We are learning a lot about Italian culture on this trip. We learned that if you ordered a pasta course, you should not eat bread also. I ordered my favorite Tuscan vegetable soup and asked the waiter for parmesan cheese. He, whose name I learned is Gian Lucca, gave me the fierce look and said, "No parmesan cheese for you." I quickly backed down on my request, not wanting to offend the locals.
Today, we leave our temporary home in Siena, Palazzo Ravizza, and disburse to different places around the globe. Linda, Patti, Flo, Marianne, Ruth and Kathy are wonderful travelers, very good artists and a pleasure to have in my workshop.