|Helen bids goodbye to Venice|
As we sing Goodbye Venice Goodbye
Here we are at the car rental counter at Venice Airport. All three of us sign on as drivers and when the man hands forth the key, Violetta and Mary Rose have both disappeared. I accept the car keys. They inform me that I have more experience driving in mountains (both are Florida drivers which is at sea level).
We soon find ourselves on the autostrata and the sign points to Firenze. Lunch time finds us pulling into the Autogrill, conveniently located off the autostrata. (The choice of food is excellent, other countries please follow suit). Panini sandwiches and salads are selected. One can also purchase meats, cheeses, water, wine (almost like Whole Foods in USA) and essentials here and also top up on gas/petrol.
|Autogrill meat and cheese counter|
|cappucinos fresh fruit and delicious bread and produce|
|stairs to our farmhouse door|
|loggia at our farmhouse, several meals were taken here|
|Violetta and Mary Rose enjoy breakfast at farmhouse|
It is comfortable and quiet. Breakfast makings are delivered late each afternoon consisting of eggs, bread, butter and milk.The first day we got 5 eggs, next day 3 eggs. Each day it varied which we finally ascertained to be the hen's decision. Our days begin at cockcrow, exploring, walking and sketching, painting and more painting.
|Early morning before sunrise - Violetta is composing sketches|
|Violetta sketching at gates of Castle|
|Chapel at CastelloVicchiomaggio Painting by Mary Rose Holmes|
|Elderly man's car was like this one, with windows and without the attachments|
With directions and good-byes, we finally travelled through hamlets like Monefioralle Pasignano and into a farm yard (here we thought we would meet our Waterloo and that the two men and the old man might have misdirected us. We reversed out of the farmyard, did not see any car lights so felt we were safe, whew no car was following us.)
We arrived back at the castle and our farmhouse several hours later with white knuckles and Mary Rose in the back seat reciting the Rosary.
|View from Castellovicchiomaggio Helen Tilston|
|Vicchiomaggio chapel interior painting by Violetta|
|Door to Castle Painting by Mary Rose Holmes|
|Helen selects a view to paint|
|Violetta shops for linen|
We each completed approximately 18 small paintings and numerous sketches and ideas.
Have you plans to travel to Italy? Would you drive in Italy?