Contest Entry. I won a trip to Italy!!

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Hi everyone. I shared link to my public Facebook account  and you responded.  Than you so much.  I’m won a trip to Italy!!!  Thank you so very much.  Grazie mille 🙂

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Florence. It’s more than just the Gucci Museum.

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It’s a gorgeous late summer day here in sunny southern California. The sky is blue, the ocean has an afternoon sparkle and I just got back in the house from a bit of gardening.  I’ve been “sharpening pencils” so to say, not doing chores.  Instead I’ve been skimming through my photos of my trips to Italy and this one caught my eye.  It looks like a similar bright sunny day, but this one warmed by the Tuscan sun… and this one is in Firenze (Florence).  The photo was taken from the Gucci Museum  and pretty much sums up the feeling that day.  Thanks for taking the time to view and read …. and if you like, you can also follow me on Instagram.

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Tuscan Sunshine and Gelato

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Piazza Cisterna in San Gimignano gleams in the bright Tuscan sun. It’s a place that is well photographed by tourists and professionals alike – with good reason.  While you are there don’t miss the chance to grab some Gelato from the master at Dondoli.  If there is a line, it usually goes quickly and is very much worth the wait.  This photo is also featured on my Instagram account where I am posting my photos of my many trips to Italy.  Drop by and give it a look.

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Remembering Monteriggioni

It’s not a place you forget, then again, either is Italy.  I’m hoping to return soon and have entered this photo in the contest.  If you would like to help, please visit my Instagram gallery   Otherwise, please enjoy this photo and let me know how you enjoyed this wonderful town in Tuscany.

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Get Me to the Church On Time.

Why did the wedding cake cross the road?  Deep in Chianti in the town of Panzano, we had lunch at Solociccia a restaurant of Dario Cecchini – the Butcher of Tuscany.  He has several restaurants near his famous butcher shop – Anticia Macelleria Cecchini. and the day we visited they were just bursting to the seams with wedding guests.  I looked out the window from our table and noticed that traffic had stopped – so the cake could cross the road, TO GET TO THE RECEPTION ON TIME. Voila!

Corzano e Paterno Winery

IMG_1125Last summer I visited this lovely winery, caseificio (CHEESE!) and olive farm located in San Casciano Val di Pesa, roughly halfway between Florence and Siena in Toscana.  Nestled in a remote location with breathtaking views of the countryside, it’s well worth the drive. We had the normal tour of the place, learned about the cheese and olive oil production and then settled down to TASTE!

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