2012 – A Tuscan Wedding (no it’s not ours)

2012 – A Tuscan Wedding (no it’s not ours)

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Italy, Tuscany | No Comments

We haven’t gone to many weddings, a few family members and an occasional friend but between the two of us they probably add up to less than ten. This is our first wedding in over 20 years and our very first Italian wedding. Our friends, Paola and Fabrizio Cinelli have filled their Tuscan Villa with […]

2009 – Tuscany visit with friends

2009 – Tuscany visit with friends

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in Florence, Italy, Tuscany | No Comments

We made this quick visit to Tuscany to visit with friends. Neighbors from San Francisco decided it would be a great experience to pack up the family of three young girls and 12 suitcases and move to Tuscany for a year. They rented an sprawling old villa in Grassina and enrolled the kids into the […]

2005 – Tuscan Vandalism and the Brenta River of the Veneto

2005 – Tuscan Vandalism and the Brenta River of the Veneto

Posted by on Aug 8, 2005 in Florence, Italy, Tuscany, Veneto | No Comments

Florence The big news in Florence. Last night a local idiot climbed up Bartolomeo Ammannati’s fountain of Neptune in the Piazza Signoria and as he stepped into “Il Biancone’s” hand, it broke off and the vandal fell, crashing into the clamshell fountain below.The fountain has been there since 1565.  Some reports were that the vandal […]

2004-Tuscany – The Guigiole Tree and Driving to Naples with foreign plates

2004-Tuscany – The Guigiole Tree and Driving to Naples with foreign plates

Posted by on Sep 26, 2004 in Florence, Italy, Tuscany | No Comments

There’s a fruit grown in Toscana for hundreds of years known as the Giuggole (jujolay). The fruit is about the size of a cherry, looks like a crabapple, and when it’s ripe, tastes like applesauce with cinnamon. There’s an old tuscan expression, that when life is really, really good, you are living in the “il […]

2003 – Tuscany; Forte dei Marmi, Carrara, Lastra

2003 – Tuscany; Forte dei Marmi, Carrara, Lastra

Posted by on Jul 2, 2003 in Forti dei Marmi and Carrara, Italy, Tuscany | No Comments

June 26, 2003 We love the United direct flight from San Francisco to Paris. Getting to Nice to pick up our leased Renault was a bit more difficult. It started with the fire in Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1. For all you United fliers, you should know that as the odious smoke filled the terminal […]

2002 – Tuscany, Lastra A Signa and the Cinelli Family

2002 – Tuscany, Lastra A Signa and the Cinelli Family

Posted by on Sep 2, 2002 in Florence, Italy, Tuscany | No Comments

August 31, 2002 In most all of France and Italy, the last day of August is one of the most (if not THE most) heavily traveled days of the year. And there we were, our little wounded Peugeot, bumper to bumper with Campervans, RVs, SUVs, small trailers, and luggage racks overburdened with bicycles, canoes, kayaks, […]