Under the Tuscan sun

Four days in Tuscany without any internet connection can feel like a long time. But it also feels immensely liberating not to look constantly at the phone.
This year we got lucky with four days without rain; sunshine and perfect pool weather almost all the time. But while lounging at the pool is preferable, Tuscany invites you to go and look at the scenery, the beautiful cities, villages and shops. And that’s what we did.

It took us all of Wednesday night to drive down to Florence. Around 6:30 we met up with friends for some coffee. Still looking fresh, don’t you think?005Finally at 9am we made it to Monika, the little cafĂ© two long-winded curves above our Bed&Breakfast. After a round of coffee and dolci (tasty croissants) the day was spent at the pool, sleeping, reading or in Fanny’s case getting entertained by her mother.006A real lazy first day, drinks in the evening before dinner and an early night for me.014 016 017 018 029For three days I went running every morning with Eva, her dog Momo and Lilly. The two dogs were leading the way and knew exactly when to stop on the way back. Monika’s was the place to be in the morning, and if it wasn’t open when we arrived, we would take a walk around the church and the cemetery. Eventually almost all of our group made it up there for coffee before breakfast.037 038 040 041 048 050 052 054Friday was spent in Florence shopping, lots and lots of shopping. We had a walking tour planned around the duomo, in the end decided against it and went for ice cream. After an excessive shopping tour, one has only so much energy left. The rest of the day was again spent by the pool, with a good book and lots of water. Dinner was as usual a tasty affair as the lack of pictures indicates.

On Saturday my brother and I made a trip to Volterra. The village is now better know for its part in Twilight. At least the Volturi are supposed to live here. Which is not true, the movie was actually filmed in Montepulciano. Once I knew that it was clear why I couldn’t find the fountain that was shown in the movie. It’s just not there at the Piazza dei Priori.096
While shopping again, this time for an alabaster lamp, we went to see the Teatro Romano from the 1 century BC.077 079 081 083

A last afternoon by the pool, we decided against San Gimignano on the way back. 30 degrees and a lack of AC can do that to you. The scenery and Volterra from below were breathtaking though.105 107

Here some more impressions from four great days. We headed back to Vienna on Sunday, this time during the day since I had a plane to catch. Yours, Pollybert065 070 071 074 076 082 091 093 115

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Here comes the sun

Saturday morning started with another run. This time further up the hill to stay in training. On the way down, a short stop at Monica’s for coffee and a mini cornetto with chocolate. Delicious!!
After breakfast I noticed the sun coming out and decided I would try my luck with the pool. And really the weather held, I spent most of my day at the pool looking down into the Arno valley.

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Of course it was to cold to swim, but just staying in the sun and getting a bit of a tan was already luxurious especially after the weather we had.
In the afternoon we drove down to Vinci home of Leonardo da Vinci. There is a museum which has a large collection and replicas of his work. But we bypassed the cultural side of the village and went straight for coffee, ice cream and Campari spritz (in that order). In between we strolled through the main square and went window shopping.

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20130604-091209.jpg These are jasmine flowers. Can you imagine the scent just walking by?
Thanks to the jasmine the way back to Il Lampaggio was not so smelly because Fanny left a large present in her diaper for her parents.

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Dinner was again an excellent affair and I am sorry to say I never took the time for pictures. The food is just so delicious that you want to dig in and not wait for another second.
Sunday morning was grey and overcast again which made leaving this wonderful area easier. The trip back passed uneventful but we made a little stop for dinner at Gasthaus Schneider. The place is the total opposite of Italy, a typical Austrian country restaurant with lots of sweet water fish dishes and other local food. And what better way to finish a weekend getaway with a nice dinner?
Yours, Pollybert