This was a very cool day! Joined Anne's tour group today......hey! she provides transportation and this is huge around here. think there were 7 or 8 of us. This is where I met billie and dawn....fun ladies! Our first stop was Bevagna, but along the way, we saw many things....
a shrine with a copy of Rafael's Lady of the Chair...just want to show you the beauty and intricacy in this side of the road place to worship...
Beautiful!! and isn't that the fattest baby ever??
Next, we came upon the shrine to St. Francis where he spoke to the animals..
Anne read to us the whole passage that is written in stone under the altar...I'm going to make a synopsis of what it said.....she's gonna kill me because she is a stipler for details of history...sorry, anna!
"the birds gathered and Francesco said to them..Sister Birds, the Lord has given you fields of green to feed in and mountains to protect you and fresh springs to quench your thirst. All flew off to the four corners of the world to preach his word, just as Francesco had done."
a mental image I will keep in my mind for those rainy, winter days ahead!
a fave butcher shop where we were treated to a tasting of meats and cheeses
rosie with her plate of wonderfulness!
be still my heart....while the rows and rows of Pecorino cheese call my name! Had to bring a bit of this back to apt. Umbria is the home of pecorino perfection!
also visited a frescoed theatre that dates back to 1886. Absolutely gorgeous
loved this......while walking down street, I noticed the "old man" chairs......they have even put their names onto their own chairs!!
Also, saw a mailman and asked him to mail the postcards that the grandbabies received!
An image from the gates entering Bevagna....a reflection..
how much in heaven do I think I was when I saw all this stemware???
name of the place
MY place setting
learning to swirl and sniff from roberto!
and of course, taste!
first to watch the olive oil be poured!
first the bruschetta....white and black truffle! pesto and tomato
then, a white lentil soup
and the salad....notice the balsamic being dripped on.....rachel, you would love it!
First, bianco.....all the next ones were red...mmmmmm!
Yep!! we drank all of these...and a few more!!
Father and Son........a spectacular team!
and if you think this is just a wine and olive oil cellar?? Oh no! They also make skin products made with their olive oil!
On our walk thru town, the "men who sit" asked us to take a pic with them!!
Whew!!! What a fun day!!!