Day 10 – Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Thanksgiving Sunrise Over Tuscany

Thanksgiving Sunrise Over Tuscany

Sun Rays Over Cortona

Sun Rays Over Val di Chiana

It was such a great sunset last night that I assumed the sunrise would be just as good, so I set the alarm for 6:30.  I must have been excited about it because I woke up at 6:00 & laid there until it was time.  I carried the ladder to the back of the property again to get the higher vantage point.  It worked great, since there was a small platform that I could sit the camera & spare lens on & hang the camera bag from the top of the leg.  The sun rose from behind the mountains overlooking Cortona, so it really was ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’!

La Colonica

La Colonica

 

Charlie was up when I went back in about an hour later.  We had some breakfast & then went out in search of a cemetery in Foiano Della Chiana.  We found it but, unfortunately, all entrances were locked, so no luck there.  Back to the villa.

 

 

Cortona's Piazza della Republica

Cortona’s Piazza della Republica

Trattoria Dardano

Bonnie & Cheryl were up by then, so after a shower, we were off to Cortona, about a 1/2 hour drive from La Colonica.  What a neat place!  We had to park outside of the walls & walk up the steep streets into the town.  We enjoyed ourselves checking out the sights & shops, then went to Trattoria Dardano for lunch.  C & C raved about it from their meal there 3 years ago & we weren’t disappointed.  Charlie, Bonnie & I had pasta with wild boar & Cheryl had lamb chops.  We all enjoyed crunchy fried fresh porcini mushrooms with our meals.  I, of course, had fizzy water while the others had a litre of red wine….not each, but I’m starting to wonder about them.

 

View from Cortona

View from Cortona

We continued our walk around the town, looking for Canadians who we could wish a Happy Thanksgiving.  We met a couple from Toronto, who live in Lucignano (the town we went to on Sunday) 5 months of the year & they love it there.  We also met a whole group of Canadians & it took only 2 words from 1 of them for me to detect an accent & ask, “Are you from the maritimes?”.  Moncton.  Just for the hell of it, I asked, “Do you know John Allain?”.  One of the guys, George, said, “Yes, he was the head of Codiac Transit, right?  I worked with his brother.”  His wife said, “I went to school with his wife, Fran.”  Another one of those ‘small world’ moments.

Exploring the Tuscan towns is a great experience.  Comparing the 2 that we’ve spent time in so far, Lucignano & Cortona, we preferred Lucignano.  It just had a great feel to it, while Cortona gets a lot more tourists, because of the movie.

It was time to head back.  When we arrived in San Sorvino, the closest town to Marciano, we  did some shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner & stopped at the bank.  We ran out of money!  Back to the villa to begin making dinner.  We pigged out on chicken breasts in a yummy white sauce, green beans, baked squash and potatoes!   More fizzy water for me & another litre of wine for the others.  I really am wondering about them!

The rest of the evening was total relaxation in front of the fire, reading, writing this blog entry, catching up on some email & Facebook & watching a move….’The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’.  The other 2 in the series are here as well, so no doubt we’ll watch them too.

I’ve taken a lot of photos so far (surprised?) & a great many of them are windows, doors & various vignettes from wherever we’ve been, so I’ll have to put together a collection of those at some point.

Weather-wise today, it was great, about 20C & mostly sunny.  Rain & thunder storms are forecasted for the next 3 days.  No big deal, we’ll just find things to do in the rain, like visit the Sant’ Antimo Abbey to hear the monks’ Gregorian chanting.

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