Relais Villa Baldelli
Travel Blogs from Cortona
... pan fried rabbit with olives and roasted potatoes. Dolci was a torte. She paired each course with a different wine from this area. We learned new recipes and techniques that we, (mostly Tom) will be able to make again when we return home.
After our siesta, we walked up the hill from where we are staying into Montalcino. It's a quaint little town with amazing views. Looking forward to exploring more of Tuscany tomorrow.
... We were able to use some of what we learned in our Italian class to communicate pretty well, but it was still a little difficult. We have a nice apartment with a living area/kitchen and bedroom. There are beautiful views of the valley and the vineyards on the property. Tom had made reservations at a really nice restaurant nearby for my birthday. It was the end to a very nice day! Tomorrow we have our Tuscan cooking class,so be ready for more pictures of food! ...
... 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 ...
... Shayna bought a clock
and dad bought a doorbell that screws on to the outside of your house.
Once we finished looking at all the shops we found somewhere for dinner.
For dinner, Dad and I had lasagne, Shayna had vegetarian lasagne and
Mum had a seafood risotto. It was really hard to order because we
couldn't understand what the waiter was saying and he couldn't
understand us. After dinner we walked back down the hill and went home. J
... the best part of the day was that, when Livia asked what the kids wanted to do, they both said they wanted to stay with me. Boom!
The rest of the day passed slowly and uneventfully. The children made 'una corsa'
(a race course) in the kitchen, using 107 boxes and books and other assorted things. They were allowed to keep it up for tonight but I just know the knowledge that I have to put it all away tomorrow is going to keep me awake...