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 […]

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, […]