Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Best Medicine

The gang's all here...the five of us in the piazza

Here are some pictures from last Sunday's day trip to nearby Recanati. We took Cyndi, Danilo, and Cyndi's mother Steph there with plans to see the local art museum and its famous Lorenzo Lotto paintings and spend a day in a medieval Le Marche hill town. We had a great time. From silly string in the main piazza (we decided to take part in the Carnevale festivities and spray school kids, and each other, with silly string) to a long walk through siesta-hour Recanati's charming streets, we got to enjoy the best of February's sunny weather in good company.

Like every time we see Danilo and Cyndi, we spent the majority of our day together laughing--from stupid jokes that only we would laugh at to funny stories to Danilo's great English puns (he dubbed me Yeky Doodle, for example). We split up after lunch--Antonello and Danilo being serious and heading toward the art museum, while Cyndi, Steph, and I bought our silly string at the only open store in town and headed for the main piazza to delcare carnvale war on 10-year-olds. In the end, covered in florescent green silly string and shaving cream (those Italian kids can be mean!) we met up with the boys in a coffee bar and headed back to our cars to say goodbye. The weekend--a fallen out window, a Mexican dinner, Mexican wedding cakes for breakfast, and a few hours wandering through Recanati--had flown by. We were tired and the sun was getting ready to set. We hugged goodbye and promised to meet up again soon.

And while we hope to show them more of Le Marche's crumbling hill towns and beautiful stretches of countryside in the future, Cyndi and Danilo have already offere that, next time, Antonello and I should head up north to visit them. Not sure if they are just afraid of our furniture falling out the window or simply want to avoid the five fights of stairs up to our house (both completely reasonable reasons, if you ask me), but we're happy to oblige. We look forward to coming up to your little corner of Emilia Romagna sometime soon, Cyndi and Danilo!

Four of us near Recanati's museum




At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Laurie said...

Recanati is one of our favorite places....we visit almost every summer when driving down to's our overnight tappa. This summer we had our little orphan starling with us in a box (on his way down south to live with his new "nonni"), and toured the town with him....a good time was had by all - he was treated to lots of goodies in various bars...Glad you guys had such a fun time!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Tracie B. said...

Good God woman, did you say MEXICAN DINNER????? WHHHHHEEEEERRRREEE?

At 3:42 AM, Anonymous J.Doe said...

I love the picture with the reflection in the sunglasses.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

We had soooo fun Jackie! The Mexican dinner as WONDERFUL! Can not wait to see you both again soon. You really make me laugh!


At 9:27 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

PS. I can not tell in the first picture which one is my mom?

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

tracie: the mexican dinner was at our house here in Macerata (read the post below to get a recap of that!). i know very few mexican restaurants here in Italy--does anyone have a greater knowledge of such restaurants?

cyndi: your mom is very hard to see, but she's between your nose and the tower! :) anyway, we had a great time too! can't wait to do it again!

laurie: ooh, next time you pass through to puglia, you should stop and see us at macerata too! have you been here before?



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