Arrival in Umbria
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Anyway, moving right along in my story...got on the bus, then a 3 hour ride to the hotel. I remember my first program in Spain driving out to Valdalavilla being amazed by the fields of poppies, this time it was the gorgeous fields of sunflowers everywhere you looked.
The hotel is mostly in one building, with the reception, bar, restaurant, and the majority of the rooms above. Then there is the pool, with an apartment beside it (where Pablo and Brian stayed), and at the other end of the hotel is the chapel, with another apartment (where Joanne and Bob were upstairs, and I had the downstairs. I guess it paid to be on a 4hr delayed flight with P & B after all!). I was extremely thankful for my room when we found out the air con wasn't working in the hotel, but yet my room remained cool all week. I tried not to mention that too loudly there though J
Our first dinner was quite a dining experience!! There was a wedding reception in the hotel at the same time, so the food just kept coming and coming. While delicious, there comes a point where you can't bear to look at another dish. I am sure that too much food was to blame for lack of some people's sleep that night, as much as the heat. Very tasty though! When the dancing started, at one point a conga line formed and wound it's way through our side of the dining area. The wedding guests started pulling people from our group in to the dance, which was lots of fun. Some people didn't find the festivities all that entertaining though, at about midnight a man came out of one of the privately owned apartments and went out to his car and laid on the horn for what seemed an eternity. Apparently in Italy "please can you turn your music down I am trying to sleep" is not the way to make a statement. The father of the bride came out and had a "chat" with the crazy honker, which involved a lot of hand gesturing, colourful language and yelling on both parts. Very Italian! I can't remember how many times the crazy honker laid on the horn, but eventually I think he packed up his dog and his wife and headed back to wherever he came from. But more on him later!