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Travel Blogs from Cortona
... to let someone drive out. Phew!
We had a lovely family dinner as it was one of their son's birthdays. There were 12 of us, including three grandchildren. The long table was beautifully set and there were multiple plates (stacked neatly on top of each other), glasses and cutlery on the table. The menu in order was:
Tre fomaggio - plaited mozzarella, pecan cheese, plus one other cheese
Pasta (wide ribbons) with radish
Pasta (tubes) ...
We had stayed up late for several nights (as late as 3am) watching DVDs of Downton Abbey, seasons one and two. All set to watch seasons 3 and 4, Rick began a quest to find them only to discover that Italy wasn't licensed to receive the series in any form, no purchase, no streaming, nada. Also to our surprise, Netflix and similar sources don't extend beyond US borders. We hope to find a DVD in Africa.
... fashion, Giancarlo offers us his homemade digestivi - 2 different alcohol, citrus, and herb based cordials. After more than 3 hours of dining we are now believers in the Lo Steccheto experience. And it truly is an experience!!! Thank you Giancarlo, Luanna, and Marco.
To complete our day we drive to the beautiful and classic Tuscan hilltown of Cortona, recently made famous by author Frances Mayes in her book Under The Tuscan Sun. But ...
We had a long day getting here from Paris on Monday, nearly 12 hours of
numerous buses, trains and one flight. Our apartment and the location is
lovely though. Cortona is a gorgeous little town, spreading down the
hill and looks like it probably hasn't changed much over the last few
centuries. We're at the bottom of the hill where we can sit on the
balcony and watch the sun set beyond the olive terraces and Tuscan
For our first ...
I almost burnt lunch today...oops. It was in the oven when Livia asked me to go and pick up Metta. I thought I would have plenty of time but Metta decided she wanted to take a longer route home so we arrived back later. The result: very well done potato...things. Still, Livia didn't seem to mind the slightly burnt taste, so maybe that's what I should aim to do more often.
After lunch Metta and I finished watching 'The Wizard of Oz'. Well, I say finished, what I actually mean is, ...