Residence Le Santucce
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... a vineyard etc. etc. The photographs can simply not do this setting justice.
After our walk (the rain stopped for us!) Grant had a nap and I got caught up on some reading and emails and had a chance to talk to Hayley on Skype. Ross was still in classes (I'm going with that!).
Dinner came quickly and we enjoyed a menu prepared by the chef along with some local wines. It was a simple meal made in traditional Tuscan ...
... nearly as good as from our kindly Pukawa neighbours.
Back to the car, then 10 minutes down the road to the largest chocolate factory in Italy. We had been worried we might have been losing weight. Visit was ok, but the factory only processes from July, so we looked at the museum and naturally the store.
We are off to the owners for dinner tomorrow night, so I am going to try and make pavalova with some strange looking ingredients.
Sorry everyone, I know you were expecting grand photos of Pisa but unfortunately we were 'one man down'! Emma woke up very unwell which meant a day at home. All is well on the home front now and we plan now to go to Pisa on Friday. Tomorrow we are looking forward to exploring the neighbouring village of Cartona which houses a castle on the hill.
However thanks to Kate I have some photos ...
... of those walled medieval hill towns that now is pure tourism. There are several others in France and Spain, though San Gimignano probably is the epitome of them. By now I tended to form a group with 3 others on the tour, so together with the tour leader the 3 of us had an enjoyable time here eating (not very good) pizza, salad and of course more wine.
As a contrast with the great wineries of the previous days we then visited ...
... flight... This one was only 2 hours as opposed to the 9 hour flight before that. When we landed in Rome I got my first stamp in my passport! :D unfortunately we had some SERIOUS luggage problems... Of the 43 of us that flew over together, about 20 of us were missing at least one suit case. Luckily, my main bag made it in so I wasn't too worried. We then got on a bus and drove four hours to Castiglion!
When we got to the center they ...