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There was so much packing to do, as you can imagine, we have collected a few things along the way, Laurie made me dispense with a few things since I have had a little retail therapy! All is good though and we managed to squeeze everything in. Gea, our landlord, came around for a farewell drink, after she left we went into "Antica Enoteca" in via della Croce near the Spanish Steps for a pasta and a bottle of Nero d'Avola, yum, an early night, we have a big day ...
We were blessed that Rick and Donna brought the Colorado sunshine to Florence with them! Yesterday we walked 10 miles showing them the main highlights of the old city. Last night we made chili (Donna brought me the beans and seasoning) which we took to our church's International Dinner at Erik and Clair's apartment. 31 people from all over the world attended. This morning we took a bus about 1 hour south of Florence ...
Today we went with Peter and Jenny and Sophie and Alan to the monastery where St Francis of Assisi lived. It is,as are all the monasteries we have visited, in an out of the way difficult to reach area. It is quite large but very little of it is open to the public.
We left there and were to go straight to the central tower of Cortona, the last line of defence. ...
... br> We had this on our last night and were joined by the guests staying below, five Canadians from Toronto. Alessando speaks great English but Rita only a few words so there was lots of sign language and google translations. Rita's 85 year old Mama joined us and brought all the fresh fruit and vegetables from her garden as well as their own olive oil and homemade red wine.
We had:- 5 different bruschetta- tagatallie with fresh black truffle ...
... that their belongings etc still exist today.
In the museum is a deed to a property, which is one of only a few examples of Etruscan writing. The item is priceless and was found nearby, it was on metal, but folded, and one piece is missing, who knows why??
It is a fascinating glimpse into an ancient world and makes you think about where we sit in this big ole world of ours, we're just a dot on its horizon and in this time frame..