family and friends.  We are truly blessed and are grateful for a kind and loving Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior and Redeemer.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

An Afternoon in Rimini

We had a meeting in Rimini last night so we decided to spend the afternoon checking out the city.  Rimini was built by the Romans in 268 BC. 

 Construction of this bridge was started under Caesar Augustus in 14 AD and completed under Tiberius in 21 AD.  It is made of limestone and recent inspections have shown that the massive stone piers rest on wooden piles driven into the ground under the river which are still intact.  Cars and pedestrians use this bridge.
 This is the Arch of Augustus.  It was built under Caesar Augustus in 27 BC.  It was the main entrance to the city of Rimini.  It is hard to imagine that it still stands and it was built before the birth of Christ.

 These are the ruins of a Roman amphitheater that was built between 116 and 138 AD.  It could seat about 12,000 people.
This is the Tempio Malatestiana built during the 13th century by the Malatesta family which was a very rich and powerful family in Rimini.  After it was built, the family fell out of favor with the Catholic Church and the Pope at the time condemned it as a place of Satan worshipers.  It has since been reinstated and is again used as a Catholic cathedral.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Deanne

 After the District Meeting we had a little birthday party since we would not meet again until after Deanne's birthday.  Left to right are:  Sisters Bunker, Pearce and Jefferies and Elders Owens, D'Addabbo, Christensen, Iacovelli, Sanacuore and Modugno.  These missionaries are amazing.  They are hard-working, good young people.  The Church is in good hands with young people like these preparing to become leaders.
 Deanne with her "adopted daughters" Sorella Pearce and Sorella Bunker.

Then on her real birthday we took Anziano Christensen and Anziano D'Addabbo to a restaurant for lunch. 
We then had a birthday brownie and ice cream at our apartment and Deanne thought that was the end of the festivities.
 At about 9:30 pm fifteen members of the Forli Branch (that's just about all of them) surprised Deanne at our door.  They brought food and goodies and we had another party.
 Sister Flamini made this delicious birthday cake.
 The birthday girl with Sister Tarroni.
 With Elodi and Sister Rossi.
 With Erica Raveau.
And with her gifts which included a scarf, ceramic pitcher, puzzle, card signed by everyone and Swiss chocolate.  So after all of that, and a couple of Tums, Deanne's birthday came to an end.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Castles and Fortresses

 This is a castle in San Marino.  San Marino is a country surrounded by Italy.  It is the oldest Republic in the world.  It is about an hour from Forli.

 It was a windy day in San Marino but it was clear and the view from the top of the mountain was spectacular.

 This is the fortress of Meldola, which is about 15 minutes from Forli.  They are presently restoring this building so you can't go in it right now.

This is the fortress in Castrocaro, which is about 20 minutes from Forli.  All of these structures date from 1000 to 1300.  This country, before it was a unified Italy, was full of city-states that were their own countries and they battled each other for land and resources.  You can see that these fortresses built on hills were virtually impregnable and protected these city-states from being taken over by opposing forces. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Open Market

We went to the open market in Forli.  The piazza in the center of town is full of street vendors every Monday and Friday morning selling just about everything.  When I was in Italy as a young missionary, we would talk the vendors down in their price but now the prices are fixed or maybe I've just lost my touch.
Deanne needed a jacket so we bought this little number for her.  She looks quite sassy in it and it was only 18 euros.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

All Saints Day

Thursday, November 1 was All Saints Day in Italy.  Italians take flowers to the graves of their loved ones much like Memorial Day for the USA.  Our dear friends, the Rossi's invited us to go with them.  Our first stop was in Fantella where Brother Rossi's father is buried.  In this picture from left to right are:  Brother Rossi, his aunt, Sister Rossi, granddaughters Elodi and Celeste Raveau, son Ariele Rossi, daughter Erica Raveau, and son-in-law Xavier Raveau.  
Brother Rossi and his aunt at his father's grave.  His father passed away about a year ago.  He lived in the apartment that we are living in now. 
 Deanne with Erica and her two daughters.  Erica served a mission at Salt Lake City Temple Square.  Brother Rossi served in the Italy Milan Mission.  His son, Arielle, served in the England London Mission.  Xavier Raveau is from France and served in the Italy Milan Mission.
 We stopped for lunch.  Brother Rossi bought us piadina.  It is like a thick tortilla stuffed with whatever you order inside.  Our favorite was with sausage and grilled onions.  Very good.

 The next cemetery was in Portico di Romagna where Brother Rossi's mother is buried.
 Brother Rossi grew up in this little town and he took us to this medieval street in the town.  He lived in three different houses on this street. 
 I know this is not Verona but Deanne and I had to reenact a little Romeo and Juliet.
 This little side street was not very wide.

 This bridge dates back to the 1300's.
This is on top of the bridge.  It was a great day and we fell in love with this little town.