9 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 6 – Saturday Market

2017 – Volterra Day 6 – Saturday Market
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Mercato di Sabato (Saturday Market) The local weekly markets in Italy are so much fun. It seems like most cities of a reasonable size have these markets one day a week. We planned our time here in Volterra so we could experience this one. It’s really small scale compared to Portland’s Saturday Market and maybe only
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8 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina
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We had absolutely nothing pre-planned for today. After doing a bit of laundry and hanging everything on the line – like they do here in Italy – we decided to head for the sea. Lunch today would be Fruti di Mare (fruit of the sea aka seafood), pesce (fish), or whatever! We were headed to
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7 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery
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Podere San Lorenzo is a lovely place to spend a week. A few more pictures of the property. Our apartment is the small building in front to the left. The larger building in back was the original monastery. Chefs picking tomatoes for tonight’s dinner. While at Podere San Lorenzo we’ve met some very interesting people
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6 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class
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Tip: when in Tuscany if you ask for ham and cheese with your eggs (not that you get this choice very often) remember where you are! We were served eggs on one dish, and then prosciutto and pecorino on a separate dish. I’m not complaining, just didn’t expect it served that way. Ricardo is loving
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5 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 2 – San Gimignano

2017 – Volterra Day 2 – San Gimignano
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We are greeted by the most beautiful sunrise this morning. This view is from one of our apartment windows but I wanted to get the picture without the windows and screen. I was so excited to capture the moment I ran out of the apartment in my shorty jammies. Oh well, if any of the
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4 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 1

2017 – Volterra Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep (who am I kidding?) and a wonderful espresso, we’re ready to conquer the roads of Tuscany. Well, there was more than just espresso for breakfast and I have to share since this IS a food and travel blog.  We had blood orange juice which tasted like a blend of traditional
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3 September, 2017

2017 – And The Journey Begins!

2017 – And The Journey Begins!
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Losing a day getting from Portland to Florence is the hardest part of the trip to me. I’m all amped up, ready to see and do everything, and I’m stuck in Seat 8A for what seems like 24 hours, but in reality is about 18 hours flight time. On the bright side, Dick and I
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23 August, 2017

Italy Or Bust THIS Year – 2017

Italy Or Bust THIS Year – 2017
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  Let’s try this again. As you may or may not know, we planned a trip to Italy last year in September and due to my taking a bad fall just days before we planned to leave (resulting in a fractured back), that trip was canceled. So, after being in a back brace for over
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