Thursday, June 17, 2010

It’s raining in Ravenna

Soft, warm rain. The first we’ve had since the afternoon we arrived in Rome almost 3 weeks ago.  We don’t care a bit because it’s given us an excuse to just sit for a while and recharge our batteries.

Breakfast on the ship on Tuesday morning was a rather subdued affair.  We’d mostly said our goodbyes the night before, so we could catch an early vaporetto to the station. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let me take Manuel, who looked after us so wonderfully.IMG_6580 IMG_6586 Five hours, two trains and a taxi ride later were were at A Casa di Paola in Ravenna. Paola herself is warm and welcoming and her B & B is beautiful.  It’s on the second floor of a sensitively renovated historic building, furnished with hand-painted antique furniture, soft chairs for the weary traveller and framed old prints.IMG_6710 IMG_6963 Just look at the size of those beams. IMG_6942 IMG_6961 There’s even a trompe l’oeuil on the stairs. IMG_6621 And this painting on the ceiling.IMG_6711

And did I tell you Paola has free wi-fi internet – Yes!!!!

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