Dinner Invitation

Hi Marieke,

as promised here is the name of the dishes I prepared for You yesterday evening:

Starters
“Crostini neri” – the typical Tuscan starter with liver, capers, and anchovies;

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“Crostini con salsiccia e stracchino” – the starter made with sausages and “stracchino” cheese (a creamy cheese);
“Panzanella” – the typical Tuscan salad made with bread (the hard one soacked in the water and squeezed) mixed with fresh vegetables (cucumber, tomato, celery, onion) and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, salt and vinegar;
“Pecorino” – the cheese made with sheep’s milk and accompanied with figs jam.

First course
“Tagliatelle con salsa di pomodoro e salsiccia” – the homemade egg noodles with sauce made with tomato and sausages

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Secondo course
“Arista” – pork meat seasoned with rosemary, sage and garlic
“Sformato di cardi” – flan made with thistles (added with besciamella sauce and egg)
“Patate arrosto” – roasted potatoes

Dessert
“Torta di mele con crema” – apple pie with cream

We really enjoyed yesterday evening for the dinner ! Thank You for coming !

Have a nice evening !

Marusca

Italy Adventures: Tuscany Edition

WOW. I like your post on Airbnb in Tuscany

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Dear readers – this is my last “Italy Adventures” blog post…but have no fear (wipe your tears) there are always more adventures around the corner that I’ll be excited to share with you, so for now here is the final edition – Tuscany style!

I have to be honest, when I thought of Italy I didn’t really think of Tuscany. Don’t ask me why – I mean, I’m a huge wine lover etc. but it wasn’t at the top of my list. However, a couple of the girls were interested in visiting Tuscany so we added it to the itinerary. I would say the only downfall to this Tuscany trip was that many of the little towns/villages we visited were essentially closed for holiday. It would have been nice to see the bustling little towns and have the ability to walk into many of the wine shops and cute little…

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5 Reasons to Visit Siena

I agree with you, Siena It is a beautiful city. We know it very well because we have an airbnb in tuscany

Taste, Travel, Teach

Out of all of the cities we visited throughout Italy, Siena was the only one I could really picture myself living in. A nice break from the busy city life, Siena is a less-visited oasis of beauty, wine, and local flavor. We only stopped for one night but I am so glad that we did!

Since we only had one night, we took advantage of the town’s relaxing vibes and you should too! Here’s why you should say ciao to Siena!

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1) It’s off the beaten path

Quite simply, Siena is the perfect place to enjoy the slower way of life, tell stories about, and visit again. Particularly since we visited in February, the town was almost empty of tourists. We had great conversation with a couple locals and found that people were eager to help us out – something that we didn’t find in every city we visited. We only…

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The year in review

Wow It is an amazing post. We appreciate what you wrote. We have an airbnb in tuscany!

Retired Rambling

This has been an epic year for my husband Greg and I.  I retired from a teaching job that I loved, learned to live with my husband full time, started blogging, traveled extensively and rekindled my passion for photography.

My husband and I have learned the dance of being retired together.  He has his hobbies and interests and I am learning to take time to do the things that I love.  First I had to figure out what those things were (writing, photography, crafts)  but now we give each other space, so that later we want to spend time together.  This year our European travels have included Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Amsterdam, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  My husband and I are very different people, he is quiet organized and cerebral and I am spontaneous, outgoing, and attention seeking.  But the one thing that we agree upon is that we both…

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL IN CHIANTI IN TUSCANY 2

Congratulation! We have and Airbnb in Tuscany near Arezzo

Toscana Mia

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At this moment of the year everybody is thinking of holidays : booking the flight, the accommodation and then all the other activities. Housing is so important, and we have to decide what we are looking for.

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Holiday for one? Tips for traveling solo.

We are an airbnb host in tuscany and it is an amazing experience for every guest

The Art of Being Fabulous

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I’m equally comfortable traveling solo or with others. What I like best about traveling alone is that I can follow my own path. I’ve done it for awhile now, so I’m pretty comfortable squatting almost anywhere. If you’re thinking about taking a trip alone and never tried before, there are some basic things you can do, regardless of your gender.

Before booking your trip, the main thing you should ask yourself is if you’re comfortable doing things on your own at home. If the answer is no, then you may not enjoy traveling solo. If you’re not sure, then you might want to try booking a trip alone but on a cruise or as part of a tour group for your first time. This way you can go alone, but you will have people that you can reach out to quickly if you find that you’re uncomfortable.

Here…

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30th April-Prada Shopping

Prada Factory Outlet in Montevarchi is near to Cappannelle Holiday House

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We are going to Prada Outlet aka near the FACTORY YAY!

So, we got up really early and to catch our train which leaves at 6.15am for Montevarchi. So, we chose Trenitalia. We arrived in Florence (Firenze) at 8.00am. The train will leave for Montevarchi at 8.15am and arrive at 9.15am.

We also had our breakfast in the small town which was awesome and quite cheap. The towners were friendly and it was a relatively quiet town which I kinda grown to love and atleast appreciate. Smokers would rejoice there cause cigarettes costs like 4,50 Euros. My husband clearly took advantage of that. He said Italy had the best ciggies out of the 3 countries we went. London’s ciggies was kinda heavy as you could taste the tar. That was his account as I am not a smoker so I was not able to “review” it.

We took a cab to Prada Outlet!…

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The Last Hill Town Exploration

Look this wonderful post about Fattoria La Vialla

Our Tuscan Year

As my journey and Italy dwindles  down to the last month, I have been very lucky to have an abundance of family visits to savor my remaining moments in Italy. For my Aunt Barbara’s trip,  I planned a four-day road trip through small hill towns in Chianti and the Val d’Arno. Our itinerary was derived from Eyewitness Travel’s “Back Roads of Northern and Central Italy.” My aunt rented a stick-shift Lancia which drove wonderfully on the windy roads across the countryside. Impressively, she had not driven stick shift in several decades but still managed to conquer the roads with finesse!

The Val d’Arno region (east of the Arno River) was our starting point, and the first stop on the itinerary was the Ponte Buriano, which apparently appears in the background of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, the riverbed was almost dried up, which detracted from the supposedly picturesque view…

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Fattoria La Vialla

Fattoria Vialla is a bio farm in Castiglion Fibocchi well known in Germany and UK

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the peacock, whom she was very much in love with.

This is the rendition of Romeo and Juliet at the Fattoria La Vialla, an organic farm, winery, and family-style restaurant atop the lush Chianti hills. The free-range chickens and vibrant-colored peacock are the first sights we come across as we reach the petite, cottage-like farmhouse, and, yes, one of the chickens really is fond of the peacock.

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Unlike Buccia Nera, this winery is much more inviting and alive; as our guide leads us down to the wine cellar, I can’t help but notice that the employees all carry bright smiles and warm greetings, the animals running about take an amicable curiosity to new guests, and the overall venue is bright and colorful. What’s even more astonishing is that all the processes at the farm – the winemaking, the farming, the olive oil production –  are organic, and minimization of carbon emissions is a top…

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THE BEST OF THE ADVENTURE

TRAVELS WITH HETTY HYMER

THE STATISTICS OF THE COST OF FEB/JUNE IN A MOTORHOME

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This adventure has been much more expensive than the last few as factors such as Hetty maintenance ..Medical treatment..Ferries and lots of bugger the expence outings etc.

NOW A ROUND UP OF THE VERY BEST BITS..

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MOST EXCITING ROAD …GROSSGLOCKNER PASS AUSTRIA

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BEST EVENT AT FATTORIA LA VIALLA TUSCANY

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BEST FOOD IN MARZAMEMI SICILY

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BEST WILD CAMPING AT THE AZURE WINDOW GOZO IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS

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SECOND BEST WILD CAMPING AT THE AUSTRIAN /GERMAN SIDE OF THE GROSSGLOCKNER PASS

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HIMSELF AT MELLIEHA BAY HOTEL SAILING IN THE MALTA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

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MOST WANTED TO SEE ..PALAZZO ADRIANA ..LOCATION OF “CINEMA PARADISO”AND A JOURNEY OF UPS AND DOWNS ACROSS INLAND SICILY

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AQUA ALTA BOOK SHOP IN VENICE

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A COUPLE OF MEGA SUNSETS IN GOZO

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST A MASSIVE WELCOME SMILE FROM MISS RUBY ON OUR ARRIVAL HOME

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