OK, so it's a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where to start and how to catch up on everything and all that. Let me just say it was a wonderful trip, it was A LOT of work with three youngsters, still totally worth it, and we are already planning our trip back next summer. (Who else is in??)
When I told B I didn't know what I should blog about, he (in total B fashion) made an outline of topics and stories. With references to photos. Uh, yeah, I don't work like that when it comes to this blog. Sorry.
Maybe I will just start with a spontaneous list of highlights from the trip.
sitting quietly in the Piazza San Franceso with the family on a warm afternoon early in the trip devouring what would be the first of many, many watermelons
stumbling upon (OK, crashing) a party at a sweet little wine bar one evening...beautiful guitar music as well
sharing a four hour lunch prepared by our new friend Aurora at her parents' home in the hills of Northern Tuscany
eating risotto ai gamberi and drinking crisp local white wine with B in the Cinque Terre
showing up in Siena on the eve of Il Palio....everyone was out for the festivities
looking for, almost giving up, and then finding the home of a friend in Florence
watching the baby take her first licks of gelato
taking the kids to old, favorite places in Florence
due cappucini, every. single. morning.
starting to feel, just little, like a local in Lucca
cocktails at Pult with the husband
sitting on our terrace listening to a concert of Ennio Morricone's music (conducted by him!)
sharing bisteca fiorentina with B for dinner
meandering through the wine shop in Lucca
picking C-Man and JuJu up from their Italian lessons (and eavesdropping just a little)
watching C-Man get a haircut at a real Italian barber shop
being treated like regulars at a new favorite restaurant
waking up the first morning to an old man playing the accordion on the street below (and hearing C-Man in the next room say "huh??")
fragolini di bosco gelato (made from the tiny, wild strawberries)
watching all three babes swim in the Mediterranean
little e reaching out for the barrista at "our bar" to hold her each morning
There is much, much more, but this will have to do for now. :-) It is so good to be back.