I've been away from the laptop since Monday, but I'm back on wifi at Genius Loci so, I can catch up on some blogging!
We picked up our rental car, the "Monster van" in Rome on Monday morning. It is a comfortable, although HUGE Ducato 9 passenger van with cup holders and separate AC for the back 2 rows of seats. Brad has been doing a fabulous job of navigating both city streets, and country roads in Umbria. Better Brad than me! I couldn't park a Smart car in some of these spots!
We arrived at Genius Loci Monday afternoon, dropped off our stuff and headed out for a full afternoon and evening of errands to be ready for our guests. Grocery shopping, pick up some local maps, and scout a couple of restaurants we will be visiting. We had a quick pizza for dinner, and an early bedtime of 10:30.
Well, that will teach me to go to bed early in Italy! I was wide awake at 4am, read until 5, and then sat on the terrace at first light. I was rewarded with a glorious Umbrian sunrise.
We left at 7 am for our first Rome pickup, as our friends, Jan and Les arrived on a late night flight, and we picked them up at their hotel in Rome at 10 am. Since it was too early for coffee at the inn, and I can't say my name without it, we stopped in Bastardo (don't you love the name of this tiny town?) for my latte. I asked the lady in Italian for the "piu grande bicchiere con cafe e latte caldo" (largest glass with coffee and hot milk). She came up with a Palmabella sized beer mug. PERFECT!
We found Jan and Les, and returned to Bevagna for lunch. I was saving myself for dinner, so I just had a salad. We did a few more pre-group errands, and relaxed on the beautiful terrace with some prosecco. Jan and Les are thrilled with the gorgeous surroundings, views, and perfect weather. All is good!