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Lamole & Cathy’s Birthday, Shopping (again), Lucca

Day 33 - 35

semi-overcast 24 °C
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Slow start to the day – evening rain on our way home from the aria’s had dampened down the ground and resulted in early morning mist. Lovely to see.
As the day was a bit damp we decided to head to Lamole for lunch and a walk. This was a revisit of a restaurant in a wee town in Chianti that we’d visited in 2000. This time we weren’t disappointed – the drive there was spectacular up a wee winding road, past some stunning villas and old farm houses – the restaurant was as we remembered and the food was just as wonderful! A long lunch later we headed out to wander part or the ring walk, but sadly only managed a couple of kms as the rain again returned. So back to “our” villa for one of Phil’s meals – arancini this time!
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Shopping/Wine tasting day followed. The girls headed to the outlet mall that we’d visited earlier with Sarah – and enjoyed the day wandering around with no pressure on time or stress from crowds. The boys headed to some wine tasting in Chianti and also enjoyed themselves – found their spiritual home apparently!
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The day finished with a barbeque organised by Jen and Francesco – they brought along the meat, huge pieces of T-bone that were amazingly tasty, while we did the salads and dessert. Another fine evening at the villa!
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So the next day was a visit to Pisa for those that hadn’t been there this trip and then meeting up with the rest of the team at Lucca for lunch. What a fabulous place – Lucca. The town walls, the old town with its cobbled streets, the churches, the shopping! Very enjoyable day.
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Oops forgot to mention the wine tasting evening (the night before Sarah and Oli left) at the villa – this was a real surprise, traipsed across the road to view the vines (and olives) and a quick talk about the history of the vineyard and the vines. Then back to the villa to the cellar that we’d not realised was there! The winemaker/vineyard manager showed us the barrels and then proceeded to a tasting. The library stock was there as well in an area off to one side, all covered in dust – as it should be. There were bottles from 1964!
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Posted by EMTHOMSON 06:38 Archived in Italy

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