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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano October 2nd 2012

It was a real early call to make our way from the hotel by cab to the Dark Rome tour meeting place at Piazza d' Popolo. We were all really excited about this tour, the scenery, the wine, and of course a little shopping in a new location. The bus was full with 50 happy individuals that were also excited about the upcoming day! I was hoping the day would be good, but not 20 minutes into our trip, the girl in front of my row, got sick. She was sick on and off most of the trip, and I am sure she wasn’t too pleased about this. Neither was the bus driver that had to clean up the mess. Our first stop was for coffee about an hour outside of the Roma city limits just ... read more
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Montepucella gate

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 9th 2012

Devastated… I’ve been robbed Saturday 9 June 2012 Still not very bright today, even after a big sleep, but I had to keep moving. Whilst packing this morning I discovered I had two gold bracelets and a gold bangle missing. I couldn’t believe it as I pulled everything apart, unpacked and repacked three times. Now I really did feel sick. I took them off on Tuesday before I had the so called ‘massage’. I hadn’t missed them until now because I’ve been wearing other (less-expensive) jewellery for a few days. But I had to keep moving as one of the other students was arriving at 12 to pick me up. Thank goodness he did because I was in such a state that I didn’t know what to do. He drove me to the police station and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 8th 2012

School’s Out! Friday 8 June 2012 Morning: Today I feel very drained… as if I’m coming down with something. I really had to force myself to get out of bed. I will go to class, my last one, but then I think I might have to cancel all other engagements Evening: I said goodbye to my teacher Leonora – she presented me with a certificate, Il Sasso Italian Language Scuola attendance certificate. I worked hard for this. I just hope I can remember what I’ve learned once I leave Italy. I opted out of the customary end of course student luncheon and also cancelled the pedicure my feet were going to thank me for. I went home to bed… woo hoo, no homework!... read more
There are no curtains on the confessional box!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 6th 2012

Back on the Sanna trail Wednesday 6 June, 2012 The best thing about today – I think I found out some information about my great grandfather. I very kind man passionate about anything Italian Military took home with him the photocopy of my great grandfather that I’ve been carrying around with me, hoping that someone, somewhere would be able to identify whether the WWI uniform he wears in the photo was that of an officer or a soldier. I was hoping he would come back with an answer one way or the other, and he did. “Definitely an officer” he said, “of this I am sure”. I could have kissed him. That’s why I couldn’t find his military records in Milan… officers records are kept in Rome. He said something else in Italian, but I couldn’t ... read more
The Bell Tower
Almost closing time!
Love this little restaurant... have I said that before!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 5th 2012

Hi all, Not much to report today. Study, study, study Italian lanugage! I was supposed to have a tension-release and relaxing massage... but this is Italy. It was a man that came to my apartment. No massage table, no towels, just a tiny bottle of oil. 'I massage on the bed' he said. Ahaaaa? I just wanted shoulders and feet done. 'okay' he said. Face down on the bed with my top off, he started to rub my neck. Not very good, I thought. He moved to my back, then I heard groaning and loud panting, I wondered if he was just hot as it was a humid day... but no, I don't think it was just that. I figured if he didn't stop, I would get up off the bed and tell him to go. ... read more

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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 5th 2012

We were feeling a little apprehensive about leaving London as the excitement levels in the UK were growing with the impending Jubilee weekend. Arrival in Florence wasn’t too flash with a bit of a run in with the Europcar rental staff charging us a late fee when their pick bus was conveniently not waiting. Our hotel near the Florence airport was pretty good for the 1970’s. However with Friday night behind us and no wrong turns getting onto the motorway, we were soon on our way racing towards the country side. Tuscany lived up to all the hype, the countryside is picture postcard perfect. Rolling mountains, I think they were a little bigger than hills, that stretched for miles around with vineyards, olive trees and whispering wheat fields both golden and green dotted with red poppies. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 4th 2012

Cooking Class, making Gnocchi Monday 4 June Class went well today, so my weekend study efforts paid off. Woo hoo! I joined some others from the school to attend a cooking class this evening. We made gnocchi (potato dumplings), from scratch. Never been a big fan of gnocchi, but they were very light and all the vegetables and sauces we prepared to go with them made them very tasty. The view from this restaurant is superb. See the photo of the hills through the greenery (the one where you can just see the top of San Biagio church peeping through), well this is from the restaurant – also the photo of the sunset is from the exact same position a little later in the evening. See also the photos of the old Estrucan church attached to ... read more
MCiano 40 Old Etruscan church
Beautiful Tuscany
Toscana la bella!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 3rd 2012

Study Day Sunday 3 June 2012 Still trying to get a grasp on maschile e feminile, essere e avere, singola e plural, etc., etc., etc! So I took to the books again today, as tomorrow I start my second (final) week, and I don’t want to begin it from a behind position… if you get my drift. Did a quick grocery shop and bought a pizza to take home for dinner. Mmmmm, mamma mia, delicious… and so cheap! One third of the price we pay in Australia and three times as good! The pastry is so light and the ingredients are so fresh. We Aussies would do well to take on board some of the Italian techniques in the pizza-making department. Well, back to the Italian lessons. Write soon. Please feel free to comment or contact ... read more
This is the bell tower in the Piazza Grande
Piazza Grande
Town Hall at the top of the hill

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 2nd 2012

Saturday 2 June 2012 Catchup Day Even well laid plans can go astray. A school pal had arranged to hire a car today from a local garage, but it didn’t come off. I think they (the garage people) forgot about it and went off for the long weekend without remembering that a couple of students from the language school were going to rent their spare car. Not to worry, I took the opportunity to catch up on some study. It was good because I didn’t feel under pressure to get my homework done in the otherwise allocated short time. I came up for air this evening and met my class mate for a meal at one of the village restaurants. I had a steak and it was very good to have something other than pasta! It ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Montepulciano June 1st 2012

Friday 1 June San Biagio After lessons today, I took a bus around the outskirts of town. I visited San Biagio Cathedral at the base of the hill outside the village walls. It’s the church shown in most photos and postcards of Montepulciano. It’s very old and very beautiful. Check bottom of each blog entry for more photos.... read more
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