Monthly Archives: June 2011

Fiesole and Cinghiale

Fiesole overlooks Florence on a typical Tuscan hilltop. I should have videoed the streets we ended up driving on in our search for a parking spot. The road is technically two-way, but in reality will hold one car and a … Continue reading

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Will I sound uncultured if I admit to enjoying a $1.00 bottle of wine?

Today we are off to Fiesole, a hill town that overlooks Florence. We are driving through San Piero a Sieve, as we have done numerous times already and Chris spots a shop he has seen an ad for. We pull … Continue reading

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Dinner at il Lago

Each Thursday, the Fattoria hosts a dinner for their guests in one of the villas up the road/driveway. As you will recall, we elected to spend a delightful Thursday evening celebrating my birthday last Thursday in Pisa, so this week … Continue reading

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Mountain Passes, Booby Chairs and Toilets?

Today we are off to Firenzuola through yet another mountain pass, this one called Giogo. The children are on the precipice of cannibalism if we don’t feed them (again) so we stop off at the top of the pass and … Continue reading

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Dinner and the Museo dei Ferri Taglienti

While we are in Scarperia procuring my wine opener, we spend some time in the Knife Museum, which is housed in the Vicar’s Palace, admiring cutting tools through the ages. We have noticed that these museums are very small in … Continue reading

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Spending my Birthday Loot

Well, after careful consideration I have decided to drop a significant sum on a handmade wine opener. Georgie and my sister both gave me birthday loot in euros which was terrific as it allowed me to choose something utterly decadent … Continue reading

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The Unofficial Car of Mugello

We are based in Mugello, an ancient part of Tuscany that encompasses the northeastern area of Florence. It is rich in tradition, cuisine, chiani ruffino wine and, it appears, pale yellow Fiat Panda’s. We have declared this the unofficial car … Continue reading

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Benedetto en Alpes

Another super hot day. Chris suggests a four hour hike with the kids to see some waterfalls. I don’t want to be a downer, but I am thinking this is a bit ambitious. We head out. The drive is a … Continue reading

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Firenze and the Taint

Today is Lucy’s birthday. She had requested Florence (and gelato – and clothes – and shoes – and coke) for her birthday. I was hoping that it wouldn’t be another Pisa. We make our way into town to take the … Continue reading

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Bartering in Coca Cola and Gelato

Our children have become deft in the art of bartering and only deal in the currency of coke and gelato. Want to go to ______ ? Can I have a gelato? Would you like to see _____? Can I have … Continue reading

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