For our family holiday this year we opted to stay in Europe and travel around the Chianti region of Italy. As primarily French wine consumers, we looked forward to learning more about the neighbouring grapes and regional cuisine. By going in mid-October, our goal was to avoid both the high tourist season and sizzling temperatures.
Ouisie was along for the journey, and though I am not convinced she understood that Italy was a place and not a person, she knew pizza, pasta, olives, ice cream, and grapes lived in It-lee. With toys and stickers filled to the brim, I packed the sac magic in my suitcase for rewarding goodbehaviour (and defusing temper tantrums). My family bid farewell to rainy England and two hours later the warm Tuscan sunshine bid us welcome.
Every town we visited along the Chiantigiana Road looked like a film set waiting for the director’s call –“ACTION!”. Around each bend in the road we were greeted by inspiring landscapes dotted with grapevines, olive trees and rolling hills perfectly posed for a paintbrush or a camera to capture their scenic beauty.
The greatest impressionist though, were the Italians… che bello! Their reputed love of children was evident as Ouisie’s magnetic personality drew admirers, both young and old, wherever we went.
During our time in Chianti we mangiare ä, visitare µ, e l’amore ♥.
primo giorno, SIENA
secondo giorno, PANZANO and GREVE IN CHIANTI
terzo giorno, SAN GIMIGNANO
quarto giorno, PIENZA