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This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise and a blue sky. What a great start to our time here. The weather hasn’t been great and there’s more rain and cool temperatures to come, according to the weather forecasters.
We took our time with breakfast and then drove to Camucia for the weekly Thursday market. We had been here before and really enjoyed wandering around. The market hasn’t changed and I recognized a few of the vendors still in the same place as they were last time. We spent a couple of hours checking things out, bought some fruit, vegetables and 500gr of pork. It wasn’t hard to talk the pork guy into cutting off a piece of crackle for Charlie and I. Delicious!
There’s an election coming up in Italy later this month, so one of the politicians was out animatedly pushing his party’s views.
From Camucia, we continued on to Cortona for lunch. This is one of our favourite towns high up in the hills. It certainly attracts many tourists, particularly Canadians and Americans. Maybe that’s because it was the setting for the movie, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Frances Mayes, the woman whom the movie is based on still lives here, although we were told she has moved from her villa in the movie, ‘Bramasole’, to another home.
We stopped to browse around the studio of local artist, Vincenzo Martini. He does very interesting and amusing work, which features monks in every painting: monks dancing in the street, riding in balloons, sitting on the moon, etc. We talked with Vincenzo for a bit – very talkative and animated – and bought a small print. Not far away, I found a shot in an alley that went along with Martini’s by-line: ‘The Painter of Dreams’.
We continued our walk down the street and stopped at the Galleria il Pozzo, an art gallery and gift shop. We had been there before and I had taken a photo of the alley, where the shop is located. I pulled it up on my website and went in to show the owner and told him that I had printed a large copy on canvas, that hangs in our house. Another interesting, talkative guy. There was great artwork on display, including many beautiful photos of Tuscan scenes taken by his uncle.
Like all of the towns in Tuscany, Cortona has some great streets and alleys.
Not to mention the great walls, doors and windows.
Pinocchio is popular.
David had suggested that we have lunch at Osteria Del Teatro, one of his favourite restaurants, which is Michelin rated. According to the photos on the walls, they have hosted many famous people. Charlie suggested that we should take our portraits in to add to their collection. Speaking of collections, the women’s washroom was decorated with dolls – kinda creepy – and the men’s had all sorts of vintage metal cars and scooters. The owner told us that she’s getting rid of the dolls and is now collecting cats.
Lunch today was a sharing process. Cheryl Bonnie and I had 3 different pastas and Charlie ordered the roast duck. Everything was absolutely delicious! We shared some tiramisu for dessert and then they brought us each a glass of limoncello. What a thoroughly enjoyable, wonderful lunch!
From there, we wandered around the streets, ducking into shops and buildings. I went into one church to get a shot and, fortunately, there was nobody inside. I managed to get a handheld shot at 3200 ISO. What do you think?
We dropped the ladies and the groceries off at La Colonica and Charlie and I went back out to get a few shots: one that he could use for a painting he’s been working on, another of red poppies that grow wild (there are many growing along the railroad track, which meant Charlie boosting me up the concrete wall to get the shot), another of perfectly placed grape vines and an olive grove in a field and another of a line of trees up on the hill at Pozzo.
Dinner tonight consisted of a big dinner salad that Cheryl put together. Afterwards, C&C played cribbage, while Bonnie and I sat on the couch reading and catching up with photos and the blog.
Bed at 11:00, hoping for another good day tomorrow.