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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!
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!
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!
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.

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!

Posted by EMTHOMSON 06:38 Archived in Italy

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