It's "Hockey Night in Canada" and raining cats and dogs,
which gives me a chance to slow down,
catch up on blogville and gather my thoughts and memories of our trip to Italy!
There is pizza baking in the oven and the wood stove is warming the living room as I type this.
After our 7 day cruise on the Mediterranean Sea which ended in Rome,
we took a quick tour of Rome by taxi, hitting all the highlight spots
such as the Coliseum, Pantheon, and of course Trevi Fountain.
We threw some coins into the fountain in 2006 and sure enough we returned to do it again!
|This was a drive by shot! Traffic was horrid and we didn't stop.|
|A panoramic shot inside the Pantheon - what an amazing place!|
|Trevi Fountain - as beautiful as ever.|
A quick stop at the Abbey of St. Paul on our way out of the city was well worth the time!
The unhurried hush and respectful atmosphere of this abbey was a welcome calm to the very busy
city of Rome!
The first night on our own in Italy was at Hotel Castrum Boccea.
A beautiful country resort, giving us our first tastes of Italian driving, dining, and resting!
|Delicious Dinner in the resort's wine cellar - amazing! Great way to start our Italian adventure.|
I loved the table centre piece - perfect for our first authentic Italian dinner!
Next morning we made our way North to Umbria.
Our castle "Castello Izzalini Todi Resort" awaited our arrival.
Can you believe it - we stayed for a whole week in this beautiful castle?
We were pinching ourselves ...
The farmer snapped this picture of me sitting in the window sill, sipping on our first home-brewed coffee from a moka pot! It was a delicious introduction to how to brew and enjoy Italian coffee!
A sweet gentleman at a little grocery store in Todi sign languaged me as to which was his favourite coffee and the resort maitre de showed us how to use the moka pot! A lesson well used throughout the rest of our vacation.
The view from this window, morning, noon or evening never grew old!
Castello Issalini was our home base for so many adventures in Umbria.
First destination from the Castle ...
Assisi - Home of St. Francis!
|Steep climb to the top - this picture does not do justice to the incline! Why hadn't we done some physical training for this?|
The climb was well worth the views and sounds of the Basilica Papale Dis San Francesco!
|Downhill was much easier ... beautiful views along the way!|
We were ready for a filling and delicious fresh roasted (before our eyes) meal before heading back to the castle - what a day ending with complimentary Limoncello!
|Rosa dei Venti|
So much more to share about this enchanting place ... stay tuned.
In the meantime, Toronto Maple Leafs are winning against Montreal Canadiens. The pizza was delicio and I am exhausted from a full week of helping with Theatre Wellesley's production of "Daddy's Girl" by Gary Stapp. One more performance to go tomorrow afternoon. Then it's buckle down time to get Christmas decorations started around this old farm house. How do they decorate in Italy I wonder?
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my American friends ... may you be blessed by family and friends as you gather together.