Ok, we are back to recapping the Italy trip. This particular morning was a little rough because Susan was in the midst of a full blown cold. I felt so bad for her! Once we made it to the van we headed out for Cortona but missed the exit and drove about 45 minutes out of our way. It was still fun sight seeing though. Ha! Cortona is where "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed and the author of the book still lives there. It's one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany and also the most scenic.
Here I tried to get a picture from the car of Cortona as we drove up to it. Not a very good pic.
Cortona was top on my mom's list of places to visit while in Italy. She loved the movie and couldn't wait to get there. As you can see in the picture below, she practically ran up the hill to get into the town.
Inside of the town. It was a fairly large town and we didn't even see half of it!
For lunch we had our favorite, pizza by the slice. Then to finish it off, we indulged ourselves with some Gelato. These were fancy ones too! They put decorations on them. You can see it better if you click on the picture.
One of the many beautiful views from Cortona.
As we were strolling through the town we came across this little guy. I immediately thought of my best friend, Kara, because her family LOVES bulldogs. They have two! I had to stop and say "hello" to the little puppy so I could tell Kara I met an Italian bulldog. He was a feisty little guy.
This picture was taken moments before the puppy jumped up and hit Sally square in the nose! You can see it in his eyes that he was after her! LoL Sally had a red mark on her nose for a while after that. Bulldogs have a strong jaw.
While we were leisurely wondering through Cortona we came across this church. There was really nothing famous about it and I think Ryan was blue in the face from seeing soooo many churches over the past few days. So we decided to spice it up a bit and we tried to harmonize to hear it echo through the church. The Ebright's are known for the vocal ability. Me, not so much. So it was interesting none the less, but we had fun.
Their pews were so neat, not very comfortable I might add. I had to take a picture.
We happened across this purse shop and struck up a conversation with the British owner of the store. She told us all about the author, Frances Mayes, that wrote "Under the Tuscan Sun". How she comes into town a lot and where her house is. So we decided we were going to try and find it.
My mom with her new purse. (I got one too, and so did the Ebright ladies.)
After we left the town we tried to follow the store owner's directions to Frances' house but got so lost! We ended up on a 90 degree hill and it was one lane. I thought that was the end of all of us in that huge van! So we gave up, seeing how we valued our lives more then finding this house.
Next, we visited Castiglione Florentine where Sally's architecture school is. It was so fun to see her stomping grounds and what she experiences on a daily basis. I wish we could have seen more of it, but it was getting late by then.
I just love gorgeous views! Can you tell?
This is Sally's corner of the room she shares with three other ladies. Susan is checking out some art work on the walls that Sally created.
The back of her school.
I just love me some Sally. :o) I miss you!!
Mother & Daughter
So this picture is of Ryan reenacting my mother falling of the step here. That seemed to be a common occurrence with my mom on this trip. Ok, let's be honest... a common occurrence in everyday life.