Colle di Val d’Elsa…day 3

Colle di Val d’Elsa…day 3

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August 15 is my birthday. It is also a holy day for Catholics, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, as well as a huge holiday in Italy, Ferragosa, when everything closes. It dates back to 18BC when the land owners would give their workers a very rare day off.  Now most people take much more than a day off. Some stores are closed the entire month and some 2 weeks either before or after the 15th.  I always wanted to spend my birthday in Italy but John always said “no way are we going to Italy in the heat of the summer.

Well I am here and my friends Cecilia and Marco invited me to their villa for a barbecue.I could not have had a better invitation. Marco picked me up in his vintage Alfa Romero which made me feel special.

 

They finished up the final touches to a superb lunch in my dream kitchen.

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Marco’s brother and sister-in-law were also there, a little language barrier but we managed with Cecilia doing the translating .

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We had fabulous grilled chicken, a tomato and bread soup and ratatouille.

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Marco also grilled some beef, which looked beautiful but I don’t eat beef so more for a them

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It was a perfect afternoon, relaxing with nice people and good food. 

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The first car I ever had looked a little like this one, a 850 Fiat Spider. Loved the rIde back to our B&B for our last evening in this charming town.

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I found a restaurant for dinner with a nice outdoor patio and a place for a snooze for Zoe. All that fresh air and running around their yard wore her out.

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A simple dinner of grilled radicchio and melted cheese bruschetta sounded perfect, along with a nice glass of prosecco.

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I indulged in a little after birthday cake for breakfast and enjoyed the nice garden.  I liked this place and will,come back.

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The bus was almost empty so Zoe got her own seat by the window.  

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My first birthday in my new home exceeded all expectations.

15 Responses

  1. Billie vrtiak
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    Riding in the Italian countryside in an Alfa…can’t get any better than that! You look happy and so does Zoe. Billie

    • sally carrocino
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      Hi Billie
      Yes we are very happy. I made the right decision.
      You need a trip to Italy.

  2. Lu
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    Made a toast to you and John with Gene and Sharon Hammon last evening. They send you their best! Sounds like you are loving your new life!

    • sally carrocino
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      Hi Lu
      We are very happy and doing very well.
      How are you living your new life?

  3. colleen
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    Wishing you a wonderful time and a Happy Belated Birthday!

    Colleen

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you.
      Hope your doing well.

  4. Char
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    So happy for you and your adventures with Zoe. Sounds like a fabulous Birthday week end. Bill is so jealous as he reads your blog … Sending our love…
    Char.

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you Char. I’m glad Bill enjoys it as well.
      More to come

  5. Anne Cookston
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    Loving your adventures ! Sounds like a nice day for celebrating your birthday. So happy you and Zoe are
    enjoying and taking it all in like a local 👍🏻

  6. Cheryl
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    All looks so lovely … Glad you had a wonderful day with friends

  7. Rosann
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    Sally,
    I’m glad you had such a wonderful birthday. I can’t remember if I emailed you or not. I couldn’t send a card since I don’t have your address.
    Did you know I was baptized on August 15th. It’s also the day I made my first vows in 1956. So I’m celebrating 60 years.
    Love,
    Rosann

  8. Eric
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    Hi Sally, belated Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great day!

    Eric

  9. Gemma
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    Wow! That looks great! The Alfa Romeo reminded me of those 60s movies in Italy. What a great weekend!

  10. Kimberly
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    You look so very happy Sally and I am overjoyed for you!! What an incredible way to live life and celebrate your birthday! Looks like all is going well and you are settling in nicely. I look forward to more of your wonderful adventures — and seeing more of your big smiling face! xoxo

  11. Heidi kenny
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    Loved reading about your birthday adventure Sally! Sounds like a grand time! Much love to you and Zoe. Doing some college visiting for my daughter in NY. All is well here. XO

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