The little town of Radicondoli was the closest place to our villa that had a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc., and it was about a 15-20 min drive from the house. After having a nice lazy morning and afternoon playing and relaxing by the pool, we realized we needed to restock on food. Chris and I headed into town with Declan while my parents stayed with Bella while she napped. I actually loved going into these little towns to buy groceries – I felt like such a local (although to the locals we were clearly anything but. 😉 ).
Declan fell asleep in the car (hooray for car naps!), so we parked and Chris carried him for a bit as we walked into town. I love his sweet sleepy face in this pic above. 🙂 As we got to what we assumed was the main street, I was struck by the fact that it was . . . completely empty.
Literally not a person on the street. It was so weird, and a little zombie apocalypse-y. We got to the Coop grocery store and discovered that it was closed. Their sign informed us that every weekday they were open from 8:30am-1:00pm and again from 4:00-7:30pm. It was now 2:30pm, and we had arrived right in the middle of siesta time. Apparently, almost all of these smaller towns still close in the middle of the day so people can go have their lunch and relax a bit. In theory, I love this idea, but when you have driven 20 min with a 4 yr old on a mission to find food it wasn’t so awesome. The town, however, was absolutely charming – such a beautiful little hidden gem that I had never heard of before. We decided to walk around a bit to kill some time and see if we could keep ourselves occupied until the grocery store opened.
Everywhere I looked I wanted to take a picture! I loved how they had those planters on the walls with flowers growing out of them like we had seen in Orvieto.
I especially loved these pink flowers set against this bright yellow wall. Declan wasn’t quite as excited and just wanted to know when he was getting his promised gelato.
Walking down the streets with no one else around was also kind of cool, although Declan kept asking, “But Mommy? Where are all the people?” Followed immediately by, “Where are we getting ice cream?”
After indulging me in a few more pics in front of this beautiful old door . . .
. . . Declan was done with this “boring town with no people or ice cream,” so we decided to head back to the car and try another town close by (that at least had a playground where he could play while we waited).
We wandered back past the big clock tower . . .
. . . stopped to check out a wheelbarrow full of flowers . . .
. . . had some hugs and kisses . . .
. . . and headed off to the next town. While I wish we had time to visit again when everything was open and the town was more alive, it was actually wonderful to have it all to ourselves for a fun little afternoon excursion. It was also really nice to have some time with just us and Declan, and I think he loved having us all to himself for a couple hours. While we love doing things together as a family, getting quality 1-on-1 (or 2-on-1) time is something we want to try to do more of with each kid. It’s nice to be able to focus all of your attention just on them, which is something they actually want at this age. Before we know it they will be teenagers and want nothing to do with us, so I’m trying to remember that and savor the fact that having our undivided attention is basically the best thing ever for them right now. I read a story once about a mom who has a standing monthly date night with each of her 2 sons – they get dressed up, go out to a restaurant, talk over dinner, etc. I think we’re a year or 2 away from that at least (forcing Declan to get dressed up, go to a restaurant, and talk to me for an hour would probably seem like a punishment to him at this point) but I can’t wait to have little dates with my son one day. 🙂