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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 ...
... plus years old for the most part. It took us a moment to work out why this was so. It's not just the cleanliness of the buildings and streets, though this helps of course, it's because Urbino sits on a hill, and is alternately washed by the rain (and snow) and polished by the bright summer sun. Plus, there are few cars, and fewer chimneys, so there is little or no air pollution. Once you realise this, it is ...
... 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 ...
... five minutes to spare, and with hardly any hangover, though a little bleary eyed and furry tongued. About eleven we wrapped up to brave the weather and continue our exploration of Urbino. We found our initial view was right: it is not flat. But it is very beautiful. Every single street goes up or down, often quite steeply, and many of them have great views as we hope you will see from the photos. Wait till we get back and you see the full slide show! ...
... 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 ...