I am currently working on getting on top of my summer trip to Italy. I have so much to share with you but just need to sort out my thoughts.
Among all this I also want to refresh my site to a new fresh layout. And I find that almost just as hard. This is why I haven´t been so active lately.
It is a good thing then that I have the beach so close to my home. Packed up Mr. Grumphy, the dog and my niece for a refreshing beach walk. Met the aftermath of the storm Lena that flew over us saturday night.
Playing in the massive waves
waves crashing at the molo, with Feistein in the background.
July went by so fast! Before we know it fall will be upon us, to hard to belive.
Sharing some of july’s best insta photos. Including both a trip to Italy and to Spain. And some amazing sunsets back in Norway.
Happy mondays and August.
Summer in Norway. What can I say, I can not last remember when we had this much good weather.
Summer is endless and I love every minute of it, whishing it would just keep on going.
Turning of all electronics and tuning in to life. Soaking up every last memory.
That feeling, when you have to go home from holiday….
It is both fulfilling and a bit sad. I always feel at home where my suitcase is and easily adapt. But mr. Grumphy is at best at home in his normal state of mind.
Today is the first of two palios held in Siena, Italy. A palio is horse race held twice a year. July 2nd and August 16th. 10 horses with their riders riding them bareback in their local colors. 10 of 17 “districts” are represented at ill palio in a race tree times around the piazza del campo. This normally do not last more than 90 sec.
Here seen with all their flags. Different flag for different part of the city
Before the race there is a spectaculare pageant, the corteo storico which I got to experience. Which includes flag wavers and drummers in medevial costumes. They parade through the streets with the horse and following the crowds from each districs singing loud songs. Much like at a soccer game.
Here are the houses of tortuga and panthera. You can really feel the dedicatons from each district. A serious matter.
We packed our bags and headed for Florence for a few nights. Our hotel of choice was this time Villa Olmi Resort. It is located about 4km outside the city center but the hotel offers free shuttle bus to and from the city center. If you choose to go by taxi it is about € 20-30 (june,2014)
Villa Olmi is a beautiful 4 star resort wich includes a villa, a farmhouse and a rural house set in a big beautiful garden.
They served an intercontinental breakfast but ours were not included in the total price. This is also where they serve lunch and dinner. The resort has a small swimmingpool with lovely sourroundings not to far away from the bar.
Every room has its own private bubblebath that left you wonderful relaxed before bedtime. Nice hotel rooms but they were not sound proof and much of the sounds around came through and were disturbing.
All in all a great stay if only a little closer to town and a little less noise.
Sunset over the tuscan hills