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Beware of SOP!

26 Jun

On a whim, we drove to the  train station in Terontola to take a train to Firenze for the day…why not? We bought our tickets and sat waiting for the train. Although my Italian has served me well, a word I did not understand is sciopero.

Apparently, over this weekend, train operators are randomly striking regional trains. Once we understood, we were told the strike did not affect our route…hmmm. After continuous delay updates, they finally announced the train was cancelled…SOP! Unfortunately, we had already punched our tickets, which by law you must do, so the tickets are considered used. Fortunately, I found someone who looked official and she stamped and wrote a note on our tickets. Supposedly we can use them tomorrow morning…will let you know.

In the meantime, we decided to head over to Castiglione Fiorentino, about 16 km away. One the way, we spontaneously followed a sign to an etruscan tomb…can you imagine how old this is??? Puts a new perspective on the word old!

And since I’m talking about Etruscans, we just discovered that there was an Etruscan evacuation right next door to our house. There’s a sign on the building next door, but I only found the site when a tour group came walking along the side of our house. Now we may have nice clothes, but our laundry hardly ranks on the “Things to see in Cortona” list. Look over Len’s right shoulder in the photo at the top of the stairs. I assumed that was someone’s front door. It’s actually the entrance to the excavation site, which is gated and locked. If you click on the description with the blue and yellow banner, it should enlarge so you can read about it.  Amazing!

And to think we live right next door to and probably above some Etruscans.

Finally, grabbed some pasta pomodoro and salad for dinner. So simple, so good. Just wanted to be sure I had a photo for the foodie followers.



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