Monday, February 14, 2011

The Ride Continues!

Saturday and Sunday was spent with Steve and Denise Haerr, our newest of friends I have met due to my Chef WannaB blog.  Steve and Denise are on Part II of their lives together.  Kids, house, job all part of Part I.  Now it's traveling and exploring together while their kids finish college, or start their families.  They are now living in Spoleto, Italy and will be here a full year.  Sunday was what Denise calls a sojourn.  We started out to Assisi and arrived at the mist covered hill top walled city home of St. Francis.  Chris and I attended mass at the cathedral where he is buried.  Heard the wonderful bells at noon and had a very good lunch with Steve and Denise. Penne pasta with sasuage in a great white sauce, undercooked sausage links (3), which I returned, sauteed spinach, but without the red pepper and garlic Paola always used and a fruit cocktail for dessert. It also came with a 1/4 liter of vino russo all for 16 Euros.  Afterwards we walked off lunch strolling the ancient streets of Assisi.

Steve, Denise and us at lunch
















We then headed to the very small town of Villanova, population 197 and attended a concerto in a newly renovated church.  Marveled at the quintet of 2 violins, viola, cello and a sassofono.  Listened to three classical pieces and then some classical/jazz pieces.  I was blown away and so enjoyed the music.  They did two encores and received standing ovations after each.  

Monday, Chris and I are off to Siena in the Tuscany district that begins our sojourn through Italy.  My hope is you enjoy this ride as well!

3 comments:

Becky said...

Tom -- I love reading of your adventures, keep it coming! And no red pepper or garlic in your food & it was still a very good lunch?! You must be referring to the company! All the best...

Liz said...

Nice blog Tom! Looks like you and Chris are having a good time. Say hi to Chris for me!

Anonymous said...

My wife Brinn says that Sienna is her favorite town in Italy. Enjoy.