Even though we are in an amazing place i am not able to do a major traveling sight seeing event every one of our 14 days that we are here.
Now that we have a car we have been the last three days in a row to Montepulciana, Pienza and yesterday to Siena. Today i stayed home. Brian's family is very into nostalgia and their geneology, something that has never interested me about my own ancestors. So he took off for Montecantini which is outside Florence, maybe two hours away. That is where is grandfather was born. From what i can tell Montenantini is probably like visiting Tacoma if you were touring Washington State.
So i stayed home.
And so i was able to use his laptop today to load up photos since i am not able to do that on my iPad. So i worked on that today so that i have a head start when i get home to make a photo book. So far i've taken over 700 photos and i get overwhelmed when there are so many.
Random Stuff about Italy....
1. My risotto with seafood at Siena yesterday was so good. I've made risotto on special occasions and it's not easy - my first couple of attempts bombed. But i'm pretty good at it now. This was better than mine.
2. The grocery store down the street is amazing! it's like a super cool Italian deli. I wish we had this store at home. We have been eating out only once a day and then making meals using their fresh homemade pesto, the fabulous mortadella and proscuitto meats, the cheeses. And i have never had better yogurt. They recognize us now when we walk in.
3. I was not a fan of Florence, too crowded, too big....but i have loved the car trips to the smaller towns i mention above. I found a really nice skirt yesterday in Siena without even looking for anything for myself. I think i'll forget about trying to find boots. For one thing - it is so hot i don't even want to try them on. The other thing is i know my fat foot won't fit in them.
4. I swear my feet have gained weight too! And they already were wide.
5. I cannot run here unless i want to risk my life by being hit by a motorcuycle. They are so annoying in the small villages - like mosquitos.
6. I find that i like taking photos of the people more than the cathedrals and churches. I know i should pay more attention to the history, but i'm not wanting a history lesson. I want to watch the people, eat the food, experience the wine. People are so nice here!
7. That might have something to do with my husband's bright happy face everywhere we go and he's always quick to try to say something to them in Italian, and often asks for the right prononunciation.
8. I went down to the pool today to write in my little traveling journal and one of the nice Norwegians two doors down came over and talked to me. He spoke English very well.and we had a nice conversation about traveling Italy and American culture. He was so nice. His name was Lasse and he and his wife own one of these places. They are so cute all of them. They have been playing Bridge and drinking wine outside on the shared balcony the last two nights and have been so friendly to us. When i told him my grandfather was from Norway he said he would try to find out about our name because we know nothing about it.)
9. Tomorrow we are venturing out by train to Orvieto, which many have told me is a great place to go. Including my new friend Lasse.
9. The smells are amazing here. I wish i could record it and bring it home with me!
10. I have been trying to post photos on my blog but it is impossible. Google tells me others have the same problem so i give up.