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In Cortona with Bruce

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We took the train today to Cortona, a beautiful ancient Tuscan hill town. A day of pure misery, as you can plainly see. 

But first – the square outside my hotel last night – Matisse blue and gold.

Sign in Cortona – no caffe, no hoppines! Bruce agrees.

The view. Tuscany. Red and green.

A beautiful very old church door sideways, for some reason.

Inside – the usual plain little altar

Brooche taking in the most beautiful Fra Angelico Annunication – the angel’s wings, Mary’s face, the gold everywhere – stunning

Downtown Cortona, Bruce consulting his map

A letter box

 A New Yorker cartoon that struck us both as funny on the train home – should be at the end

 Another crummy little view

 Une converzatione – gatos

 The main piazza – with obligatory Vespa

Mon amid with gelato. Two flavours. MMMMM.



2 Responses to “In Cortona with Bruce”

  1. theresa says:

    Love this, Beth!

  2. beth says:

    After a rocky start to my trip, Theresa, Italy has been a dream. Mind you, supposed to thunderstorm all weekend …

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