And finally the Ball...
After all the walking we did during the day, dancing was not at the top of my wish list (soaking in a bubble bath and then watching a film in bed was), however I wasn't going to miss a ball in an Italian Palazzo just because me feet and legs ached a bit. Thankfully the ball was held in the palazzo where we were staying so we didn't have to traipse across the city again.
Admiring everyone's beautiful gowns before the beginning of the ball.
Margarita and Donald opening the ball.
Everyone watching them dancing. So many gorgeous gowns *dreamy sigh*.
We had an interval where a lady sang - amazing singer. She even drew passersby the palazzo as an audience. They stood and sat in the street outside listening to her singing!
A friend, Eliane, and I. We both look a bit stunned!
The food. It looked amazing, just like a regency feast.
The following day, which was a sunday, we went on a coach to the countryside to see a few beautiful gardens and houses.
I love this photo - modern coach but regency bonnets. :)
One of the french men was rather hot in his uniform so borrowed a ladies parasol for a bit of shade - he stuck it down the back of his coat!
The only photo of me wearing my new spencer - it was so hot. Claire persuaded me to wear it for a couple of seconds for a photoshoot.
Walking into the first garden
A pretty little folly
Me in front of the house. Sadly we couldn't go inside the house as it isn't open to the public. The house and grounds are owned by the government and though the gardens are kept in pristine condition, the house has been left to rot and decay - so sad.
The next house we visited was still in private ownership
The view of the house from the gate
We had a picnic in the garden. Aurora and Jeanette chatting, with the beautiful house in the background.
Claire in her gorgeous spencer.
Jeanette, Aurora and I.
The terrace at the back of the house. The house was very impressive inside but sadly we were only allowed to see the ground floor, and photos weren't permitted.
Me looking at the walled garden
Aurora and I. As you can see we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings for a bit of a photoshoot. :) Though the light was fading by then and the photos were a bit dark.
Aurora and Jeanette.
Jeanette and I. I have no idea what I am doing in this photo.
Towards the end of the picnic this adorable dog showed up. :) He belonged to the owners of the house.
I just loved Avril's open robe.
The next day I flew home. The weekend went so quickly, but I had a fabulous time, met some wonderful people, and saw so many beautiful buildings and gorgeous regency clothing. :)