Don't know yet if I posted my schedule for this trip. I leave for Florence on 9/22, get in in the afternoon of 9/23 (after a stop in Madrid!). I'll stay in Florence for 2 nights (and those who followed my blog last year will know where I plan to go first!) then I will take the train to La Spezia which is in the province of Liguria. Then a train to Riomaggiore which is the first of the five villages in the Cinque Terre. I'll stay in Riomaggiore for 3 nights, hiking mostly during the days (although maybe a cooking class), then I will train to Perugia where I'll be staying for 7 nights. I know that I will for sure do a day trip to Assisi and probably another 1 or 2 towns. And, through one of the travel forums I belong to, a woman contacted me who is traveling to Perugia with her sister at the same time as I'll be there and she wanted to know if I'd be interested in going on a truffle hunt! Apparently, it requires a minimum of 4 people, so I'd be a third person. So, I figured what the heck - I've been curious about truffles ever since I first read about them - and said yes I'd do it if they end up doing it. So, if that works out that will be kind of neat to be with a couple of Americans for a little "adventure". After Perugia, I will go to Bologna and stay there for four nights. I've signed up for a tour that would take me to the "big three" - a Parma ham producer, a Parmesan cheese producer, and a balsamic vinegar producer. This is what I wanted to do last year. And I'm not 100% sure it will happen this year. Bologna may turn out to just not work well for me. The couple I signed up with are expecting a baby on October 1, my tour is scheduled for October 7, and according to the new mama, it will take place unless she would have the baby on the 7th. So, we'll just have to wait and see on that.
So, that's Italy for now. Last night was pleasant. One of the residents here invited the owner of the new, soon-to-open deli/grocery (which I posted about a couple or so months ago) to come talk to some of the residents. She was very personable, had lots of exciting things to tell us, and gave us each a little shopping bag to use when we go shopping in her deli. One thing she said they're going to do is roast all their own meats. So if you order a ham, or turkey, or beef sandwich, it will be sliced from the meat they've roasted - it won't be prepackaged lunchmeat! They have quite an extensive sandwich/salad/soup type menu and will also be serving about anything you want to order for breakfasts. I can't imagine that it won't do well - I would think it would be what a whole lot of people downtown are looking for - both residents and people who work here but live elsewhere. She pretty much promised that they will have their "soft" opening a week from Monday so I plan to be there with bells on and will report.
Today a neighbor stopped in for a little visit and when she walked in she said "oh, it's so beautiful!" And that's not me being conceited, cause it's my great huge windows that make it so beautiful. You walk in and just feel like you're "up in the air". But her comment did prompt me to take some pictures (since I don't have any other pictures to post right now). I think some of these angles may have been in other posts, but here's the whole tour (except the bedroom - there were clothes on the bed and shoes on the floor!)
So, that's it. Amazing how I can take so many pictures of such a tiny place, right? But a girl (ha!) has to do something on a Saturday night! Now I've earned a trip to Starbucks (tee hee).