I’m extra glad to be able to share with you the beginning of my wonderful past Sunday. No special doors as such but rather a town as the whole as first encountered. And it only went up from here.
Farnese, said Flavia. We meet there and later her friend who lives in the area should join us and take us to a real farm. So it happened, plus an unexpected waterfall in between.
Do have a peak at the farm through Flavia’s camera on her blog. But this was later. Today I give you my first hour in Farnese before Flavia arrived. Usually she comes before me and befriends local cats, but this time it was opposite due to some maintenance problems at her toll station.
I had a brief stroll around, the cats looked at me with apprehension, just how I look at them, and then I settled in the sun in front of the bar in the main square by the aqueduct that somehow still stands in the middle of the town.
This was far from all. Later we discovered the old town proper with several most excellent doors and two restaurants. No luck this time, though. We almost ran away without paying, it was so bad. The first time in seven years since I’m in Italy.
And yet, I call it luxury, now more than ever: to pick a town, arrive, look at it as if for the first time – because it is, park, stroll, take photos, marvel, rejoice, laugh, enjoy it as if it were an amusement park for adults and that green door over there were put in because I’d asked for it.
And no matter how much I try, I cannot do this with the dog alone. Somehow he doesn’t giggle back.
That’s why I’m so glad Flavia is my company and I do hope we will be able to go to more places before they close us in our separate regions again, her in Lazio, me in Tuscany.
And now close your eyes, I mean, open them, and be transported to Farnese, a town in Lazio less than an hour from me. And yet it wasn’t even on my list.