Re-entry really isn't much fun (as Brad recently remarked on another blog entry!) I landed back in Montreal Monday evening and was greeted by autumn colours. Beautiful, but I'm definitely not ready for the end of summer. Tights and heels were not comfortable attire for my walk in to work this morning. But, they're now necessary. (Several loads of laundry is also necessary, alas.)
I'd really rather be back in Italy right now, even if the days were getting shorter and cooler. Perhaps I'm just in withdrawal today from good coffee and great gelato!
Now that I'm back, however, I can begin to download some photos and organize my thoughts a bit more coherently. (Once the unpacking and laundry is done.)
I do know that Umbria is so wonderful and I want to return; I now realize that renting a car in Italy really is a bit of an adventure yet not as difficult as I thought; and I also learned that one really does have to pay attention riding trains in Italy. I had gotten overconfident and became a little too comfortable leaving Arezzo last week after a day trip; got on the wrong train and was all the way down to Orvieto before I realized that I was headed further and further away from Perugia. That was a long day.
Speaking of Arezzo, I was really impressed with this town. Beautiful art, many wonderful churches, lovely streets and much more shopping than I realized. Oh, and at least one great restaurant that I discovered. My surprise at how lovely Arezzo is might be due to the fact that as usual, I haven't been paying attention to other travelers' reports. Still, I'm not sure that Arezzo has been given as much attention by travelers as it deserves.
So now, I'll return to unpacking some ceramics (and await the rest.) I'll also unpack a beautiful new tapestry from Perugia, a beautiful new purse (purple, of course) and a lot of lemon products. Hopefully, these will carry me over until the next visit to Italy.....