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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Italy Day 6

We slept in for the first time this day and it felt so good! We'd worn ourselves out with all this traveling across Italy business. :) This morning, we walked around the area of our apartment and got to know the owner a little bit better. She had so many wonderful stories about all the very old buildings on the property and how they came to be in their possession. You can see in this picture the olive trees they grow for their olive oil business. They also make and sell their own honey. Both were delish! She was a very neat, neat lady. I should have gotten her picture!

We then headed out to a neighboring town called Gueve. Which of course I didn't get any pictures of. We just stopped there to grab a bite to eat and had some wonderful pastries. Then we walked around for a little bit and then headed off to our next destination, San Gimignano. This town is completely encompassed by stone walls, as you can see below, for protection against the surrounding towns back in the old days. (Paul Curtis my COPers?)
This town is known for having the most remaining towers and many of them are still privately owned. I think this town had 8 to 14 left... I'm not sure. Sally might have to correct me on this. I guess back then there used to be hundreds of towers all over the towns but most of them have been knocked down. Another little fact about this town is that it was abandoned for a long time due to the plague wiping out most of it's inhabitants.
Exploring the town. One of the many towers.
I just love it when everything is so close together and quaint looking. It seemed really friendly here.
Beautiful views. You can see the trees blossoming at the bottom of this picture.
This town also had some really cute shops where I got an adorable apron and Christmas ornament. It will be something to hang on our tree that reminds us of Italy every year.
Harlan & I checking out the views.
The hubby & I
More spectacular views. I just can't get enough!
Once we had sufficiently explored the town, we stopped by our first grocery store in Italy. The Coop. What is Ryan going for in this picture?? Of course... soda!
This picture just makes me laugh.
Emily and Ryan prepared the BEST meal ever! There was even more food then what is pictured. We couldn't even fit it all on the table. Yummy in my tummy.
We wrapped up the night with some fun lovin' Canasta.

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2 comments:

  1. Hi Lindsey!
    I got your note on our blog. You are so sweet! Wade is the cutest thing I've ever seen, so I'm glad other people think so too! He's just growing up too fast. Having kids isn't easy, but it sure is worth it. When you're ready, it will be so much fun.
    I noticed your Italy pictures and scrolled down briefly. Beau and I did that same hike in Cinque Terra. I loved it!! We went in the summer and swam in Vernazza (in the harbor off to the right) and were on the same beach in Monterosso. SMALL WORLD!!! I can't wait to read more about your trip. It makes me want to go back.

    About the home furnishings. All I can say is I've done it slowly. We've been in our house 4 years and just recently got furniture in our formal living room. I'm a cheap skate and refuse to buy things at expensive store when I know TJ Maxx (Home Goods) will have the same kind of stuff. The big shuttered window over the living room fireplace (probably in shower pics) was from a big Atlanta Antique Show/Flea Market. I think I have the sellers name somewhere out of South Carolina if you're interested. It's my favorite piece in the whole house. Other "cheap" antique stores (not the fancy ones) always seem to have something fun. And again TJ MAxx and Marshalls. Not sure if you have them, but they always have good stuff!
    Well, keep me posted and let's keep chatting. I like having a blog buddy :)
    Take Care,
    Kriya

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  2. The pictues from your apartment are breath taking. Oh and Canasta in Italy? HAHA

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