Well, this is my last town before I head home -- Cortona -- where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. It is a quaint medieval town with a wall around it. I arrived yesterday and they are having a 2 day STEAKFEST...which is pretty darn hilarious since I don't eat meat! (well, pork or beef anyway)
My hostel is nice. It feels like a summer camp because of the bunkbeds. I picked a top one by the window so I can see the Tuscany countryside during the day and the twinking lights at night. However, my window is less than 5 feet from a church's belltower and when that thing goes off, you pretty much jump out of bed! I am on the 3rd floor so I am eye level with the ringing things!
The shops are nice here. They are full of unique handmade items or foods from the area. The galleries are nice, too. I am enjoying just wandering the streets since everything, even the buildings, seems to catch my eye. City streets lead to archways taking you to the outside for a nice view. The sunset is impossible to describe here, but eveything gets this golden glow about it. No wonder people want to move here!
I visited the church at the top of the hill today and what a climb it was! I was huffing and puffing because it was so steep. Then I went further up (because I am glutton for punishment) and went into the fort that was built in the 1500's. The views from the top of that are unbelievable. Eveything is green or yellow or gold and the houses have old orange tiles. Inside the fort was a temporary art exhibit and they had Impressionist works -- my favorite! I was the only one there then so I had the gallery all to myself.
I plan to meander some more today and tomorrow and then I fly back home on Friday so this may be my last post for this trip. I had a great time and can't wait to plan my Greece trip....and my Central America trip....and my...... You get the picture.........