“Under the Tuscan Sun”…really

The quiet country roads, fields of poppies, groves of olive trees, and vineyards sloping down to the sea remind me of the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun." My photos do not come close to showing the beauty of the area.  The sun casts a golden glow on the tree tops, while the sea shimmers in... Continue Reading →

Costa Concordia Recovery

On 13 January 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground just off the Giglio Island's shore. Most of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew were rescued and taken to the island, as well as to the mainland. At least 30 people died and 64 were injured. The people of the island rushed to help, providing... Continue Reading →

Giglio Island

After an hour long ferry ride, I reached Giglio Island, most recently known for the Costa Concordia grounding incident (more on that in a later post). The island is quaint and seeminly untouched by time.  Giglio Island is an Italian island and comune situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany, and is part of the... Continue Reading →

The Streets of Orvieto

To walk the streets of Orvieto is to walk back in time.  This historic city, situated in the Paglia River Valley, began as an Etruscan center of commerce and prospered in Roman time due to its ceramics production. In 1354, it became a city of the Church Estate until 1798.  After brief Napoleonic rule, i... Continue Reading →

One must wait….

While enjoying my morning coffee from the hillside villa, overlooking both the vineyards and the sea, it dawned on me that perhaps the reason Tuscany and it's people are so wonderful is that they must wait.  Not the impatient wait we often have in our lives...waiting in lines, waiting in traffic, or waiting to get... Continue Reading →

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