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... Cortona has a gorgeous view. For Jay's views on Italian towns and the experience of driving to them, see him as this blog is PG.
We walked through the town discovering many tiny art galleries and shops selling hand crafted goods. There were quite a few places to buy leather bags and shoes at really good prices but I did not come here to shop,sigh. I did buy a little something for someone special though.
We took a few pictures throughout Cortona hoping to ...
... never really cared for minestrone in the past because of the tomatoes, but this soup was true "Tuscan." Lots of vegetables, beans and just so good. I also had some bruschetta pomodoro. I learned the secret last year for how to make bruschetta....you must first toast the bread, then rub a bit of raw garlic directly on the toast, drizzle with olive oil and then put your tomato mixture on top. Absolute heaven!
There was a totally obnoxious ...
... the power of Florence.
There are lots of grape vines and olive trees around. Some of us bought some Italian olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and wine.
We arrived home weary and sore to a lovely dinner made by Karen of Chicken Cacciatore which was absolutely delicious.
Love and miss each and every one of you,
Dianne, Karen, Becky and little Laurie
Got an early start this morning, and drove to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore near Asciano, a Provence of Siena. It was a beautiful drive through Tucany, will golden wheat fields that's seemed to continue forever.
Strange weather today, winds whipping through the hills, dark skys all around, almost pre-tornado like winds. It was no longer sunny and hot everyday like ...
... the Piazza del Duomo or Piazza Dei Miracoli. (from wiki) "It contains four great religious edifices: the Duomo (cathedral), the Campanile (the cathedral's free standing bell tower), the Baptistry and the Camposanto".
We get some quick pics and go into the Cathderal Chapel to pray and i get yelled at by some jobsworth woman telling me i have to cover my shoulders. Fine but there is no need for the rudeness and shouting at me in Italian ...