Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Tuscan Tales

This has been our home in the sun for the past week

Nestled among the hillside vineyards of the Chianti mountains

and beautiful olive groves.

There was a couple of days sightseeing.
First, the wonderful Gothic city of Siena

And then Florence... heart of the Renaissance.
Here we soaked up the culture

strolled along the Ponte Vecchio

and marvelled at the beauty of Michelangelo's David

But most of all we spent our days lazing about in the sunshine,
reading in the shade and
dipping in here when it got too hot

and of course enjoying the simple things in life...
good food and wine

Now I've bored you all with my holiday snaps I really should get back to the washing which is draped all over the house due to our lovely inclement English weather. It's good to be home!


  1. Welcome home Gina! Looks like you've had a great time (that pool looks soooooooo tempting!)


  2. lovely pics, you certainly had a beautiful place. food looks great and blue skies, woopee, dont have much of that around here at the mo! welcome back!

  3. It like you had a wonderful time - I've always wanted to go to Tuscany :)

  4. Aha - I've been waiting for your pictures to have a few dreamy moments away from the dreary English weather. Thankyou! You villa looks gorgeous. Glad you had such a great time. Thanks for the snap of the tasty food too - mmm.

  5. Hey..you're back. I've missed you. Glad you had fun. I was jealous till I read about the washing.

  6. It's good to have you back. Your holiday home looks amazing. I expect you are all refreshed now and will go into production overdrive!!!!!!!!

  7. Sounds and looks like a blissful trip. That picture of the grapes with their bloom is just gorgeous. Hope the laundry dries soon!

  8. So glad you had a wonderful holiday --- I'm not at all jealous of the sun you enjoyed or the scenery or the culture or the wine or the lovely food or the swimming pool --- there I think I hide that quite well. Looking forward to seeing your inspiration turn into production.

  9. It's good to have you back! I'm so glad you had a lovely time (not jealous at all honestly!!!)

    Was the house in one piece when you got back???

    Lucy x

  10. Glad you're back and had a great time. I love the Duomo, I think it is probably one of my favourite buildings in the world.

  11. Welcome home Gina! It all looks beautiful, especially the pool and the wine! :o)

  12. It all looks lovely and sounds like you had a great time.

  13. Looks like you had a wondering holiday. I hope you bring some sunshine back to Cambridge with you!

  14. welcome home, your pics are great, its all looks sooooo nice, you could have brought the sun back with you lol.
    Thanks for the visit, the bowls and things are from home bargins and the suitcases were from matalan, half price too.
    Sarah x

  15. Hello Gina...we stayed at Greive (or Greve, can't remember how to spell it) in Chianti, July last year and your holiday photos are just like ours! Boy was it hot, but so beautiful. My husband has been miserable as sin, these last few weeks because we are not going on hols this year :-(
    Hope you have a good day at Festival of Quilts. I'm there on Fri. too. (Jackie told me).

  16. I've never been to Italy, but I sure will one day! Florence is on the list, of course! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  17. Beautiful photos Gina and it looks like you had a great holiday - with actual real proper summer weather and everything!!


  18. How lovely - what wonderful memories to keep you warm through a cold English summer.


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