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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 ...
... the old city walls. They separate the old historic town from the much newer one surrounding it now, which has gradually developed over the years. It's not a flat walk, as the wall builders followed the natural contours of the land, but the effort of going up and down is more than rewarded by the views of the hills and mountains (the Appennines we think) which can be seen quite clearly. Hopefully the ...
... 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 ...
... and changed over the years, you still are very much aware that you are in a family home of that time. As well as original paintings by Raphael's father, himself a much in demand painter, the highlight is a painting of the madonna and child by the young Raphael, and you can plainly discern the wonderful capture of light and colour which was to make him famous in later years.
Somewhat in awe we slithered back down the hill to relax with a ...
... to do it all justice.
The atmosphere was great...it was just like sitting down to eat at the family table, everyone dipping in and out of bowls of the same foods, all being served at the same time, and chatting and laughing. The staff had everything running like clockwork and were so friendly. The desserts were brought at 11.30 and although they were absolutely delicious Michael had the opportunity to finish Joys ice cream as ...