|Dimi, Antonella, Fredrico, me and Pip
|Dinner at Patrizia and Massi
All lovely nights out. Lucky us. More photos later – computer a little slow
Our last few days have flown. Pip and I had a little trip to La Spezia yesterday. Bertie was feeling tired and needed a rest so we made her promise to rest and we caught he bus. Not as easy as it sounds here in Italy. Still we made it. We both bought a cashmere cardi and a few little things then on the return trip stopped by Trebiano – another small village nearby .
I’ll show a few more photos – that will give you a look at what we are up to.
The weather has been great. Today we went to Porta dei Marmi – its by the water and very exclusive – with VERY BIG name shops. The markets were on and they were pretty exclusive as well. Wish I could bring home some things!. Bertie did a little shop and we encouraged her! After coffee we went to Castlenuovo – a very OLD town – yes on the top of a hill. It was siesta time and was so quiet. We managed to run into the only other tourists there and they were Australians. Mother and daughter – food reviewers fro Sydney. The daughter may now visit Rob in Barcelona! No not matchmaking just being friendly (though she is Lovely).
This afternoon we’re packing and sorting and planning dinner out. It’s Bertie’s birthday tomorrow – and we leave so we’re having a celebrations tonight.
Dinner at Patri and Massi:
La bella sera
Went to the most beautiful house last night, and enjoyed a lovely meal in the piccolo casa – which for travellers is available for rent.
Think Steve should be here – he would love it so much and we miss him.
Had a wonderful flight over. Flat bed really helps! Arrived in Milan early and beat Pip to the station. She looks great and was wearing her new boots – very modern very European. We had coffee and talked non stop until our train left for Turin. What a lovely city and it was bustling. Sunday afternoon in the middle of a week of festivities. There were book stalls lining the porticos, a chocolate festival in the little wooden huts they use for the Christmas markets. All were decorated with CHOCOLATES. A big temptation!. We walked and walked and had gelato and a lovely dinner in a piazza with music and chatting and a glass of Proseco.
MONDAY: we walked and saw LOTS of churches including San Lorenzo where the copy of the shroud of Turing is housed. The nonnas we all a twitter about the shroud then we were almost extras on a movie set in a park. After lunch – ensalada tonna we got the train down to Genova then along the coast past the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre until La Spezia. Roberta met us. She looks fantastic. Lovely little pregnant tummy and glowing.
We came to her home in Cerri settled in and then drank more Proseco bubbles. Had dinner on the terrace and looked towards the coast.
HIGHLIGHT: Seeing Roberta and dinner on the terrace
Today – TUESDAY: we had a slow start, breakfast on the terrace then headed off to explore. Ended up in Lerici a small village by the water. Its only 5 mins down the hill and is gorgeous. It was the most beautiful day. We enjoyed a seafood lunch walked around the bay, had gelato of course, walked some more and now we are home to cook fish for dinner.
HIGHLIGHT: Walking around the water past the beaches of Lerici eating gelato!
More tomorrow and maybe the first photos