I have not been able to post the past few days. As the saying goes, life happens and things get out of hand. I was very busy trying to get my items boxed and ready for the flea market yesterday, but on Saturday I had a very bad allergic reaction to I know not what: insect bite, food or something else. Swelling and a rash put me to bed for 24 hours so instead of making it to the flea market yesterday, I went today. A big mistake; Mondays are not the day people visit. But I had already loaded my boxes into my vehicle so I decided to make the trip, and if nothing else, get an idea of the layout of the place. More about that in tomorrow's post.
Tonight, we drove into Florence, as Claus was in the mood for a meal at our favorite little restaurant, Ricatoni's Italian Grill. It's about as authentic Italian as you're going to find in north Alabama, and it's a favorite spot for both locals and visitors.
|The meal begins with homemade baguettes and olive oil poured over fresh herbs. I could eat this and be done!|
|I always order the same thing: Cheese stuffed ravioli with tomato cream sauce seasoned with herbs. It is out of this world good!|
|He had pizza, cooked in a wood-fire oven. Delicious! Thin and crispy crust.|
|Well, someone named Elvis ate there I'm sure, but not the King, as the restaurant only opened in 1996.|
Afterwards, since it was such gorgeous weather, we took a walk through town to admire the beautiful architecture of the buildings. I grew up seeing these, and took them for granted. But now I appreciate them so much. They don't build buildings like this any more!
|Music affictionados will recognize the Fame Recording Studio name, home of the "Muscle Shoals Sound."|
|The Shoals Theater, the only inside movie theater in town back then. Date night meant going for a movie at the Shoals. Now they have special live events here. I was always fascinated by the lighted sign when I was a child.|
|Ann's Hat Shop was in the small building in the background, where I accompanied mother to select her hats.|
|Former home of Best Jewelers, where all brides-to-be selected her china, silver and crystal patterns. Also where parents bought their child's first watch, birthstone ring, charms for bracelets and gifts for special occasions.|