Up at 6:00am. Walked to the Corso and had cappuccino & a wonderful tort at Café Cucece this morning, as Cafe Garibaldi is closed. Plus I bought some sweets for Maria later today. I watched the construction crew work on the building renovation and was sad to see the swallows still flying around looking for their nests.
After breakfast I walked down the Corso, over the bridge to the castle and beyond and took more photos.
Then went to Plaza Europa to the fruit vendor for strawberries. Afterwards, I saw the fruit vendor truck and purchased peaches for Maria.
Went shopping for a few souvenirs along the way and saw a small shop that caught my eye, as it had large lighthouses out front. It is Sikelia Sicilian Souvenir Shop and the manger is a wonderful young man named Leonardo.
His surname is the same as my cousin Maria’s maiden name and I asked, as all genealogists do, if they were related. He said no, but aren’t we all related in some way? A very wise young man. It was a pleasure talking to him.
I saw Bernardo and he was on his way to go swimming. He asked if I was packed and ready for my return home. NO!
My next stop was to Maria’s for lunch with her & Renzo – macaroni with zucchini sauce and tomatoes, then grilled potatoes and lamb, fruit (those wonderful blackberries) and peaches, cookies (including arancia). TDF!! While eating the pasta (which Maria handmakes fresh everyday), I closed my eyes as I was enjoying the flavors!! Maria thought I needed to sleep (dormire is what I heard). I laughed and told Renzo to please tell Maria that lunch was wonderful and I was in heaven, savoring every bite!! We all laughed!!! I spent most of the afternoon with them. It was a joy to be there.
Walking back to the B&B, I stopped at the Villa Margherita (Comunale) and took more photos there & along the way.
Plus, since Vernaci is right across the street from the Villa Comunale, I had to stop at Vernaci for a delicious gelato!!
When I arrived back at the B&B, I saw Felice, his parents and my cousin Maria Elena (Felice’s wife). They stopped by the wish me “Buon Giornato”.
Another wonderful day!! I’m sad to be leaving.