Monday, September 26, 2011

September in Tuscany

my happy place

we survived the hurricane in the northeast and got power back just in time to jump in the car and head to the airport  for a fortnight of sun, wine and pasta in Italia. (forgetting all the misery of broken trees and dangling wires)  the weather was summer!  sunny and warm everyday ....the sweet aroma of ripe figs and grapes waiting for the harvest.
lazy.... long mornings of sleeping in, sipping coffee and lounging by the pool....a quick shower then off to the city or a wonderful hill town for some exploring (just as the Giotto tour buses head out of town)  and enjoy a wonderful dinner.  Have been back home for a full week but if I close my eyes I can still smell those figs and conjure up the feeling of that sunshine...hear the squeaky tractor and the rooster that has no idea what time it is............

Join the adventure after the jump:

Luminaria de Santa Croce Lucca.....those wonderful donuts "frate"!!!
making the frate real time

 Dario Cecchini the butcher of Panzano of Heat fame!
Brit with Dario

My favorite little hole in the wall restaurant in Florence...

we had  assorted plates for dessert..oh my it was wonderful...look at those berries!

the bounty of the food market in florence

fending off tourists trying to serve the regular customers...they have coke...what

which bottle of balsamic vinegar to buy?

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