Posing for Pictures in Italy.

We often forget to enjoy the view as we spend hours behind the camera lens.  This picture shows what happened when we arrived at Il Greppo winery near Siena – a photographic hog-heaven of sorts.  I’m curious, what sorts of body contortions will you do to get the perfect shot? Anyway you look at it,…

Ode to Italian Undies.

Do you ever wonder what Italians think of our endless fascination with their laundry? We go on vacation armed with our best cameras…

Wild strawberries. Simple and sublime.

Mouth watering wild strawberries in fresh cream.  True Italian style.  This simple and the sublime dish was served up to me at Trattoria Sostanza,  Il Troia as it’s often called,  after I dined on a decadent dish of baked chicken smothered in butter.  The concierge at my hotel assured me this place was easy to…

Montefioralle. In the beginning.

Beautiful Montefioralle.  This quiet and quaint little village is in the Chianti region of Tuscany. There are those that claim is the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci. (And we all know who this was, right?)  In May 2012 we stopped for a walking tour. It felt somewhat eery as there were NO people.  Maybe they were…

Italy: Storybook Land and Dante’s Inferno

This is the amazing view from Castello di Monteriggioni in Toscana.  As the sun set after a long day of touring, wining and tasting we settled in at the Fattoria, Castello di Monteriggioni near Siena. Before dinner we walked all around this little town where there are no autos allowed.  Built in the early 1200’s,…