It's time you met Andrea and his wife Masha. They have a darling baby Lorenzo that is Willem's age (so I got some much needed snuggles). We met Andrea the first day at Eco (he's manages it and does translation work) and he helped us plan our ventures (a soccer game in particular) much more smoothly. He and Masha welcomed us into their home and cooked for us not once, but twice, in addition to taking us to a local restaurant in Sarzana. Pasta with fresh parsley, steak florentine, mushroom and saffron rosotto, local cheese and salami and local gelato to name a few of the things they served. YUM. There is no way we could pay them enough for the authentic experiences they added to our trip...so we hopefully will return the favor if they ever want to see Chicago/Indianapolis (Did you hear that Andrea and Masha..?...our boys want to meet Lorenzo! :).
stairs up to the living area/dinning room, first floor is the kitchen.
Love all of the books
Larenzo's hang out.
Coolest baby gate ever :)
Exposed original rock wall (
200? 500 years old) along the stair well
pasta first and no picture of the steak florentine because I was too busy eating it. ;)
You know it was a good meal with three bottles of local wine sitting out afterward...and cafe` and gelato to finish
their street at night
The next morning we were off to explore tuscany inland. Though Luke and I both knew we would miss the ocean.
A little pizzeria in Siena
Some artwork displayed on a napkin. American JackDaniel's decor as well. :)
Oh the coffee...the coffee
If you are going to hang unmentionables (left)...they should match and be pretty right? :)
Shot up the church bell tower
This is a stolen image from the internet. We didn't pay the 40 eruo to go inside...maybe we should have...We really need to see the excitement of the horse race in August for the real deal story of this city...Siena is all about their horses.
church exterior side entrance
We spent a small fortune on gelato as I insisted on trying it whenever humanly possible. Crema, cocoa/coconut and hazelnut...hard to decide which I prefer. Good thing they assume you want all different flavors in your little cup... one scoop of each is just how it's done by default. :)
In the gelato shop...exuding all things Italian-maybe they pay this dog to roam the streets so they look more authentic. :)
church details-front door
For tying horses? I don't know...
Funny story...a classy french women saw me taking a picture of Luke through the window trying on a dress shirt and subtly grinned before telling her husband something in French I couldn't totally make out. I assumed she thought it was silly I was enamored enough to be sneaking pictures though. I pointed through the display window and said "My boy". To which she giggled and totally understood what I said... I think. ;)
"my boy" admiring coffee accessories.
just some trees growing on the roof...
So instead of paying for tickets to see the church floor, I got my hair done. It was Luke's idea! really. He asked if I wanted to get my hair done because the curlers taking up a 1/4 of his suitcase didn't work with the converter and basically turned into an electrical fire. Would you have said no to a salon in Siena?!
Of course they pin each curl up painstakingly and only charged 12 euro to do it.
Cute italian boy getting his hair cut asked if we were on our honey moon...just to be even cuter. ;)
Luke trying to pay 4x as much as they asked because the low price was confusing. ;) The lady pictured said goodbye with the real deal kiss on both cheeks when she found out we had five boys at home. Cutest thing ever. I love the Italian warmth in that tradition.
What Siena did to me ;)