Sunday, September 21, 2014

And our Adventure Continues!!

This morning we all got up early as we had a 10am train to catch to Cortona and the taxi to the train station was picking us up at 9:15am. After the cabs dropped us off (we had to take two because there are six of us) we are checking on the train schedule and find out all the trains and busses for the day are cancelled due to a strike. We figured our only alternative is to call Beppe, he is our contact with Via del Sole, the company with which we were just hiking through Italy. Beppe was so helpful and said he would send Nicolo right over to pick us up. Nicolo then arranged for his Mother's husband to also come and help transfer us to Cortona. We were so grateful as it is Sunday and we know we are taking up their personal time. We cannot say enough good things about the company, Via del Sole and Macs Adventures, they have done an outstanding job with their route instructions and map getting us safely to each destination. The routes have all been challenging and beautiful, full of adventure. 
When we got to Cortona we went exploring, had lunch and then back to our hotel. The desk clerk at our Hotel Sabrina offered to take Melissa and Tammy to a youth hostel where he also works and let them do laundry. He would not take any compensation for doing such a kind gesture. The hostel was in an old monestary and was spotlessly clean.  They are expecting 65 youths from Switzerland to arrive  tomorrow. The desk clerk also recommended a pasta dish called Pici de Fuma so off we went for dinner to find this dish. Well we found it and we all agree, it is the best pasta we have EVER had!!


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