Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cortona and Montepulciano

Today was hot! 35 degrees plus. Amazing how you can sweat so much doing nothing! We visited Cortona and Montepulciano today. Visually stunning and very interesting hill top towns that were all about the food and wine - at least that is what we thought!

In Cortona, we had lunch at a lovely restaurant above the main piazza and had the pleasure of seeing a bride and groom having wedding photos taken in the piazza. Nice! Lunch was interesting too - we shared a selection of Tuscan starters which were very good and enjoyed a glass of the local white wine. We then carried on to Montepulciano.

The road was well sign posted so we were able to turn the drive you crazy Garmin GPS off! Once there we remembered it well! Long hill walk up to the Grande Piazza but unfortunately we arrived when much of the city was closed. We enjoyed walking around but it was really hot and we were desperate for a light cooling refreshment at one of the countless cafe's or bars. Finally, a place was open just before we arrived back at the car. Amazing how much Frizzante water a person can drink!

Once back at our hotel we enjoyed our final run out on the road to Bossi and back. We are quite proud of the fact that despite the heat and being on vacation we ran every day while here in Tuscany. The distances may have been short but at least we kept the "wheels turning" as Neil says! Dinner was as previous, under the clear night sky on the patio, for tomorrow we leave for Rome where will meet up with our neice Kendall and her husband Chris. They were recently married in Vancouver and are travelling on their honeymoon - we will be sure to give them lots of personal space :)!

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