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My Friend Patricia

21 Jun

Often in my winter month writing, I refer to my friend Patricia. We met two summers ago when I wandered into a leather shop in Cortona where she works. Through Patricia, I have learned a lot about what happens in Cortona during the winter when there are few tourists to be found. She has provided me pictures and stories that I am most grateful for, as well as great descriptions of holiday traditions that I have been able to share.


Patricia came to Italy from the UK some 40 years ago as a student and never left. Just like the movies, she fell in love in Firenze and created a new life. Recently, Len and I had a most enjoyable lunch with her and her husband Massimo, a true Florentine. We shared personal stories and found that our lives parallel in several ways. This year has been particularly interesting for Len and me as we are spending more time with locals and learning more about their lives and culture.



Since the day I met Patricia, she is the one I buy leather goods from. If you plan to be in Cortona, the shop is T-Nobile on Via Nazionale, not far from Piazza Republicca. Currently, she is there Tuesday-Friday.



Stop by, ask for her by name, and tell her Judy sent you. I will only shop if she is there!



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