After what seemed like an endless week of dreary grayness and relentless rain, the sun found its way back and the weekend turned into a beautiful display of blue skies and brilliant autumn leaves. A classic Indian Summer, or as they say in Italy, l'estate di San Martino (Saint Martin's Summer).
What does a return of sunny warmth in late autumn have to do with Saint Martin, you ask? His feast day is November 11, when it is quite common to see this welcome weather phenomenon take place. A folk saying goes, "l'estate di San Martino dura tre giorni e un pochino." (St. Martin's Summer last three days, maybe more.)