Tuscany Trip Report-Day Two

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Our first glance of the blue Tuscan sky through our bathroom “window”

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and a view of our terrace in the daylight.

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After breakfast in our hotel we took the same route that we had walked in the dark the previous evening

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arriving at the town square.

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This is the handsome man with whom I spent the time of my life in Tuscany.

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One of our first stops was the wine store in case we needed a night cap in our room.

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After depositing the wine safely in our room, we wandered down Viale G. Verde passed the various spas by which the community became famous.

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We knew from our research that Montecatini was divided into two communities-Montecatini Ferme where we were staying and Montecatini Alto that we could see high above us. We guessed that there was a route by road but we were tourists and opted to do tackle the journey by the vintage Funicular which was kind of like a slanted trolley car.

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This as the gorgeous view of Montecatini Ferme from Montecatini Alto.

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Almost upon disembarking we spotted this tribute to a loved one. Did someone have a funicular accident?

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We had to climb straight up to the town square.

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This lovely spot awaited us.

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Before we decided which restaurant to have lunch in, we had a little snoop around.

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There were flowers everywhere.

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As well as historic buildings.

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We were most fascinated with the every day life of the residents.

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I would have dearly loved to have purchased something here but we waited until near the end of our stay to decide what to buy once we had a chance to window shop.

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The restaurants put out baskets of their ingredients to lure you in.

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This lady sat all by herself at one restaurant, never ate or drank anything and her expression never changed. I think that she might have been ordered to sit there and to not make any (more?) trouble.

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My first taste of house wine-I was in heaven. We drank the house wine at each and every place we stopped-it was about being economical but also to compare and contrast tastes and flavour profiles.

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I choose this unappetizing looking lunch as my selection-Tuscan Crostini sounds innocent enough but had a pungent, heavy taste. I had struck out at my first time at to bat.

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D on the other hand loved his grilled cheese sandwich.

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All the patrons sat outside that day but I peaked in to see what the interior was like.

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I would have loved to have visited again on a rainy or chilly day but we still had so many restaurant meals ahead of us.

Kath’s quote: “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

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Love never fails.

I found this little bus shelter the square.


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