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... in for some "hair raising" moments. My learning to drive on a manual has paid dividend so many times. Skills you obviously don't loose as it has been years since I have driven a manual. This dear little Fiat has performed magnificently, taking the "double-shuffles" in its wake!
Phillip did enjoy the spectacular views and it was a great decision to take that route.
There was another blessing waiting on the other side of the mountain!
... the festival began, but it was not very "happy" for obvious reasons. There were a bunch of people dressed in medieval costumes and everyone in the town was very kind to us. I had pizza frita, which is a big pita bread with salt. I have been going to a salsa dancing place recently, which is really fun. I enjoy it more than Two Stepping because I actually enjoy the music being played.
... We noticed across the road and up slightly, of all restaurants, a Chinese restaurant! Straight away our taste buds zeroed in and we wished we had seen it before lunching. So on this return visit, Chinese was on our menu list and our taste buds!
It is so odd, having Chinese looking people, speaking Italian! Perhaps not so to Italians, in that they may speak with a terrible Italian accent, however to our ears, they sounded so ...
... teachers wandered into the piazza. Followed shortly after by civic officials, flags, banner and wreaths.
As luck would have it, just outside the hairdressers, there is a plague erected on the wall, commemorating "Panicale's fallen" during First and Second World Wars
When the officials arrived they all gathered in front of this plague, right outside the hairdresser's!
Of course, we couldn't understand the words but certainly ...
Montepulciano offers tons of artistic, cultural and tourist events besides "New Moon."
But then you have this souvenir shop which was a bust for "Twilight" stuff. Another one of those situations -- Trim Castle, Forli and Sound of Music in Salzburg -- where they have an untapped gold mine among the most traveled people on the planet, Americans, and they seem to be ignoring it. Or maybe it's just my American ethnocentrism.