Let Freedom Ring

Well hello and Happy 4th of July!!!  I have been back from my fabulous trip for a few weeks now but still my heart longs to be back in Tuscany.  I am a different person than I was before this trip.  I have new goals and ambitions.  I have more love in my heart.  I want to share my visions with others and help those that want to be more or do better for this ever changing world we live in.  So as I sat this morning wondering what I would write about my mind drifted to my freedom and what does it stand for to me.  Freedom is more than just the world I live in, it is a new found freedom I have found in myself.  Its the positive feeling I have when I wake up each morning that I am thankful and grateful.  That I have abundance and love in my life.  That I am FREE to be ME.  The choices I make are mine and mine alone to be a better person, to live my life to the fullest, to love with all that I am and all that I will be, and to always be honest to myself with love and respect and dignity.  What does freedom mean to you?  Please read the lyrics below, really read them and let me know what “Let Freedom Ring” means to you.
Much love and light,
Jeanine on the Scene
Lyrics
Deep within the heart has always known that there was freedom
Somehow breathed into the very soul of life
The prisoner, the powerless, the slave have always known it
There’s something that keeps reaching for the sky
And even life begins because a baby fights for freedom
And songs we love to sing have freedom’s theme
Some have walked through fire and flood to find a place of freedom
And some faced hell itself for freedom’s dream
Let freedom ring wherever minds know what it means to be in chains
Let freedom ring wherever hearts know pain
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
We can be free and we can sing, let freedom ring
God built freedom into every fiber of creation
And He meant for us to all be free and whole
When my Lord bought freedom with the blood of His redemption
His cross stamped pardon on my very soul
I’ll sing it out with every breath, I’ll let the whole world hear it
This hallelujah anthem of the free
That iron bars and heavy chains can never hold us captive
The Son has made us free and free indeed
Let freedom ring down through the ages from a hill called Calvary
Let freedom ring wherever hearts know pain
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
You can be free and you can sing let freedom ring
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
You can be free and you can sing let freedom ring
You can be free and you can sing, let freedom ring, let freedom ring

Exploring the Sassi

Day 9:

We tour the ancient city of Matera; our overnight stay as well, which is perched high on a beautiful hillside and just recently seen by foreign eyes. This famed UNESCO World Heritage site is just across the border from Puglia, in the Basilicata Region. Matera is a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. Evacuated in 1952 due to poor living conditions, the Sassi now houses museums like the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, with period furniture and artisan tools. Nearby rock churches include St. Lucia alle Malve, with 13th-century frescoes.

I found this great article on the city of Matera. Please read this to further understand how this impovershied town received a facelift and new life. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/17/matera-italy-culture-capital-cave-homes-from-squalor-to-airbnb-film-sets

In the afternoon we are lead on a walking tour of the ‘sassi’ ancient cave dwellings which have been restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants. The nights light up in the dwellings and these pictures really dont show the true picture of what the eye sees.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

A day at the beach in Puglia, Italy

Originally we were set to go on a boat ride to see the sea caves but the weather was not cooperating this morning, rain had fallen last night and the wind was still bringing in a chance for rain so we postponed our boat ride for tomorrow.

So off to the beach we went. We went to the White Beach club, set up our lounge chairs and enjoyed a sunny day. At this beach the sand is a mix of tiny shells, a bit tougher on the feet and to enter the water you need to be careful as the shore is spiky lava rock. We enjoyed watching a little school of fush scurry through the water and crabs hide from us under rocks. We gathered shells along the shore, which I love to do at every beach I visit .

We enjoyed pizza at the restaurante

and tonight we had dinner at Grotta Palazzese, set in the cliffs.

This place has a spectacular view, is a romantic spot BUT THE FOOD WAS HORRIBLE! Not even edible and expensive too. So disappointing. We had heard the same reviews but were told there was a new chef so decided to try it. I dont usually give bad reviews but this restaurant needs to step up there game and get a chef that can cook.

The town itself is vibrant with lots of cute boutiques, restaurants and gelato shops everywhere. There was also a vendor street fair and the whole town seemed to be enjoying being out on a Sunday. Definitely worth going to see this cute town but skip the Grotta Palazzese please!

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene