Today started out wet and windy, and now as we write this missive at 7:00 pm the sun is breaking out to the west and the wind is still combing the landscape arranging everything in a different pattern. The long grasses in the fields below us look like air drying hair pushed by the wind.
Breakfast caffe and wonderful pastries, an educational trip to a shop making designer pastas with the same six Canadiens began our day today, organized by Alina, the host for all of us
. After being together, Alina convinced the two of us to take her little Panda Fiat and drive 35 km to the village of Cortona, another walled city atop a hill. After parking the car, we entered through a portal in the wall and began our exploration of this ancient city. On the first street, Sue walked into a ceramic store and found some handmade earrings and a ring, which she purchased with birthday money from her mother. We met three teachers there who were from England, one who has set up a non-profit to help special needs children in East Africa. We think that the trip has made the world smaller for us. We see good people throughout the world who are making a difference in this world. We found a little caffe on a side street where we had a lovely lunch, using the money our friends, Bob and Sally, gifted us before we left Minneapolis. Mille Grazie, Bob and Sally! Wending our way home, we had to recalculate our route, as the road ended. The nice thing about the neighborhood in which we are staying, on e can see the bell towers from quite a distance, much like the light houses on Lake Superior. With David's wonderful sense of direction, we found our way back to Fontanaro, just in time for a little nap. Because tomorrow is our last full day at Fontanaro, we anticipate that the day will be delicious by soaking up images of El Fontanaro, a place that gives us a taste of wine and roses.
We spent a lazy gray day yesterday reading, taking photographs, and watching the automatic lawn mower do its thing - a little different than the art and antiquity of Roma, Firenze and Manarola; however, it was some needed time to reflect. Last night we had dinner with six folks from Canada who are staying at a villa across the edge of the village of Paciano. We dined at Loca Bruschetta, about 3 km from Fontanaro. Good dinner conversations made us proud about passing the right for all to marry law in MN.