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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 ...
Today you get two blogs......Joys and Michaels!
Breakfast was at a more sensible hour than yesterday, Joy was not running down at 9.55 to grab coffee, fruit and Cornetto for us both before they stopped serving! By 10 am this morning we were ready and already walking up the road in the winter sunshine to the Ducal Palace where the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche is. Michael was due for his treat of the trip.....to see his Raphael in this gallery in the ...
... 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! ...
... Morbido "Ciauscolo"
Polenta con pate di fegato
Crostino di Farro con pesto di rucola, radicchio, noci e formaggio
Casciotta d'Urbino DOP e crema di limone
Frittata con zucca gislls, funghi porcini e pecorino di fossa, al forno
Passatelli vegetariani, asciutti con verdure in padella
Fettuccine di grano duro "Capelli" BIO con ragu di lepre e ginepro