I was checking up on my family that blog and I was looking at Heather's pictures of their drive on Saturday around where they live and I realized that I really miss Colorado. I didn't think I would ever say that out loud but I really do. I remember the Autumn that we lived there and it was so beautiful. We would ride into town and there would be deer along the side of the road or crossing the street. The golf course ALWAYS had a herd of deer to watch. You are so lucky Heather and Ward to live in a beautiful area.
That also made me realize that no matter where we live there is beauty every where. Here in Italy it is just as beautiful. I need to get the camera out and take some pictures before all the colors are gone. ;) But there are other beautiful places as well. This is the Roman Colessium in Verona, Italy. It was rainy that day we were there, but we still had a great time. Aimee was really excited to have her picture taken with on of the Glatiators outside of the Colessium. We had a GREAT meal at an outside cafe. The pigeons were every where and there were tiny little birds too. We had to just feed them a little bit of our bread crumbs.
We went for another drive to see this little town that sits on the middle of the mountainside, Mezzomonte, that supposedly hid some American soldiers that had crashed in the area from the Nazis. It is said that the Nazis gathered the villagers into the center of town and started shooting them because they refused to tell them where the Americans were hiding. The plane that had been shot down supposedly has not been found yet. I don't know how true that is because it is hard to understand and put together the story that you get from the locals and from those that have lived here for a long time. It is very errie to go into this town because NO ONE will speak to you. They look out their windows, pull back the drapes and watch you until you leave. The church at the center of town had a mural painted on the ceiling of this event. The memorial outside was a list of all those who had lost their lives protecting the Americans. There is also a memorial for the Americans who died in that plane crash. It is very interesting to see how the Italians remember their dead.
We have been to Cinque Terre, Italy. It sits on the cliffside above the Mediterranean Sea. The view is beautiful and we saw that the Italians will plant their vineyards ANY WHERE!!! How they are able to even get to them to harvest is beyond me. But it is absolutely beautiful. This painting was done by Aimee shortly after we got back from our trip to that area. Isn't she awesome?! She captured the beauty excellently. I can't wait to share more photos and experiences with our family and friends. I hope that ya'll enjoy it as much as we have.