For our second place in Tuscany we stayed at La Conda Rossa, a working olive farm near Capalbio. There’s a pool so the kids spent all day every day there while we sat and read.
We ate dinner at the hotel’s restaurant every night and it was quite good. The kids started eating more adventurously.
On the second day we went for a drive around the area. First, we went to a small nearby town for lunch and then drove by the coast to a cute town called Orbetello, a picturesque marina town called Porto San Stefano and then stopped at a public beach for locals for an hour or so.
There was a mixup with our reservation, we thought we had 3 days but the hotel thought we had only 2 and someone else was checking into our room on our last day. Fortunately, someone left one of the cottages early so they could move us there and it had a nice yard.
We left Casole d’Elsa and drove to Volterra, about 30 minutes away on very windy roads. We had pizza lunch in the square and gelato after a walk around the town.
We happened upon a museum of torture which was kinda creepy.
Before driving to Volterra we had to stop at the restaurant where we ate dinner last night because I left my bag there, which contained my Rylo 360º camera. I forgot my Rylo camera at a restaurant in Germany and now in Italy. I must not be meant to have it. At the hotel they were starting a classic car show so we got to see some cool old cars.
We spent the day driving around the area trying and failing to get a SIM card for our phones and then went to a co-op grocery store. We spent the afternoon in the pool and then went to dinner at the resort’s restaurant.
It was a long day with flights and a 2+ hour drive from Florence to Castello di Casole but ended with a wonderful dinner. Foie Gras, pork sausage + fresh pasta, lamb + potatoes and semifreddo. Wine too.
The kids were great travelers. The airline lost Eva’s luggage and she took it in stride and Havana was creative enough to help her get dressed anyway.
It was a good flight on Lufthansa, although the food wasn’t very good except for the cheese plate. Me and the kids were all in one row and Gay was a couple rows back.
After a 2-hour layover in Frankfurt and a 1-hour flight over the Swiss Alps, we landed in Florence (at the Amerigo Vespucci airport, I love it!). I think this is my first flight ever on an Embraer, an E-90, plane.
It took a long time to pick up our rental car, the first wasn’t big enough to fit our luggage (we couldn’t fit 4 bags in a trunk that claims to fit 5) so we ended up with a Skoda Superb station wagon. Driving an Italian car in Italy is more appropriate anyway.
Then we drove for 2 hours to our place in Tuscany.
Hudson graduated from Stevens Elementary and 5th grade today. Next year, he’s going to Washington Middle School.
850 Peloton rides, 512 mega joules, 428 hours.
The Meany orchestra had its final concert of the school year.
The Garfield orchestra also came to the concert and played a couple songs, err, compositions? Arrangements?
After the concert, since it was so hot (80ºF), we walked (actually, Eva and I rode our bikes) to Hello, Robin for ice cream.