Italy

are we there yet?


 

Ascending the over four hundred steps of the Torre del Mangia of the Palazzo Publico in Siena.
Visit Italy Day Five to enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the tower.

Dramatic Tuscany

Whether in glorious colour or monochrome Tuscany takes your breath away.

 

The Three Graces cheekily contemplate two magnificent frescoes in the Libreria Piccolomini of Siena Cathedral.  On the left Enea Silvio, bishop of Siena, presents Eleonora d’Aragona to Emperor Federico III and on the right Enea receives the cardinal’s hat

The photo was taken with an iPhone 6S during our recent visit to Siena in October.
You can find more images of both the library and of Siena by visiting Italy Day Five.

WPC: Serene


 
Can any view be more serene than that of the Tuscan hills and fields surrounding the Abbey of Sant’Antimo that we had the good fortune of visiting on Day Seven of our Italian holiday just over a month ago.
 

 

Italy Day Nine: Tiramisu


 
After a week exploring the beauty that is Tuscany day nine of our Italian holiday was a wonderful cooking class with Serena in her lovely home in Gambassi Terme. I had been looking forward to this all week, particularly as we were enjoying Tiramisu desserts everywhere we went. Now we were going to learn how to make it together with so many other delicious dishes. If anything justifies the term transformation it’s converting mascarpone cheese, eggs, biscotti, sugar and vinsanto wine into a dessert to die for.
 

 
The class was a great success as you can see and lunch with the products of our hard labour! was simply delicious. Grazie molto to Serena of Serena Tuscan Holidays who made it all possible, both for the cooking class and for arranging the lovely country home where we stayed with our dear friends who shared the adventure with us. A special thank you to them also for such happy memories.

I should add that the cooking class was such a great success that before leaving England for Vancouver we made Tiramisu for our farewell dinner and all I can say is that I think Serena would have been very proud of us.  The blueberries were our embellishment and one that I can highly recommend.


 
The photos for the cooking class were previously posted on October 20th on my Instagram site.

Italy Day Eight: Chianti country

Our day exploring Chianti was all about the landscape as we visited Panzano, Greve in Chianti and Badia A Passignano and everywhere in between.

 

 

 

Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to family and friends across the border.