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... and a quick look, whilst seated then left quietly by the same door. No doubt forty-five minutes later would be quite different. There was already a group being "briefed" at the base of the steps.
We crossed the piazza for a "caffe-for-the-road".
I'm now a convert to "espresso macchiato", that is espresso served in those very stylish little cups with a dash of hot frothy milk. Of course, I add one sachet of sugar to lessen the intensity just ...
... there are candles that you can make an offering for as you take the candle. When you get in front of the tomb, there are baskets for you to place the candles in. They are not to be lit but they say they will be lit and offered. Sounds like a rort to me. I bet one of the monasteries uses them to cook their meals or to make coffee with. Given the Italian devotions and preference to this sort of thing, St Francis could be a major contributor to ...
... best pasta. After our meal I joined the group walking up to St. Francis' hermitage. I spent some time up there and walked around through the woods before heading back down to town. I made it in just as it started to get dark and walked around some of the little shops before they close. It's been such a long day that I opted for a shower and nap before dinner. I'm so exhausted I'm opting for watching some movie and then bed. Buona note e baci dalla ...
Tuesday 4 November 2014
A Big Day in Panicale....for two reasons!
Firstly, I visited Mara, the ladies hairdresser in the piazza. Thought I wanted regrowth and trim?
Picture shows new Sue back in the piazza enjoying morning coffee. I put it down to "lost in translation", ah, it's Italy!
I must say it was definitely the "quietest" visit to a ladies hairdresser I have ever experienced.
Mara speaks no English ...
... and watched as many of the town's Uni Students graduated, with their ivy coronets and bouquets of red roses, plus lots of popping corks and cheers from Nonna and Pops all over. As we sauntered down towards the bus back to Spello, we still find ourselves amazed at the shops and the food they present. We went inside a tiny little 'deli' looking shop, decorated in early 'boar' (big in Umbria, boars are). The owner insisted we try a little 'aged boar' - a delicacy she says. Looks ...