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11 Jul

With deference to Goodnight Moon, my farewell ode to Italia 2012:

Arrivederci salumi, cheese and wine

Arrivederci going to dinner at nine

Arrivederci shopping at the markets in the street

Arrivederci greeting every stranger I meet

Arrivederci pastry and cappuccino in the early morn

Arrivederci basil from a plant freshly torn

Arrivederci best mozzarella I will ever taste

Arrivederci appreciation of life at a slower pace

Arrivederci  sunflowers growing strong and tall

Arrivederci lovely shops, not ever in a mall

Arrivederci gelato –  the source of smiles galore

Arrivederci  flowers adorning every window and door

Arrivederci graceful ladies walking arm in arm

Arrivederci vistas of the land people farm

Arrivederci homemade pasta in every size and shape

Arrivederci beans that only Italians know how to make

Arrivederci tomatoes, bruscetta and cheese

Arrivederci pizza prepared to please

Arrivederci piazza life where people sip vino and talk

Arrivederci evenings’ activities we find on our walk

Arrivederci shoes, scarves and fashion

Arrivederci simplicity filled with passion

Arrivederci antiquities that stretch the soul and mind


Arrivederci art and architecture, every imaginable kind

Arrivederci friends, old and new, from far and near


Arrivederci Cortona, Italia, till we see you next year.

Many thanks to all who made our trip so memorable.

While this marks the “physical” end of our 2012 Italian adventure, it is not the end of the blog… come back for much more!



Scarpe e Sciarpe: Shoes and Scarves

15 Jun

Two things Italian women can’t seem to do without are their heels and their scarves. “Italian women wouldn’t be caught dead in gym shoes!” warned Giovanna, my lovely Italian teacher. And in general, she is right, stilettos and ultra high heels abound!


And the Italian ladies walk in these no matter how steep the hill!


But there is a new “chic sneaker” creeping into their wardrobes, and they are actually quite fashionable. Sarah and Benita keep eyeing the vast array and will certainly settle on some before we leave.


Sarah’s favorite!

Benita’s favorite…but what color???

In addition, the ladies love their scarves, and so do we. Scarf shopping is so much easier than shoe shopping, especially as the merchants are quite adept at tying scarves so many different ways.


Like shoes, scarf shopping ranges from the open market to the most expensive shops in town, and the price range is as varied as the patterns. We had so much fun at this store in Cortona…Between us, we tried on every scarf in the store!

Are we having fun????

Ciao! Judy

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