Italy Leg 4 (January 21-24): Matera, Loreto, Numana. (By the way, I have no idea how many legs total there are - I’m totally just making things up as I go!) This leg was beautiful, relaxing and very spiritual. Favorite highlights of Matera: The stunning beauty of the city, being right near the conservatory of music & being serenaded by beautiful classical music as I walked the streets, playing ukulele in the Piazza, and the little cat friend I made who decided to crawl up on my lap both days I was there.
As for Loreto, inside its main Basilica/church, is the sacred holy house of the Virgin Mary. I lit candles, made offerings and was overcome with powerful emotion as soon as I stepped into her house, and as I could feel the divine presence surrounding me and within me, I was brought to tears. The energy was beyond powerful to experience. I knelt in the center of her house and meditated for almost an hour receiving beautiful messages for which I am incredibly grateful. Just Amazing. Shortly after I stepped out of the house, an Italian nun approached me and asked if I would be attending mass which was happening now - I haven’t attended a regular mass in years, so what incredible timing to be asked by a nun to stay for mass inside the same church that holds Mary’s house! So, yes, I took that as a beautiful sign and absolutely stayed. Then, as soon as I stepped out of the basilica from mass, I was greeted with an unbelievable sunset adorning the sky...again, I sat in meditation and just took it all in. Beautiful. Angels everywhere if we pay attention.
The next morning, I visited the holy house again to meditate some more and then made my way to Numana, a nearby village, to get up close & personal with the stunning Adriatic Sea. It did not disappoint. So many beautiful, meditative and peaceful, present moments in this leg. 🙏🏽✨🦋 #italia #italy #matera #passionofthechrist #loreto #holyhouseofmary #miracles #holyhouse #numana #solotravel #solotraveler #europe #europeantravel #solofemaletraveler #solofemaletravel #journey #adventure #lifeisajourney #spiritualpilgrimage #pilgrimage #blissedout #adriaticsea #meditation #meditate #spiritualjourney - 5 hours ago