Monthly Archives: September 2009

Horseback riding in Chianti

September 29, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy I am back in my “office” this sunny, warm Chianti morning.  It is getting busy here on the terracotta steps of Poggio Asciutto.  There is another couple (from Vancouver!) that are also … Continue reading

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Dodging tourists…..

September 26, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy I am sitting here at our “cucina” table in our apartment named Sambuca at Poggio Asciutto in the middle of the Chianti region; Italian music is playing on the iPod, Luigi is … Continue reading

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About sampling Chianti “pre-pressed” 2009

September 23, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy Buonasera… We have had a couple of tuscan sunny days…I think the our purchase of (Italian made of course) rubber boots has guaranteed us nothing, but sun and heat (+29-30) for the … Continue reading

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A Tuscan morning….cappuccino under the sun

September 22, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy Buongiorno! Here I sit this morning on the same terracotta steps outside Massimo’s office at Poggio Ascuitto. Massimo just brought me a cappucino..he makes the best cappucino (but don’t tell Luigi). It … Continue reading

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Florence finale

September 21, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy Picture this…here I sit outside on the terracotta steps of the Agritourismo office at 9 p.m. (Poggio Asciutto) with a glass off wine in my hand.  The temperature is a comfortable 23 … Continue reading

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Ahhhh…. time to relax

September 20, 2009 – Greve in Chianti, Italy AHHHHH… time to relax, rest our sore feet and enjoy the Tuscan countryside. We have survived sensory overload in Florence, car rental bedlam and thanks to the GPS (and with NO help … Continue reading

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First day in Florence

September 17, 2009 – Florence, Italy We have landed…in Italy…ahhhhh…the smells of fresh pizza, pasta and porchetta and the sights of mountains of gelato greet us (or is that just our imagination playing tricks on us?). First stop…via the typical … Continue reading

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Rotterdam and a Sunday Stomppot supper

September 16, 2009 – Florence, Italy After another leisurely breakfast with A&E, and after listening to Luigi repeatedly trying to pronounce Vught (it kept on sounding like “f…”) (Luigi’s comment: no, it didn’t!), we headed for the Vught train station.  … Continue reading

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Smoked eels, Maastricht and Amsterdam

September 15, 2009 – Florence, Italy Sorry for the lack of posts, but we have been peddling our…errr…butts around the Netherlands….and loving it. What a beautiful country to explore on two wheels! On our first full day in the Netherlands, … Continue reading

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It took 21 hours but we made it to Amsterdam!

September 12, 2009 – Amsterdam, Netherlands Five airports, four planes, three trains within 21 hours of travel…it has been a marathon. But, we were not about to let lack of sleep stop us from a walking tour of downtown Amsterdam. … Continue reading

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