|The little family (part of it without two sons) walking in the main square of l’Aquila|
|Just some cards|
|First page of the population register regarding 1879|
|Old documents destroyed by the war in Scontrone regarding Tirilli Caterina|
Later in the afternoon we visited L’Aquila, the hometown of my great grandfather. I was struck by the beauty of the city and heartbroken by the devastation. I knew of the earthquake, I had read about it and seen some videos and programs on it, but there was no way I could fathom what had happened without seeing it in person. Still I have a hard time grasping the events. To see such a beautiful place in such a state, is overwhelming. I am at a loss for words.
|L’Aquila the Santa Maria della Misericordia little square where Domenico Cambio was born|
We were able to find the place where my great grandfather was born, very near the church Santa Maria di Misercordia. He was born in a charity home and given to the midwife who attended the birth. The midwife brought him to the Mayor of L’Aquila who gave him his name, Domenico Cambio. Domenico because he was born on a Sunday, Cambio because his history was to be changed. He was given to a woman, Antonia Rotilio who breast fed him and swore to take responsibility for his life. An incredible story.
Immagino quale tristezza avrà provato nel rivedere L'Aquila in queste condizioni … un saluto a TODD
Grazie della risposta.
Appena Todd sarà in grado (ora è in viaggio) risponderà. E' incredibile ma non ha provato alcuna tristezza, perchè era per la primissima volta in Italia ed ha visto l'Aquila come una città meravigliosa e bellissima, stupendosi di come nel resto del mondo non fosse conosciuta per le sue bellezze.
La sua promessa è quella di tornare con tutti gli altri della famiglia Cambio, suo zio, i suoi fratelli e cugini.
Ciao to everybody,
We have safely arrived home and have been enjoying our older boys. I planted 120 cloves of Sulmona red garlic in my garden yesterday. It was quite an event getting it into the country. There was a dog at the airport in Chicago who was sniffing for fruit, vegetables and salami. Luckily I was able to get past him. You'd think I was smuggling heroine or something!
Thank you so much for all of your warmth and hospitality during our visit.
Todd & my family