Moments

Cicero 106-46BC – “If you have a garden and a library then you have everything you need.”
Our plans to visit our house near Cortona were thrown up in the air due to the Covid 19 pandemic.Flights booked for February, Easter and June were cancelled as we entered lockdown. The disappointment was just awful but that's life I guess, ...

Ray Flynn -
County Clare, Ireland

However, whilst the tide of events is troubling, unexpected pleasure can materialise from the simplest of things…
As I write, seated in my Belfast garden, lazing in unseasonably strong spring sunshine, Heather and I are weaning ourselves from 13-weeks of lockdown isolation. I reflect that we can't yet bask in the dubious pleasure of being post-brexit, we definitely aren’t clear ...

Paul Clarke -
Belfast, Northern Ireland

I confess that I did go out and mumble these words in the quiet of an evening. Strange words for strange times...
We were lucky enough after our winter holiday to squeak back into our Corsican home just before lockdown. Not so lucky though that we didn't have to abandon plans to cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to our summer home in Preggio, just over the ...

Peter Brooke -
Preggio, Umbria

My Lockdown Larder list of menus is now starting its 15th week and cooking has kept me both sane and occupied…
It first hit home when my boyfriend, who was working in Switzerland, had to make a dash for the border to get back to the UK before travel restrictions were imposed.  That was back on 15th March!  Since then, the two of us ...

Fiona Koetser -
London, UK

My memory of this lock down will forever be intrinsically linked to these images, a poignant reminder...
By the time Italy was in lockdown, I was already enjoying virtual travel through images received from my daughter. After busy months tour guiding throughout Italy, she was spending time out to explore Peru. A shared love of ancient history, artefacts from lost ...

Sarah Miatt -
Cortona, Tuscany

This year the town was completely empty. We listened to the bells ringing from inside our homes.
Quarantine was to live over 50 days in an apartment with my wife, a 3 year-old daughter and two cats; considering that I am used to going out in the morning and returning in the evening, including at the weekends, it was not ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

Stella arrived at 1:00 a.m. on a cold and rainy morning at the height of COVID-19 in our area...
My son Gregory flew home from Texas in early March for spring break.  It was meant to be for one week but COVID-19 had arrived and students were told not to return to University.  Meanwhile, he had left Stella, his lop-eared pet rabbit, with ...

Jasmin Russo -
Morristown, NJ, USA

Hippocrates said ‘walking is man’s best medicine’ and at such an odd time, walks have certainly lifted our spirits…
Lockdown for us has meant three generations living under the same roof. My daughter Alexa and four year old Charlie, who live a short drive from us, moved in at the start, so she could work from her computer and I could ...

Jeannie Tognola -
Oxford, UK

And as for relaxing in a room with strangers! This was something we had never considered to be a luxury before...
For us, physical contact with our families is still a long way off as they live on another continent. Strict lockdown ended last week, but we skipped the first "unlocked" weekend as we did not know what to expect. On the second weekend ...

Glenn Lewis -
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Now that we are drifting back to some semblance of normality, I feel less anxious and have been reflecting...
I returned to the UK in early March with every intention of flying back to Cortona two weeks later as my husband, Robert had stayed behind with our two Labradors. Sadly, Covid19 got in the way and I could not return which ...

Caroline Brant -
Lincolnshire, UK

I was booked on a flight to Italy in Early June which, for the last 5 months, I doubted I would be able to take...
I live with one foot in the two worlds of America and Italy, traveling back and forth between Cortona and Southwest Virginia. It is not an easy life but recently with the Covid-19 pandemic it has gotten significantly more difficult.My solace in staying in ...

Rebecca Ghezzi -
Cortona, Tuscany

what will most remind me of this period… will be the re-doing of the doors and façade of my shed and grotto
One of the things I will remember from lockdown is the long hours I spent working on my garden doing many little things, but what will most remind me of this period, even many years from now, will be the re-doing of ...

Roberto Ghezzi -
Cortona, Tuscany

Being quarantined for 3 months in Laguna Beach gave me a chance to slow down and reflect on my life...
Being quarantined for 3 months in Laguna Beach gave me a chance to slow down and reflect on my life and what’s meaningful for me . My family tops the list and I am blessed beyond words . I chose 2 of ...

Nancy Thompson -
Laguna Beach, CA, USA

THE MOST NOTABLE CHANGE WHEN THE PANDEMIC STRUCK WAS THE UNEXPECTED ISOLATION WITH OUR TEEN DAUGHTERS (18 & 21)...
Suddenly they were both home with no place to go, no friends to see, and no jobs. While we went to work each day it still left the four of us with a lot of time together, something not too many parents with ...

S.Gorman - A.Holleran -
Norwell, MA, USA

WHEN I THINK BACK ON IT OR SOMEONE ASKS ME ABOUT THE QUARANTINE, I HAVE ONLY A COUPLE OF VIVID MEMORIES...
When something ends - be it a relationship, a job, a trip, or any other experience we can mark with a beginning and an end - it's immediately over whether we like it or not. It moves from the realm of the ...

Marialena Maggi -
Cortona, Tuscany

THE LAST 3 MONTHS HAVE BEEN SURREAL, THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN, BUT EVEN IN DARK MOMENTS THERE CAN BE LIGHT...
The idea of creating a series of special MOMENTS that took place over the last three months came to me when I suddenly realised that despite or because of the menacing threat of Covid-19 in our midst as well as the worry ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

MY CORTONA

MY CORTONA WAS DUE TO BE LAUNCHED DURING EASTER 2020. UNFORTUNATELY, FOR EVERYONE, COVID 19 MADE AN APPEARANCE.


Our blog had been intended as a central hub for Cortona lovers world-wide, bringing you useful information, profiles of the many interesting people who live & visit the town, up-dates on local news, special stories & upcoming events

With the world still reeling from the pandemic, we have chosen to suspend some features & have decided instead, - at least for now - to bring you a limited version of our blog by introducing a series called MOMENTS.

MOMENTS is about sharing a special moment, a significant experience or even a thoughtful reflection that took place during or post-lockdown. We would love you to contribute!

We also thought that in the absence of an imminent visit, you might enjoy a little Local news and a few Tips for (future) Trips
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