Saturday, May 31, 2008
Arezzo, Cortona and Fish Night
Oh my....what to say, what to say! So much to do and what to pick to talk about. The day after the trip to Florence, we did laundry, rested up and made a reservation with our hosts here at Casa Rondini for "fish night". Previously they'd called it mussel night and we'd gone somewhere else. I'm fairly unsophisticated when it comes to various seafood you might say. But, what the heck, we decided to go anyway. We ended up with an insalada with eel, and something else that skips my brain right now. I was shocked that this dish was so good so I perked up some. The New Zealanders dining with us that night pronounced what we were eating or I mostly wouldn't have known. Well, I say that I still would have known those baby octopus and I think I spied a snail. We even has a cuttlefish,crawfish, mussels, and some anchovies.........oh me, if I hadn't been too embarrassed I would have passed on the anchovies. I went ahead and got out two of them...Probably the best anchovies in the whole world if I could eat two. .They had a lot of garlic, oil and spices so that helped. The fried calimari was good. Wish I could remember what one of the other main dishes was with all the veggie stuffing but I can't. We had a lot of courses including the wonderful torte with ice cream. One of the people from New Zealand informed us our host, Franco, had been a chef in London.........wow, how lucky can you get!
Can't wait for Pizza Night sometime before we leave.
The next day we made a drive to Arezzo and found a good parking place, walked around, ate again (of course) and happened upon a great little art supply store where,of course, we found a few things we couldn't live without. I KNOW I WILL PAINT GREAT WORK WITH THESE PAINTING KNIVES. Or they will become a good souvenir of the trip. . We then stopped at an outlet mall on the way back that we heard of....but mostly USA brands. I did find a Moka pot to take home that was a good deal.
Today, we took our time getting out and about and then headed for Cortona. You have to go to the town where "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed, huh! We found a good place to park..........and lo and behold, a neat little shop with art glass jewelry. Woo-woo....just couldn't pass up that lovely bracelet and Carolyn got a great, unique ring. Nice young artist guy there, too, to tell us about his work.
We did another of the wonderful lunches there...........this time the Bistecca Fiorentina...very delish. Then since we had all that food, we had energy for another marathon climb to another church, Santa Margherita. Mass was being held so we could only glance around inside this beautiful Romanesque-Gothic church.
I did make a few pictures in Cortona, none at Arezzo but decided to share a picture of one of the many rose bushes right here at Casa Rondini. There are wonderful beds of roses and other flowers all over this place. I told Carolyn I never knew Italy loved roses like they do here. They are everywhere you go, from the lowliest to the fanciest homes and businesses........even the gasoline stations.