Yesterday was Sandra and Kurt’s last day. After Lisa (Leisel) and Franki (Sarah) “graduated,” Sandra, Kurt, and I went to a shop in the country to buy cheese to complement our picnic there with lovely views, especially of the sheep in a field next to us. The last video on this post is of the sheep running for their food? If you listen carefully, you can hear the bells they’re wearing. Next we drove to Cetona in the rain. It was cool and rainy, exactly as it was seven years ago when Richard and I visited the sleepy town. Cetona has a lovely, if quiet, piazza, and I’m always interested in the war memorials. These little towns lost so many to both World War I and World War II. They listed those who died in the army and as partisans in separate lists, as well as those who died of injury or illness, in the case of World War I.
When Richard and I were here last, we saw so many cats. Now, the water bottles people leave on their doorsteps are supposed to keep cats from peeing. We saw the same thing in Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. One house, in particular, went overboard with the water bottle technique. It’s not asesthetically pleasing, but maybe it works because we only saw one cat. Cetona is at the base of Mt. Cetona and is much greener than the part of Tuscany we’re staying in.
For Sandra and Kurt’s last night, we had dinner at our favorite place, La Pentolaccia. Sandra and Kurt went to a concert by music students at the Palazzo Ricci beforehand. I snuck in at the end, and the young man playing was amazingly talented. The pieces were all from the Romantic period, and the concert hall was beautiful with paintings all over the ceiling. Cristiana and her sister run La Pentolaccia: Cristiana serves, and her sister is the chef. We ate inside because of the rain, but we had a delicious final meal. Towards the end our host Giacomo came in to eat with a friend. Montepulciano e un piccolo mondo!