Hello again everyone! Thanks for all the comments on Part 1's post! I appreciate you all so much. Due to the fact that I have so much to show and tell, there will be five parts to this blogging adventure of Italy...at least I hope so.
Day 2: Pisa
This was the first day we had a class with Tim. The excitement was high, especially when he started passing out even more goodies to add to the kits he already shipped us. We were given stamp pads from Ranger that Tim designed just for us, that contained four Distress Inks that invoked the colors of Tuscany. Talk about feeling special! Tim also has a way of speaking that leaves you hanging on his every word. He is energizing and inspiring. He spoke from the heart when he told us to "Enjoy and remember the now!" It was a phrase we all took to heart, and will probably change the way we see things from now on. He wanted us to capture what was going on right then and there during every part of our trip, savoring every bit, and then transferring that into the Travel Journal we were going to put together using the many techniques he shared, as well as from some others in the class. We all shared what we were doing and what we had to put into the journal. It was fabulous the way everyone got along considering there were 50 of us. We were a tight knit group.
I had many photos to share with you that I took during the classes and of Pisa, but as I never fail myself during a fabulous trip, I deleted them accidentally! I always do this, and I don't know how I manage it. I think my travel camera likes to play jokes on me, but I am not laughing! I will show you my journal, still in progress though, on my last post.
After the class, we boarded our super luxurious bus and headed to Pisa. Adriano, Marco, and Luca drove us all through Italy, sometimes down the narrowest of roads, and they were the best drivers ever!
Sorry, but these are all I have offer. I took some great shots...all lost! Sigh! After Pisa, we hopped on the Funiculare and trekked up the hill to Montecatini Alto for supper, which I showed you in the last post.
Day 3: San Gimignano & San Donato Winery
After an amazing picturesque drive through Tuscany, despite the rain, we arrived at San Gimignano. It's a town filled with fabulous shops, old old buildings and churches, and narrow cobblestone streets that lead to them. However, it was raining heavily and the sidewalks and streets were slick. The moment I stepped off the bus, my comfy leather soled shoes took on a mind of their own and took me for a ride rather than me lead them. It was as if I was on skis...literally. The cobblestone parts were not as slick, but the flat concrete gave me a ride. If not for the courage of Tim and Ted of Stamper's Anonymous, I would have ended up in the hospital. At one point, Tim grabbed hold of my belt loop on my rain jacket right before I went sailing into a brick wall...no joke....BAHAHAHAHA! It was comical and unbelievable...I wish we had it on video. He really saved me that day! However, my old basketball injured knees decided to talk to me, so it was much slower going after that. The moment I was on cobblestone ground, I headed for the nearest rubber soled boot shop! I am now the owner of gorgeous Pine Needle Green leather boots with rubber soles! Bellisimo!
|The two views above where taken right along the short cobblestone wall here on the right.|
|Rain didn't stop us!|
|Just beyond this gate was the most charming Winery, farm, and Villa ever...complete with a church!|
|I love this photo!|
|Their yard off of the back porch was filled with fruit trees and flowers!|
|This guy was very loved! He even had a home on the sofa when we walked in, and he has a statue in the yard.|
|Fuzzy photo, but I wanted you to see the set up of the food.|
|Paula and Pam hung on Tim's every word!|
|Then came the Vin Sucre for dessert. It was wonderful soft almond biscotti that we soaked in wine. Fabulous!|
Day 4: Siena
The next day was cloudy, but we never encountered rain again like that of the previous day. We were lucky! We headed to another special and historic place, Siena, the town that contains the church San Domenico, where the patron St. Catherine worked marvelous ways on the people that entered. It is truly a town that must be visited while in Italy. Amazing!
|This is the old wall that surrounded the inner city. It is still in wonderful shape.|
|This is the sea shell shaped Piazza del Campo, where twice a year the town holds the Palio festival, which is a medieval style horse race, and the town's people really throw themselves into the activities. As a side note, the color Siena was deemed because of the color of the buildings around this Piazza. Cool huh!?!|
|The Tower of the Palazzo called Torre de Mangia|
|The Siena Cathedral or Duomo|
|This gorgeous piece is just on one of the regular street walls.|
|There are these cubby holes in the San Domenico where birds make their home.|
|The shopping circle.|
|The Tower of San Domenico|
If you can't tell by now, I am in love with Italy...everything about the place! I wish I had a little villa somewhere in the rolling hills, or better yet my own winery!
After we left Siena, we had a night class with Tim, and we added and added to our Travel Journal.
More to come. Thanks for coming along!