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... restaurants were closed, but we did manage to locate somewhere to eat each day. Thankfully, our host (Costas) was happy to drive to a village to find a restaurant and he always had a detour to suggest, “You’re not in a hurry are you?” and then drive us down a narrow road to see a beautiful view. We ate in some great restaurants and had some yummy food. But as the weather turned worse, we were lucky to find a restaurant in Kourissia where they ...
... the National Art Gallery of Urbino, and Joy is doing a separate entry for this - she having spent almost six hours drooling over the building and its amazing art works. Even Michael's talents for turning a phrase blanched at the prospect of describing this to you!
As the day was so fine and sunny, and he had seen enough of the art, Michael decided to take a walk around the town, Literally around it, ...
... of note and beauty to Joy to study and write about.....but this one small painting was in her head.
3 hours later she wandered out the gallery, tablet full of notes,head full of colours, compositions, brush strokes etc., and Bianca Sforza....and strolled down the hill to meet Michael for lunch.
Then chatting about their respective visits he asked "....and what did you think of the Lapis fellow?"..... Who?......and the cartoons by Carracci ...
... Piazza has a great marble statue of Raphael, and Liam had to pay his respects of course, and then build his own little snowman (see the photos on face book) before trying his hand at tree hugging. Honestly, he seems to have more fun than we do sometimes!
We had an excellent lunch of local soup and wine in a cafe at the Piazza, and then back down the hill to the house where Raphael was born and first worked. This is mid 14th century, and though ...
... bill and aired our thanks for a wonderful dinner, we spent a while wondering around, watched the skaters on the open air ice rink and then took a small nightcap of grappa in our favourite bar, listening to the said band. Eventually at about one we headed back to the hotel to find that a bucket of ice containing a bottle of bubbly stuff and two glasses and some chocolates had been left in our room :-) well we couldn't let it go to waste!!