27.09.2014 - 27.09.2014 23 °C
We left Florence in a hire car and had a lovely drive through quintessential Tuscan countryside to our next destination, San Gimignano. A walled city with 14 towers, we had yet another gorgeous traditional stone apartment. We really have found some absolute beauties to stay in, all through Owners Direct, and very reasonably priced, mostly cheaper than 3 star hotels. We had a day out driving, but mostly these few days were spent just quietly hanging out in this beautiful village. Every day of our whole trip, we have spent quite a bit of time just sitting in cafés (always outdoors) watching local life wander by. Jim is currently climbing yet another tower while I catch up writing. I got him a Fitbit for his birthday, so he's enjoying keeping track of daily activity. So far we have averaged around 12,000 steps per day over the 4 weeks, which is about 9km, so that's not bad going.
Food and Wine
The coffee is always fantastic, Tuscan bread is awful (no salt), and every pizza I've seen looks unappealing. I've never been a fan of pasta, so that does make meals more of a challenge, as Italy just doesn't seem to have other cuisine well represented. The salads are great though, the best bit is that the dressings, oils etc are on the table to add, rather than being already in the salad. This means I get to avoid horrid mayonnaise and vinegar. And also, after only 51 years, I now like olives. Maybe I only like Italian olives, I don't know, but I definitely like them here. The local red wines are dreadful, so I've had to change to white. Our favourite refreshing drink is Spritz (1 part prosecco, 1 part Apero, 1 part soda water)