The heaven that people imagine

The heaven that people imagine

[Nov. 2009] On the day we visited San Marino, the fifth smallest country in the world, I ate a delicious Cappelletti lunch and went outside and found that the fog had been cleared and the sky was deep blue.

the lower world was under the clouds
separated from the lower world

However, the lower world was surrounded by clouds.

It seemed that we were in a world that was completely separated from the lower world, and I wondered if the heaven that people imagine was like this.

It was my first time in San Marino, but my husband, who had visited many times for work and holidays, said that this was the first time for him to see this scenery.

The stone pavement, which is apparently crowded with people in the summer, was quiet on this day at the end of November.

Guaita on top of the hill
impressive Guaita castle

San Marino is famous for its castle ruin that stands on top of the hill in a triangle shape.

I didn’t know until I went there, but there were three castles.

They are fortresses that protected the country from aggression.

The oldest and most picturesque is the 11th century Guaita.

It is said that it was a fort that was also been used as a prison.

the view from the castle in San Marino
from the medieval window

The location of the castle is unique which gives you a strong impression anyway, but since the lower world was in the clouds on that day, the expression “castle in the sky” was perfect.

It was worth taking pictures.

Besides Guaita, there are Cesta, built in the 13th century, and Montale in the 14th century.

Guaita and Cesta were open to the public, so we went inside.

Weapons were the main items on display, and the rest was empty, so I wasn’t really interested in it, but the view from the window was also fantastic.

In the meantime, the sun was gradually coming down.

It was November, so the sun set early.

the moon in San Marino
the sky during the blue hour

The view of the sun setting over the clouds was also wonderful.

Then, during the blue hour after sunset, the moon suddenly rose.

Now it was the time to go home and when we asked for the way to the car park, the policeman saluted us.

Was it the culture of this country?

When we arrived at the car park,  a man and a woman were quarreling.

The woman was angry with the man, saying, “We’ve been out of the house for less than 20 minutes, but you called your mum six times!”

It was unclear whether this couple was San Marino or Italian, but almost all the men around here are mother’s boys, regardless of country.

By the way, in Italy, the mother’s boy is called “Mammone”.