Another hot and sunny day and what shall we do? The first thing was to sleep in since we have been going non stop for the past few days. After breakfast we headed off to see the town of Crema.
Upon entering the town one of the first things Danna spotted was a fabric store. This is the same material she had sold to quilters in Canada.
The arches always intrigue me and they are great frames for things in the background. Here is the clock tower over one of the gates to the old city.
The picture of the clock tower was taken from the arched opening on the left. On the tower you can see that this area was also influenced by the Venetians. The winged lion is the symbol of Venice.
Our routine has been to have a coffee to keep our energy up for all the walking we were doing, today was no exception except Danna had a cold glass of mineral water since she was "cooking". We sat down at a cafe next to the Duomo (being restored) and listened to the bells ringing to announce it was 12 o'clock.
Now we were off to look at Crema's other attractions.
One of the driveways offered us a look at the quiet side, a balcony overlooking a small courtyard with room to park your car.
Something happens in most Italian towns in the afternoon. At noon the streets were crowed. With people shopping, eating at the restaurants and just walking around. How quickly things change, it is now 13:20 and the streets are empty except for us crazy tourists walking around in the hot sun.
Looking in one of the shops we saw our reflections on the back wall.
Bet most people living in Crema have not had their picture taken here.
This bar had several scenes painted on the walls. The doorway made for a nice frame for the back wall.
Walking toward the Palazzio Tenri gia Bondenti we found this peaceful garden. You cannot see them but a mother cat and her kittens decided this was the perfect place to have their feeding time.
When I was taking the pictures I noticed a dragonfly sitting on top of the railing. It was paying no attention to me so I snapped a couple of pictures, here is the one I like best.
The Palazzio Tenri gia Bondenti dated back to 1698,
When you enter a church your eyes are drawn to the alter and paintings or statues around the perimeter. The ceilings of the old churches give you good reason to look up to the heavens. Here you can see a peace dove in the centre, paintings in the four corners and a little gold trim to brighten things up.
Seems like we always have these guys around us, this time they we leading us to one more church.
They say if you do not visit Santa Maria Della Croce you have not been to Crema. We walked 1.5km to the church only to find we could not go in as they were having a Mass. A walk around the church and then the walk back to the old town.
It was quite hot and we saw a smart cat keeping cool in the shade.