Turn Left!!!………..or straight………

Today started at our usual hangout: the AutoGrill. We are so satisfied with our breakfast each morning that we just keep going back! Today we snapped a photo for you to peruse:
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In general, today was a rather calm, lazy day. We ventured along the autostrada to the outlet mall. These were not just any outlets though, these were high-end Italian outlets. We’re talking Prada, Gucci, D&G and Armani. We’re also talking big bucks, and we are not afraid to admit our pockets are not that deep. €350 for a scarf? No thank you. It was an experience though. We checked out the fancy shoes & designer bags and made fun of the wealthy shoppers’ outrageous outfits.
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We then hit up a location more in our price range: the laundromat. Bev & Harvey needed to wash some of their clothes as they have reached the halfway point of their 3 week trip, and Justine & Kristin never miss an opportunity to wash their underwear. The laundromat was quite nice and we were easily able to entertain ourselves while the machines did their work.
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We went to lunch at a place we have driven by several times. It looked slightly divey from the outside but had a really comfortable feel once you got inside. Kristin & Justine each had a pizza, ham-cheese-cream and ham-mushroom respectively, and Bev & Harvey each had a foccacio. We didn’t know what to expect with these, but they ended up being giant flatbread type sandwiches.
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Our afternoon was spent in a fashion that many tourists would be familiar with, however is a little odd for us: relaxing. We returned to our VRBO and sat on the patio. Each of us had a glass of wine, beer or limocello in front of us. There was some bread to dip in the olive oil (made from the olive trees right in front of us) & balsamic vinegar that sat at the center of the table. It was really a lovely time 🙂
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We went back out and about for dinner. Tonight we acted like true Italians and didn’t even leave the house until after 7:30 pm. When we exit our villa’s driveway we always turn left. Tonight we got adventurous and turned right! It took us down a long & winding road…no seriously, it was crazy with the twists and turns! We counted on the way back and in the 9 km between the VRBO and the town we ate in there were 107 turns…107! Harvey is our hero with his pro driving skills!
At the end of the crazy-road-course-on-crack we found the adorable town of Gaiole in Chianti. All of the little places around here have so much character; you could spend weeks exploring! We visited a restaurant perched on a hill and gobbled down some pasta. Harvey, Kristin & Justine all had the same thing: homemade pasta (that was shaped like “S”s) with tomato sauce and meatballs. Bev tried something different with spaghetti & wild boar sauce. It was all so tasty!
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Tomorrow we head out to a new home and new Italian sights & flavors!
Love, Luck & Limocello,
K&J + B&H

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4 responses

  1. Well, I prefer divey places myself, they are often the best. Yes, I will have to get used to eating late if I ever (when I) get to Italy again!

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  2. That drive would have been fun. Yes it would be nice to have a relaxing afternoonon on the balcony overlooking the olive trees. Your supper also looks good again.

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  3. Wine! Rustic pizza! Olives! Bread! Gnocchi! Oh my! It all looks delightful! Question for Dad though… Where are the pictures of the car?! The car has to make a blog appearance! I can’t say that I’d usually like to be riding on those curvy roads, but I think that it would be worth it in Italy 🙂

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