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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tannas


What can I say about Fred and Rachel Whitman?  Well…they are the best!  Fred picked us up at the Hilton in Rome and drove us in his van to Perugia/San Sisto with a stop on the way at Assisi.  Help!  He can outrun, outwalk, outclimb all of us.  Photos to follow.  The day was beautiful and we arrived at their home tired, but enjoying every moment.  Rachel made us a lovely Italian meal, followed by a trip to the gelato favorite in the area.  The next day was spent with them at their church in San Sisto.  Rachel fed all of her children and grandchildren plus all of us.  She cooks like an Italian.  Delicious.  The evening was spent at a lovely pizzeria in the area where we dined with the lovely ladies from the church.  It was an evening to remember.  Monday, Fred and Rachel drove us back to Rome right to the doorstep of the Grand de la Minerve hotel in the city center next to the Panteon.  He was able to get permission from the hotel to enter the city thanks to my friend, Mario, who had called ahead to make the way clear.

I will add photos in the next post when I finish uploading them into my computer.

Perugia is an estructan city, walled, and one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.  The views from the top are spectacular.

Thank you to Fred and Rachel for opening your home and treating us to three special days.  My friend and I stayed at a local hotel, The Centova…located in Perugia.  Breakfast is included and amazing with freshly served cornetto con crema.  Warm from the oven.

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