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Report 834: There's No Such Thing as Too Much...Pasta and Ceramics

By Palma from California, Fall 2005

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Page 5 of 23: Thursday, September 8: Chianti

photo by Palma Hansen

San G. ceramic vase

I woke up at 5:50 looking at daybreak over the Chianti hills. We had a wonderful breakfast of brie, proscuitto, rolls, bel paise cheese, salami, fruit, croissants, and caffe latte.

We started the morning with a stop in Castellina to visit several shops that had been closed yesterday evening. I bought eight ceramic place cards, each with a different tiny scene of Tuscany painted on them, and a Christmas ornament for the “Italy Tree” with a scene of cypress, hills and houses from the same artist. Then Jan and I bought hand knit shawls and I bought some tiny ceramic angels for gifts.

We drove on to Radda through beautiful countryside and saw all the grapes ready for harvest. We wandered through town. I bought three tablecloth sand napkin sets (for the soon to be purchased patio table) in sunflower, poppy and lemon patterns and two paper mache figs. We stopped for sodas and a smoke, met up with Jan and drove to Castello Brolio, but it was closed.

We went to lunch in Gaiole at Il Cantoli where we had bean soup and fried coniglio. It began to rain when we were having lunch, so we decided to press on to San Gimignano, and skip a nap. We shoppers were on a roll.

The rain let up when we arrived in San Gimignano, so we split up and shopped viciously from four until seven. I bought some chingale sauce, honey, linens, gifts, bracelets, two prints, and then Brad and I made our big ceramic purchase of a fabulous large olive oil jar. Brad and Les spent time in a café/bar in the Piazza del Duomo where we could find them if we wanted to drop off bags. We bought several large photographs for Brad’s office, a few bottles of wine, and then I joined the guys for a caffeine fix.

We watched a wedding party and guests emerge by the Duomo and finally it was time for our dinner at La Terraza. I had papardelle with chingale sauce and a grilled veal chop. By the time we left dinner, it was raining again, so Brad took one umbrella and went to get the car, while Jan, Les and I had a caramel gelato until he picked us up at the porta. In 45 minutes, we were home for a nightcap with Lobrando. It was a long and prosperous day!

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