Friday, September 30, 2011

Italy: Picnic near Pienza

What's better than lunch in a great Italian restaurant? How about a picnic lunch in an olive grove, with a million Euro view. We drove along the rolling and winding roads of Val d'Orcia in southern Tuscany looking for the perfect picnic spot, and we found it. The photo above was our view while we ate, though it only captures part of the panoramic beauty that surrounded us. The food was a tasty collection of things we had bought over the past few days here: olives, wild boar salami, buratta, Parm Reg and gorgonzola cheeses, prosciutto, a couple of different breads, and a Brunello di Montalcino that we had just picked up ... in Montalcino.

After our leisurely feast, we kept driving along the surreal landscape of the crete senesi. Below is a photo of a well known tiny chapel near San Quirico d'Orcia. Must paint that again soon.

A shout out to Christina and Mark, a fun Canadian couple that we met at our villa. They had just formally "committed" to each other...Wishing you years of bliss!

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