Saturday, 14 June 2008
Home is also a good place to be.
Uneventful journey back and collected by Fran from the airport (thanks to Fran and Matthew for the taxi service).
We don’t envy Jim and Margaret their trip home – left Albiano at 7:00am this morning, getting train from Pisa to Rome this evening, flying early Sunday Rome – Munich – Heathrow - Edmonton
Our new combined weight – which no one guessed correctly – is 127kg
Friday, 13 June 2008
An extended lunch at Loreno and Margaret's . A most enjoyable afternoon. Loreno on cracking form – strange how wine seems to have less effect in Italy.
Glorious afternoon and managed a final swim before another dinner and another thunderstorm which lasted more or less all night. As a result the garden and roads were awash when we set off this morning.
Azzurri live to fight another day.
See you soon.
I have never been to Cinque Terre before. It is beautiful but possibly too much so – a fairy tale place.
We started at Riomaggiorre then took the train to the end of the line (10 minutes away). On the return leg we stopped at Manarola, the village before Riomaggiore, and then walked back along the coastal path.
A light drizzle started as we set off on the 20 minute walk back but of course being Italian rain it was warm and dry.
We therefore called Loreno to change our dinner plan from a BBQ to a restaurant. However, by 4:30pm the weather was still glorious so we reverted to the BBQ option, did a quick shop and had a great BBQ. We then walked up the hill to Albiano for grappa and limoncella before venturing back though the vineyard in the moonlight and following the fireflies.
Looked a promising start to the day but by the time we had finished coffee with Ann and Ricco Capani at about midday it had turned cloudy again.
The Capanis have a small but beautiful house with a spectacular view of Barga.
Evening dinner was at Da Riccardo where all the tables were occupied with people with Scots accents. Even the owner and her daughter were Scottish Italians – nevertheless it was an excellent meal.
Jim & Margaret’s friends Vic and Gay came over on Sunday with their daughter from Rome and her partner with their two children. We BBQd the lunch in the rain and ate indoors. The children and I managed a brief swim in the pool but I only went in because there had to be an adult in the pool with one of the children who couldn’t swim.
Defrosted the fridge with a hair drier.
Monday, 9 June 2008
The bright spells in the afternoon enabled us to do some swimming and I think I have cracked bilateral breathing for my crawl which now looks even sexier.
Friday, 6 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Apartment for return trip looks really good although limited garden. Walking distance for getting back from Oneste and Alpino for poker. Sleeps six so start booking your places now.
Weather continues miserably but summer is said to be arriving before we go though we have heard this before.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
At mass on Sunday, we met a lady, Mhoira McFarlane (no Scottish, or English, spellchecker for that matter) who knew the Scottish artist Peter Luti from his days with the Scottish Highers. She is now with the Foreign Office in Florence.
Off now to drive round Barga and see if we can find a wireless hot spot to access the internet before resorting to the internet access point at D&D.