After a quick stop to the town to see where the biennial human chess match takes place, we were off to the beautiful medieval hillside town of Asolo where only 5 of us made the arduous climb to the mountain top. (Don't do it, there was nothing much up there.)
The first painting day. After breakfast most of the painters disbursed around the grounds and painted, some did one before lunch and one after lunch, others relaxed, read, swam in the pool. I'm in the relaxed group. There was a crit before dinner and there was a good number of paintings presented. I love the fresh food we eat here in Italy.
|This was the unassuming facade of the great "Big Lunch" restaurant. |
The photos above are taken during that great multi-course lunch.
|This sweet lady picked me up along the road and drove me to the base of the mountain trail. She didn't speak any English.|
|Top of the mountain.|
|The top of the mountain was just around this bend. They did a nice job of improving the path here. Did I mention it was in the mid-90's? Hot.|
|We sat in a sidewalk cafe here in the center of Asolo.|
|Margaret's painting tours are in two sections. I was in the first section. The second section was here at the time of the chess game and was to attend it. We saw the preparations being done.|
|Ponte Vecchio (Italian, meaning Old bridge)|
|People on the bridge which was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569 .|