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Our first couple of nights in Greece were spent in a place called Alexandroupolis where we had found a campground that was open, which turned out to be a bit of a wonder in Greece, but it gave us the time to have an admin day, catch up on emails, blogs and also to do some washing.
Whilst there, we also caught up with some of the Dutchies that we had met in Turkey (travelling in an off-road expedition truck) and also met some Germans who were on their way ...
... 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! ...
... 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!!