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As we were in Greece, then of course we had to look for Mount Olympus the home of the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology. Yes, we found it, but it turns out that it is one of the tallest mountains in Greece and is a Ski resort. As we were travelling in early winter, maybe we would have a look at Mt Olympus from afar. Instead we found an archaeological site which was an ancient city called ...
... the old city walls. They separate the old historic town from the much newer one surrounding it now, which has gradually developed over the years. It's not a flat walk, as the wall builders followed the natural contours of the land, but the effort of going up and down is more than rewarded by the views of the hills and mountains (the Appennines we think) which can be seen quite clearly. Hopefully the ...
... to a Leonardo fan. Then Joy rounded the last screen and there she was......Bianca Sforza, La bella principessa herself......a small painting displayed on a screen all by itself in this huge room...... And no indication on the internet or anywhere that it would be here. Palpitations, skips and jumps, gasps of wonder.....it is exquisite. The rest of the rooms, even those oin the 2nd floor, seemed quite dull after that, although there were plenty of ...
... and changed over the years, you still are very much aware that you are in a family home of that time. As well as original paintings by Raphael's father, himself a much in demand painter, the highlight is a painting of the madonna and child by the young Raphael, and you can plainly discern the wonderful capture of light and colour which was to make him famous in later years.
Somewhat in awe we slithered back down the hill to relax with a ...
... that the restaurant was only 4 minutes walk from the hotel, even in the snow.
Anyway, we duly timed a snack at the right time so we would be hungry enough for dinner but not too hungry as to be past it. Very clever bodies :-)
At 9.15 we left our hotel wrapped up like Eskimos and slithered the short distance to the restaurant, taking extra care on the slope down to the building itself! The two rooms were already ...