On Friday we woke and ended up finding a small laundrymat to do our wash. While clothes were in the machines I went for a stroll. As I walked I heard beeping but heck I don't know anyone here, again I hear a beep. Well later I find out both Franco and his brother in law passed me walking and they each beeped. So already I know this is a friendly place and I am running into people I know.
It is quite warm out and we decide to go for a stroll after putting the clothes away.
The town is not large but it is a maze of street with numerous hills in the old town. Everything looks the same and it took us a few days to get our bearings.
Even delivery of wood closes a small street in the old town.
We stop for gelato and then back to the hotel for a bit of rest before heading out for a welcome dinner hosted by Franco and Laura at a local restaurant called Villa Fumosa.
A huge U shaped table takes up most of the restaurant and as the guest arrive I feel like I am again in a movie. The drinks start, the pizza starts, the laughs and toasts start.
Even though Bernie and knew no one except the Bride and Groom we soon know a ton of people. We are welcomed just like we are family.
The next morning we decide to venture further afield. I really want to see the beach.
We start walking and after about 45 minutes we are at a beautiful beach. It is hot out and there are quite a few people here considering it is October.
We do put our feet in and it cool to the touch but I am pretty sure it would be easy to get use to.
There are numerous bars/restaurants along the beach area. Many are closed for the season but there are still a few open.
We make our way back to the hotel where we shower and change for an open house at Laura and Franco.
It is traditional to hand out cookies and sweets to the guests. The baskets that are being used are ones that Franco's Mom made and are a treasure.
Later that evening we head to a hall to have a huge dinner served by Franco's friends/family. The place is packed. I am guessing around a 150 people! And this isn't even the wedding.
The food never stops, the wine never stops, and we are full and drunk - but not too drunk.
When we get back to the hotel we quickly hear the groomsmen arrive with Franco and Laura. Laura is staying at the same hotel we are with her parents and sisters tonight.
Tradition has it that they serenade the bride, while we pour the drinks to get them to leave.
We went thru quite a few bottles of the traditional liqeur. I have a lot on video of this and it really should be seen but that will have to wait until I get home as I need my computer and wifi to do it justice.
Soon the men leave and we are back in bed, resting for a very long day tomorrow.
will add more pictures and videos when I get home so check back.