..make lemoncello - lemonade is for losers!
Ever seen the movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun'??? Well it is situated in Cortona, where we were for a couple of days towards the end of last week. Our first day saw us taking in the sights and sounds of this walled town, after we managed to get inside, it has five or so entrances / exits - getting out was another story altogether! We spent the day eating gelato, shopping in the little shops and when the weather turned nasty retreated inside a wine shop for a spot of wine tasting and some more shopping, before heading out to a little restaurant down some dark alley for a delicious pasta dinner. The next day we were booked into Intimate Italian Cooking Class with two other couples and a very loud, enthusiastic Italian Mother with two children who ran the class from her very own kitchen. Over bottles of wine (both red and white) we learnt how to make good traditional Italian food: antipasti dishes, hand made ravioli, roast pork with beans and tiramisu (my favourite and now Steve can make it for me- he doesn't know this is the plan yet) followed by shots of lemoncello and grappe, washed down with lashing of laughter and a pasta machine on order pending our return - Thanks for keeping it safe Mum.
We then drove from here to the South of France taking in the French Rivera in one day -Nice, Cannes and Monaco. We took the Cannes Cinema / Historic Train Tour showing us the main sights of the city including where the celebrities hang out (funnily enough no one was hanging when were there), we walked the promenade, window shopped and had lunch before catching the inter city train to Nice. Again the promenade was our focus, we checked out the pebble beach - decided against hiring a deckchair for 25euro, bought gelato in the shape of a rose before returning to Cannes to get all dolled up for our trip to Monaco for the evening. We drove to Monaco making sure not to incur any driving infringements as there are more cameras than lampposts! After a 3 course meal, including lovely company and a view of the super yachts we walked parts of the F1 track (including the famous hairpin) before visiting and trying our luck at Monte-Carlo Grand Casino. Luck as it were was NOT on our side!
We are now in Le Rozier, a small french village about 3 hours north of Marseille. Tomorrow we are heading to Spain for three days in Barcelona then across to San Sebastian - catch you then!