What To Do, What To Do?
How about nothing? This is not entirely true, but here we are with a bright, sunny day (finally) in the lovely Tuscan countryside that we can now actually see. Our hotel, Il Borgo Castello Banfi near Montalcino, is perched high on a hill, surrounded by vineyards (they make their own vino, of course), olive trees, and the occasional snort from a pig- somewhere, but we do not know where.
It’s a good day for a leisurely breakfast and cappuccino, strolling through the grounds to explore, take photos and perhaps read by the pool. The property boasts an Enoteca (wine shop) that also carries the balsamic vinegar they make and a variety of other items they produce for the property such as the shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions they provide in the rooms. These are all products of the grapes they grow, as well as producing their own jams and honey.
It is our last day in Tuscany (and Italy) before heading to Provence tomorrow. We changed our plans and opted not to go to Monaco for the next two days as planned, before heading to Provence. We felt this added too much to what was beginning to be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and provides a reason to return to this part of Europe. This will allow Jordan and I to stay put for a few days until we leave for Switzerland , and allows Christopher a day or two to enjoy that region of France (we gave him the option regarding Monaco and he opted for Provence instead).
After 33 days in Italy, it feels a bit odd to go to another country-albeit one where we all have stronger communication skills. Jordan is fluent in French, and Christopher and I have mastered limited high school French. You know, we can read it, more or less understand it, and throw out a sentence or two that actually is structured properly. So, we say ciao to those who have made our stay more complete; those who helped us with the language barriers, drivers who got us to where we needed to be safely (thank you Nino) and to other travelers and locals we have met and have befriended us.
Andiamo a la France!