Okay let's see....Wednesday after I left here, I returned to Villa Nell'Olivetto to find everyone but Chris picking olives with Mark and his crew. The girls looked so cute with the baskets strapped around their waists. So of course, I shed my blazer and helped too. Eventually Chris joined us and we spent the next two hours picking olives, only the low branches as none of us climbed any ladders. I could have spent the entire day doing it! Around 12 though, our stomaches started to rumble, so we piled into the cars and headed for Montalcino.
BTW the navigating dot to dot (i.e., town to town) works great. We went to Montalcino, via San Giovani Di Asso, some other town, then were pretty much able to follow sings for Montalcino. We parked behind the fort in a free lot and climbed into town. Lunch was at a very small family trattoria - delicious and plentiful. Then we strolled through town, did some wine tasting (not at the fort - too crowded) but at Osteria something something (don't worry I have the names somewhere), then headed home.
Chris and I continued on the Sinalunga to the Coop to pick up something for dinner as we ended up cooking in Wed and Thursday night.
Yesterday, we met Cristina in Siena - what a trip. She is fantastic and a wonderful guide. I really do like Siena and definitely want to spend more time there. To me, it feels more of a "living city" than Florence. Oh and since you know my obsession, we did the dot to dot method again (Trequanda, Asciano, Arbia, Siena) and parked easily at the San Francesco parking outside the city walls.
We returned home early (actually our earliest night - about 5), visited the local coop for some bread but they were out and made an early dinner.
Today it is raining - that type of all day steady rain. Hey I walked 3 KM to Petroio this morning (each way), so anyway, we are taking it easy, maybe heading to Pienza to pick up some lunch munchie foods, relaxing and unfortunately packing.
Tomorrow it is back to Rome. I may try to do one more entry then. Sunday, it is back to the airport and home. Ciao