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We have now learnt two things about the weather in this part of Italy- it knows how to be hot and it knows how to rain.
We managed to get under way soon after 08:00. The first part of the ride was on nice quiet roads through lovely countryside up to a little way beyond the lovely hilltop village of San Gimignano. We had an elevenses stop of spinach tortillas at San Gimignano.
Some way after San Gimignano the rain started - the ...
... of ice creams, home made of course, for 1 Euro each. Pistachio and Strachiatella, a kind of mint choc chip, piled up on top of a biscuit cone. Lush.
I had intended adding some pictures to the entries today and brought the memory stick with me. Unfortunately, I forgot the essential lead that connects the memory to the laptop, so they'll have to wait until another day.
Finally for this entry, we went to the Commune, (pronounced Kor-moo-nay), the town hall, ...
... again, this time with success. Marco had warned his friend that we were coming to make sure we were not disappointed twice. The gelato we excellent, we could see why it was the best in Lucca. Despite our best efforts we could not pay for Marco’s, we were feeling like we would never be able to repay Marco and Helene’s generosity.
On our way back there were many times when Marco wandered off and chatted to various people, it felt like he knew everybody! We ...
... I had a dip, just because it was there. Only about 22 degrees in the air but the water is so WARM.
A FEW ODDS AND ENDS
A bonus of a lazy day is having the energy in the evening to type my thoughts and not just crash as soon as we finish dinner. By the way, that`s not too outrageous because restaurants do not even open until 7:00 and then you have to remember eating dinner is a social event, Italy being the home of the slow food movement. One other ...
... Sonnet caught it then looked a few metres ahead of me. There were no magicians, but there was a rat. We decided to leave the art museum.
We hung out at the hotel for a while, then went back outside for some hot chocolate. It was actually cold outside, so we bought some souvenir sweatshirts and walked around for a while. I bought a magnet that said 'I lean for Pisa’, which had a picture of the ...