Tuscany Trip Report-Day 1

June21

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We left New York at approximately 10 pm. I settled in fairly quickly, took a sleeping pill and woke up as we were landing in Milan. The process of renting our car was a hassle as everyone arrived at the same time and they only had one clerk on. With patience though we were on our way. Navigating ourselves out of the airport and Milan was a fete in itself. I spotted the first of many Lambergenis on the Autostrada. In fact, D’s constant exclamation whenever we were on the highway was “don’t look now but there is a Mercedes up my ass”!

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We stopped along the way at one of the many Autogrill Rest Stops along the highway and ordered delicious sandwiches for the road. I mean seriously fabulous-fresh bread, succulent meats and cheeses. It suddenly dawned on us-we were in Italy again!

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When the scenery started to change and we spotted rolling hills and mountains, we knew that the Tuscan countryside was near.

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The sun was starting to sink as we got more and more excited that our home for the week in the town of Montecatini would soon be in sight.

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Upon check in at Hotel Puccini we were delighted that Patrizia, the owner of the hotel was able to keep her promise and put us in a room with a terrace. This was our view from the terrace

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and this was the view of the terrace from inside our room.

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We were hungry for some supper. I had done some advance research and had seen that a local recommended a couple of his favourite restaurants. We found out from Patrizia that La Cantina del Toscano was within walking distance of our hotel. Little did we know at that time that we would fall instantly in love with the food and our server Francesco and that we would return almost every evening of our stay.

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Later we took a short stroll up and down the main street where our hotel was located to get our bearings.

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We understood that we were actually staying at a different hotel closer to the town square but decided that we quite liked that we were on a quieter portion of the street.

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This was a glimpse of our hotel lobby from the sidewalk.

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This was the covered sidewalk patio outside our hotel. We were too pooped to stop for a drink that evening but did so a couple of nights later. Our bed was exceedingly comfotable and we had a good sleep to start our Tuscan adventure the next morning.

Kath’s quote: “Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.” ― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun    

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Love never fails.

 


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2 Comments to

“Tuscany Trip Report-Day 1”

  1. Avatar July 3rd, 2016 at 6:20 am Jackie Savoie Says:

    Kath, car aficionados everywhere are screeching at your misspelling of LAMBORGHINIS!

    Aside from that little transgression, lovely report!

    Did you perchance watch on OWN the enchanting series on Debbie Travis building her inn in Tuscany. I seem to recall that it’s situated very close by the Tuscan town you are visiting in this report. Did you drop by? ;)


  2. Avatar July 4th, 2016 at 12:35 pm Kathryne Says:

    Was the problem when I pluralised it? Didn’t know about my friend Debbie or I would have dropped in for a cup of Tim’s!


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