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I should probably explain. We didn't literally take a bath in hot rotten eggs, we bathed in warm 37 degree water heated by sulphur gas from one of Italy's volcanoes. So it did kind of smell like we were bathing in hot rotten eggs but boy was it nice. Let me back up a bit. To get to Saturnia we had taken a rather windy path through a number of not yet open restaurants and the lack of pee breaks, steep corners, lack of van brakes and me not driving left me ...
... Cheese was definitely the theme of the day. All of these little kids were having a competition in the town square to roll the cheese closest to the bulls-eye. There was a referee and everything. All of the little kids had scarves tied around their neck to show where they were from. It seemed like a fun little local event we had the privilege to watch. But even walking around that town - was an event - so many little vistas, cheese tastings everywhere (we were good ...
... o'clock, the best part of our day. We meet the other guests and two owners, Charles and Peter. If these two wrote a book about building a home in Tuscany, it would be like a Bill Bryson's version of Under the Tuscan Sun.
1. They moved in December 23, but they were freezing. They were awaiting one part to get the system going. The plumber arrives on a Saturday with the small part in hand. They are thrilled. Not so fast . He ...
... when it felt like they were trying to scrub my skin off, before attempting to drown me by throwing massive quantities of water at me!!!
After staying the night in a sparse but comfy room I head towards Arezzo, where the monthly Antique Market is held, and while I'm there the Saracen Joust is being held...so I'm really looking forward to seeing a Medieval festival, and perhaps some flag throwing (which I've only seen in movies). The jousting is an ancient game of ...
It's hard to capture the expanse, size and beauty of the gardens, so in the bookstore on the way out, I take a photo of an aerial shot which you can see the entire estate.
Leaving the villa I drive back through the famous region of the Val d'Orca, which is simply spectacular as everywhere you look are picture postcard views, and it's easy to understand why so many people are drawn here.
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