The very last weekend was absolute bliss. That is, at least it was, as I look back now savoring that time through photographs. (sigh)
Toward the hilltop where we painted on our last outing for watercolor
vineyard to valley
my view for the painting
an interested landowner, off to burn branches
learning about baby grapes
texture of new spring grape leaves, and the starts of grape clusters
Gabriele’s “forget-me-not” tiny purple flower and my dear friends
Not so bad for a last trip out with the brushes. Such a good time!
Gabriele being sad about us leaving.
Earbud playing Frank Sinatra to spider in the grasses. Best photo ever :)
Castiglion from the east
A fair in Castiglion and a fair in Kansas don’t differ that much, machinery.
Gelato at the Coco Palm, the most vareities of any time I was there. Creamy flavors.
Fruity flavors, pompelmo (grapefruit), kiwi, limone (lemon), fragola (strawberry).
Solar power meets medieval slate roof homes.
Truffle products and whole truffles, a product of Tuscany.
my friend Mr. Vulcano shows off his solar hot water tubes.
Carnival outside medieval walls
Street after the morning rain
Cafe Ignorante patio
ink wash sketch
Visiting the agriturismo, la pievuccia, http://www.lapievuccia.it/ where my favorite wine in Italy was made, from Santa Chiara its just down in the valley. Honey, olive oil, and wine, among other items are made on the farm. Agriturismo is a program that the government supports, bringing turism money to the farmers of the area, encouraging them to keep growing the food of Italy. Learning why the bees left the this hive.
Standing in the Chardonnay vineyard
machines for wine making
table tennis in the olive grove
Italian Garfield, my neighbor