Hotel San Luca
Travel Blogs from Cortona
Today was our cooking day. Lesley picked us up and drove us to her house in another nearby village. She is from England , but has lived in Italy for 11 years. She had Lisenna helping, who only spoke Italian. We made 4 courses. For our antipasti we made La Ribollita, or Tuscan bean soup. Our first course was gnocchi with a cheese sauce. We added spinach and tomato paste to some of the potato to make them green, red and white. Our second ...
... and we felt quite at ease navigating around the narrow streets. Eating al fresco on balmy evenings was also great. We found we could have a three course meal, including a good vino della casa for 20€. It was time to pick up our car and head to Cortona. This time we were upgraded to a Renault Megane and found our way (quite easily for once) on to the autostrada in the direction of Firenze. We by-passed Firenze then took the turn ...
... Piazza Mancini and that was a delightful surprise. A lot of the movies scene were shot here as well. We had a wonderful lunch of Spaghetti a la tonne. It was so fresh and so good. I love Cortona!
Here are some sites about Tuscany and Frances Mayes: http://barclayagency.com/speakers/video s/mayes.html
People I've met so far:
1. Soraya & Santiago.
2. Esther & her husband.
... s all good.
The rest of the day was unremarkable but passed fairly swiftly so it's ok. Millo came home and did more whining and crying (I swear he's getting worse) and Metta came home and was pretty nice as far as I can remember. Oh yes, and I did a drawing of her (I know I said I was going to do a drawing everyday, but I keep forgetting!) so I feel the evening wasn't a total waste of time.
... going to have semolina soup. Is that even a thing? If it is it shouldn't be; it was weird.
Right I am off to chat with the ol' parentals and then get an early night because tomorrow we head off for Abetone (ski resort. Fun fact- Abetone means 'big fir'), God help me. I'm not sure if there is internet there so, if not, you will have to wait until a week on Monday to find out about this ordeal. I mean super fun holiday...