7 Apr

With the calendar reading April, I am filled with anticipation. As I look out the window, or take walks, my eyes are surrounded with the signs of spring…plants pushing aside their winter hibernation as they eagerly seek sunshine; trees coming to life and showing off their annual budding ritual.



In addition to spring, I am also anticipating our return to Cortona. According to local friend Patricia, spring is also in the air.

“April 3rd was a fine day.  It wasn’t very warm but the sun was shining and it felt like spring.  This made everybody particularly happy because of an Italian proverb:

Terzo Aprilante, quaranta dì durante, 

or as some say,

Terzo aquilante, quaranta dì durante.

That means that if it rains on April 3rd, it will rain for 40 days!  After all the rain we have had, nobody could bear the thought of that, so the sunny day was a great relief!”

Sure hope the proverb holds true!

So, on this sunny Sunday, a few other things I look forward to in Cortona:

Getting back to piazza life –




Taking in the incredible vistas –


 Marveling at the architecture –




Strolling the local markets –



Enjoying simply delicious food –

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Sharing some incredible vino –


Being immersed in “Italian class” every day –


And after walking for miles, sometimes just hanging out with Len in Piazza Gharibaldi, watching tourists come and go, and feeling, if only for a short time, that we belong to this little piece of heaven – 





6 Responses to “Anticipation!”

  1. Florence C. Connelly April 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

    Beautiful photos !!

    Florence C. Connelly


  2. Sandy Holswade April 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM #

    Oh Judy, it’s almost intoxicating it’s so beautiful. I look forward to reading about each and every wonderful new experience you encounter during your stay. Larry and I will miss not being with you in person, but will be with you in spirit.




    • blogginginitaly April 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM #

      We are so excited to be going back; just wishing you could join us again. Great catching up earlier. Hugs to you both!


  3. kathleen(kathy) cori April 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

    Always a lovely blog; sounds like you’ll be returning soon. Bella vacanza! Spero di visitare Cortona per la prima volta a settembre per la mia vacanza. Buona sera.


    • blogginginitaly April 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

      Grazie e si!
      Che bello per te! … se avete domande, me lo faccia sapere.


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