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Published: September 8th 2012
I wake up the church bells are ringing its 7:30 AM. Kirsten is coming out of the bathroom fully dressed. Her and Bea are ready, Kirsten suggested they would walk the remaining villages and I could stay here and update my blogs. Hmmmm, walk a lot or sit at a café. Your right honey I think I need to take it easy today. I’ll stay here and update the blogs and check out. I’ll wait for you on the steps of the hotel. Ya’ll have a nice walk.
After getting up I head up to the terrace, this is where the Wi-Fi is located. I sit down and start updating my blogs. Cappuccino, quite, beautiful view, its great for the first hour. A door opens and out walks Betty. Yea, Bea’s BFF. She told me all about her evening and wanted to know all about our evening. Woo look at the time I need to meet Kirsten & Bea. Hope to see you in Greve she says; yea, yea, as I head down stairs.
I’m sitting here at a café across from the hotel watching all the folks coming and going. My fingers are getting very tired typing, Uno
Birra, please. Grazie.
It’s almost noon and I’m thinking Kirsten & Bea will be coming down the steps any minute. I order them each a beer and one large pizza. They will both be thirsty and hungry.
Folks walking the trail keep flowing into the village, no sign of Kirsten or Bea. Hmmm, I hope they are ok, the pizza comes and I have piece, as I’m taking my last bite I see Kirsten. She see me and is smiling, she comes right up to me, I reach out and she walks right past me and gets her beer. Gotta love her.
After lunch we all pile into the car and leave the same way we came. Once we get to the autobahn Kirsten turned the driving over to me. We are heading to Greve, south of Florence. This is the Chianti wine region, and the Chianti Classico Expo is going on in Greve. This is the wine that has the rooster on the label. Each year in early September they have a festival and all the 100 plus vineyards come out and set up booths and let you sample. Yes, you read it correctly,
sample. There is a $10 cover charge but you can drink wine for three days. Yea, we’ll be back.
As we get off the autobahn Kirsten starts seeing signs for Agriturismo ‘s. She’s getting all excited and wants to stay in one. We find one about 5 minutes outside of Greve and I check out the room. It’s real nice, a little pricey but we’ll take it. We put everything into the rooms freshen up and head into town.
The festival starts at 6 PM, we get there around 6:30 ish. It’s crowed and some Italian guy is speaking, the priest blesses everyone and they then Process thought the town square. Hedi would love it; wish you were here.
We pay our $10 and get a wine glass and holder. From there we head out into the maze of wine vendor.
After 2 hours of sampling wine we decide to have dinner. We try at the restaurant recommended by our innkeeper but you need reservations. Maybe tomorrow. So we walk across the piazza toward a restaurant and on our way we have another sample.
Our meal is great; the food in Italy is very good,
rich in flavor and plentiful.
After dinner we head back to our room, another great day and evening in Italy.
And it’s not raining.
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