Month: October 2015

We Go to Florence

Florence is about an hour and a half away from Anghiari, so it was easy to put that on our list of things to do with Myra.  We thought it would be good to have that be our first overnight trip because it’s easy to get to and it...

We Make Pasta

Everyone comes to Italy with a wish list of things they want to see and do, and Myra was no different.  Besides the wonderful art, medieval cities, Renaissance towns, ancient monuments, and incredible food, Myra wanted to see an Italian garden, take a pasta making lesson, and see an...

We Welcome Myra

Our dear friend Myra has come for a visit.  This is her first time in Europe and we’re so happy to be able to share some of our experiences with her.  No matter how much you prepare or think you’re ready, the trip over here is just a killer. ...

We live simply

After our extravagant trip to Switzerland, we are trying to be frugal and simple this week.  Our dear friend Myra is coming next week, so we want to be in top form for that as well. This week has been the perfect time to do this for two reasons:...

We Complete a Journey

The train from Florence to Interlaken goes first to Milan, where you change trains, then through a few northern Italian towns, and into Switzerland; but you don’t even know when you’ve crossed the border (there are no, “Leaving Italy”, “Welcome to Switzerland” signs).  There are two more train changes...

We Start a Journey

One of us had a birthday this week and we decided that to celebrate we’d take a little trip.  With all of Europe at our disposal, it was tough to decide where to go.  Paris?  Provence?  Spain?  Austria?  Well, you get the dilemma .  Through a not so very...

We Bless the Ciaccia Fritta

The south has fried chicken.  Tuscany has ciaccia fritta.  It’s basically fried bread.  What’s not to love, right?  Ciaccia is a flatbread that is used for sandwiches with meat, cheese, veggies – whatever you want to stuff it with.  The ciaccia is sliced and stuffed, kind of like a...

We Move into Fall

Fall has slowly been taking hold here for the past few weeks.  The days are cooler and the evenings are downright chilly.  You definitely need a jacket and socks.  No more t-shirts and sandals after the sun goes down. No more aperol spritzes for our cocktails.  It’s just too...

We Cross the Apennines

It’s a beautiful Sunday and we decided to take a day trip to the Adriatic Coast and have lunch.  It’s less than 100 miles but it takes a good two hours.  That’s because you have to drive over the Apennines to get there. The Apennines run pretty much the...

We See our Palace

Our apartment was once the servants quarters for the palace next door and is most certainly the closet I will ever get to living in a palace.  The palace is the Palazzo Taglieschi and is now a museum.  After living here for six weeks, we finally went to the ...