Given how cold and snowy it’s been, it is definitely time for a mini-vacation to some place where the sun is shining and there’s no snow in sight. The travelogue at Washington U last Friday night fit the bill.
The University moved the travel program to a lab building instead of holding it in the chapel. This was a good move since the lab building is across the street from a parking garage so no one had to walk very far on slippery walkways. It was park the car, cross the street, in the door and up to the third floor to enter the back of a large lecture hall. The seats are sloped in this hall so it’s a good alternative to the chapel.
The program was on the Hills of Tuscany. The program had been filmed by a Canadian as six 30-minute television programs. These six segments were edited into the 90-minute program we were to see that night. The photographer didn’t present it. I’m not sure why he didn’t come but the man who was there did a fine job presenting someone else’s film. He and his wife spent three weeks in Tuscany familiarizing themselves with the places covered in the film.
It was quite interesting. The focus was on people as well as places. We met a woman who carves porcelain, a man who made naked ravioli, people who painted ceramics, etc. The scenery was beautiful.
Some time ago I read the book “Under the Tuscan Sun” and I waited to see if there would be any reference to that book. No, it was not mentioned. I couldn’t remember the town near where it took place but listened to see if I’d hear it mentioned. No, no mention.
It made for an enjoyable evening, a respite from the cold and snow outside. The only downside, in my opinion, was that I don’t think it would be easy to duplicate that trip. You’d need to rent a car and drive yourself, I think. I’ve never read of a tour company taking people there. There were no pictures of tour buses in the film. Nevertheless, it was a refreshing mini-vacation in the middle of our winter.