I rose early to make the most of the day and captured the most beautiful sunrise.
|Sunrise in Tuscany across the olive groves|
|Our final workshop in the gardem|
|Lesson preparation... the setting is inspiring for all|
|Rose buds on the way to breakfast|
|A small ristorante on the way to the village where we stopped one evening.|
Some more views of the hotel garden for you... the location is wonderful, the staff is superb and the setting is inspirational as you can see from the photos below...
Great for writing and soaking up the sun
Friday night we walked into the village for our farewell dinner together. Eloisa presented us all with a certificate of completion and a special poem summarizing all of the stories we have worked on this week. The meal at the restaurant in the village cannot be described adequately so if you are a foodie... you can salivate at the sequential pictures of antipasto, primo, secondo, more secondo and dessert below!
|One of the many hotel gardens|
The flowers here are so colourful
|Breakfast and lunch room ..and the occasional workshop was held here but much f the time was spent outside.|
|Proscuito and salami|
Saturday morning we packed up, and Siobhan and Sally left at 6 a.m. for Arizona. Those of us who were left waited for the bus, and then we headed to Florence at 8.30 a.m. After a drive through beautiful countryside where Eloisa taught us how to recognize a Florentine villa by the cypress pines, we bid a sad farewell to an amazing woman. We have all benefited from the rich experiences at the workshop. We also must acknowledge Casja Baldini and her husband,
So Bronwyn, Fiona, Kristen and I headed for our apartment in Florence. We are sure it must have been a palazzo in years long gone. Amazing architecture. The reception office with Mario was quite an experience.
Check the key board and the steps!
We had many experiences today..but I will devote tomorrow's blog to Florence. We ended the day with a dinner at our apartment with the rest of the group who were in Florence and a spectacular sunset.
|Sunset over the Arno River in Florence|
|A lovely view of our apartment as we called it a day|