From Village to Village

Trip Start Oct 04, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Just finished our second full day here in Tuscany. We have been pretty tired, so not veering off to much yet.

First morning we slept in to catch up on some much needed rest. The Villa here is very quiet, making it easy to sleep in.

We did get out and going around noon. Headed to see a couple nearby villages. What’s great about this area, is you can drive anywhere and run into one. All the back roads are quite charming and scenic. Took some photos just from the car of towers and castles in the distance.

We ended up in Greve. In our information book on the area, left here in the Villa for guests, recommended a restaurant there. It was a nice lunch. Wasn’t overly impressed with the town of Greve though. We did go to a wine shop there that was fun, got to try all different types of Italian wine. Which are alright. They are not California wines, but they are not bad either. Very drinkable. They just have a different style of making wine then we are use to. A lot cheaper here, that's for sure!

Then we just went driving around. Found a rustic out of the way winery and stopped in. Did a tasting there. The owner not only runs the tasting room, make the wine, he also has a restaurant on the property and a B&B. Cute place, glad we stopped. Did buy one of his bottles, 10 euros.

Down the road in Castellina in Chianti we stopped to take some photos. Very charming place.
The weather has been a bit dreary, but hasn’t stopped us. Still a beautiful country. I've just been in awe of it's rolling hills and gorgeous structures perched on top of them.  Everything is so green and lush.  It's been so fun just driving and driving and driving and looking at everything.  Jehovah's creation is a  true sight of beauty.

We cooked in that night, made pasta! (about ready for a burger though!! Hehe!)
I ended up with a terrible migraine that night (probably from all the cheap wine!) Didn’t sleep well. Felt a bit better in morning. Then again, didn’t get out and going till about noon. This vacationing business is exhausting!

First headed to Monterggioni. Only about 20 minutes away. It’s a very small fortified walled in village. Our first walled city to visit. Quite interesting. Actually we loved it. It’s so amazing to see these old, old stone walls and buildings. The village was so small that it only took about 20 minutes to see the whole thing. We did end up eating lunch at one of the three places there. Tom order some Bruschetta, which I normally like. However, this was a variety of bruschettas, which had tomatoes, and mushrooms on two of them, which was good, but the other two had chicken liver pate‘, and some other unappealing pate’. I didn’t eat it, Tom loved it though. He said ’my friend Loren would love this’. The lasagna was good though. Made with thinner noodles then we have, there was 7 layers to it. The sauce was a more creamier tomato sauce then we are use to. Very tasty. 

When we left the village we decided to head to Siena. Didn’t realize how big Siena really is. Unlike the other villages, it has it’s old, walled part, but also a more modern area outside of the walls. The old village was neat to see, but we were not overly impressed with it. We had some incredible gelato there though. Italians do know how to make Gelato!! They do have a huge Piazza, or square, that is quite impressive. It was fun to walk around and see all the old buildings.

On our way back to the Villa we decided to go to one more village, San Gimignano. They say the best time to go there is in late afternoon to evening, when all the bus tours and heavy people traffic leave. It was about 5:00 so we thought that would be a good time to go. That was our favorite place so far. Beautiful place. We loved it. Now I see why everyone goes there. Again, took some pictures, but not sure if they captured the uniqueness and quaintness of it. It started to rain and of course I left my umbrella back at the Villa. Quickly dodged into a store and bought one. It was starting to get late anyway, so we were going to head back home. We were so glad that we did take the time to see San Gimignano. I would love to go back and see it again someday.

On the way back home, for some reason, while in the middle of Italy, we could not find a restaurant, or even a pizzeria. Crazy we thought, Must not of been on the right roads back. We ended up at the local supermarket and got a cooked chicken, some potatoes and bread. Brought back to Villa and ate. Not our best meal, but it worked.

Tomorrow we are going to the English speaking meeting in Scandicci.  It's about 40 minutes from our Villa, just outside of Florence.  I'm getting a bit homesick, so a meeting will help me feel more at home!  Then after wards we are going to go to Pisa.

Ciao my friends................I miss you :)
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becky and alan on

Really drives it home how unified everything is just knowing that you were at an Italian meeting and studied the same Watchtower as us. Thanks for the photos, everyday i post one of your pictures on my computer desktop and as i walk by the computer I PRETEND I'M THERE. LOL. Miss you too.

Chris and Sarah on

Sarah: Wow, that's so beautiful. Haha, I wish I would've gotten Becky's idea first! Chris is sitting next to me, he's going to say something.

Chris: It really looks like you guys are having a good time! Surprising, since I'm not there :P Anyways, I love you guys, and I hope you have a great rest of the trip! And keep the pictures coming, they're awesome!



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