Beginning the second week.

We’ve had a few days of rain so it was yesterday.. Monday, May 21 when we ventured out in the afternoon and evening. This time returning to Citta della Pieve, a charming town not too far away.

Then on then on to Chiusi, over in Tuscany. It is home to the Etruscan Museum with the most work of its kind to be seen anywhere.

I was fascinated by these guys… this museum was well worth our time there.

Just look at those faces………

First week…..

Time is flying by. Tomorrow ..a week…wow. We have been to Orvieto, then to Perugia and then Cortona another day………then yesterday, Todi and Sienna.

Our little Fiat Punto is making the miles… 

I’m beginning to think Todi might always have a lot of stormy skies or rain rolling in… Last time huge storms rolled in on us, later inspiring a few paintings.

We were disappointed in Cortona not to find our glass jewelry artisan that we found last trip… not to be deterred, I did find a great looking handbag. It’s a little big, but as the salesman noted…..”for every day, you do not have to fill it up.”  LOL.

Todi was a stop for us on the way to Siena where we saw the gorgeous Duomo again. Of course, remembering the beautiful red handbag I got there last time, we had to make some of the shopping streets………this time I fell in love with an amber and sterling ring…really cool …and a blue glass inexpensive dome style ring. By the time you walk this much up and down, you might consider looking at shoes. I did…comfy kind but much to the relief of the old pocketbook……not in my size.

The reason we went to Perugia the second day was something went wrong with the connections to the card for Carolyn’s new wonderful camera. Our hosts found a place there with an authorized service center so we are crossing our fingers that they will be able to fix it. Maybe next week………in the meantime, I-phone/I-pad to the rescue.

In Sienna, a huge amount of people showed up for what looked like antique and luxury sports car showing…….we also enjoyed a nice lunch at a bistro right at the Duomo piazza….veal scallopini Limone……

Siena May 19, 2012

Day 1 & 2 Umbria Italy

Hummm.. what to say, what to say! We were SO tired the day we arrived that all we did that day (was it only yesterday??)..was check into the agritourisimo, go to the market for a few things to start, and then took a one hour nap during the time the market was closed in the afternoon. In the evening, we had our first night’s dinner at Montegabbione nearby. We slept until 11:30 Italy time… will take a few days to acclimate. So, in the afternoon yesterday, we traveled over to Orvieto (about 35k away). Being there in the late afternoon and with some sun this time was great. It was also less crowded this time. I took some pics as did Carolyn, but I found myself taking more of the cracked marble floor in front of the cathedral doors as well the sides of a wall on another building across the piazza. This cathedral is one as of the most beautiful around. I really fell in love with this particular ‘tree-like’ form that appears to come out of the sides of the building walls.




Taking an afternoon break with Journeys To Abstraction

What a great time to receive my copy of the new book, Journeys to Abstraction, by Sue St. John…….. I have two paintings included in this book… acrylic on canvas, and one encaustic/mixed media on wood panels.

I have have been worrying around with packing, un-packing, re-arranging for my month long trip to Italy.

A good break was called for and this book provided me a little down time. I have been introduced to a number of artists I didn’t know before and that is always a lot of fun. The text and the copies of the work is also really great. I know that ebooks might be the future, but I still mostly enjoy holding that book in my hands and sitting down to browse through the book wherever I might open it.

Thank you for including me in this book and your first e-book, Sue…….

To read and learn more about Sue.……..Or go to to place an order

Journeys to Abstraction

 Author:  Sue St.John

Publisher:  North Light Books,

Release Date: April/May 2012

Hardcover * 192 pages  * full color  * step by steps

OR to buy this new book from Amazon..