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.
Agriturismo is a chance to be able to live more like the local. Often in a local farmhouse not to far from a small town also known as a rural retreat. Many people opt for this chance as I have a couple of times. This year in Radda in chianti, Tuscany. Agriturismo often is classified as a farmhouse but not necessarily at a real farm at least not in Italy, but you will find many italian agriturismos at wine farms.
Our house was just an old farmhouse now converted into holiday apartments. Campo agli olivi has three apartments to let. One in the main building (where we stayed, this is the bigger one) and two in the oldest farm building which dates back to the 1300th. All three apartments are for 2/4 person as they all have 2 bedrooms. All apartments also come with their own private outer area and a common pool area.
The city center of Radda is up the hill 200 meters. In a good distance to both the mandatory gelato store and the many restaurants. The location is perfect in this matter.
This year my whole family were traveling together. The whole shebang. All 7, divided in to two groups we had two apartments. We got the big one called Oliva apartment.
On the day of arrival we was greeted by Nise, who runs the place. She lives on the upper floor of our apartment with her mother – la patron. Her mother a super cute Italian mama, who gave us her whole life story – IN ITALIAN!. Did I mention that my italiano is poco? But none the less, I managed to understand that she was a widow, for over 40 years and raised her two little girl all by her self with no family.
She told us that family is very important and that I should definitely get married – any time soon (this part is where my boyfriend cringes and my parents cry of laughter and nods in agreement) In addition to these things she also tells us how her beloved husband dies and that she just had an accident and ruined all of her teeth – W.O.W I guess my Italian is not that shabby after all.
I enjoyed my stay here for our fortnight but I have a few reservations that made the experience a little less enjoyable.
As I said we were traveling together 7 people and one of them, a girl of 8 years. No need to say that she loved the pool area and would, if allowed be living in the water day and night. Children make noise, especially when playing. As do grown ups. I do not consider us a noisy group and we behaved well – not staying up all night, or making any uncomfortable with loud fights or such things.
Still me managed to get hushed by, not only once but several times – mostly by the pool area.
And the first story we got from the owner was that the previous “camper” have had 2 children that were all over and being noisy and difficult. How do you respond to that?
My understanding after visiting is more like – they don’t have children of their own and may have forgotten that children make noise. Good noise, when playing. If this is such a big annoyance to them they probably should state so, that children is not wanted in their apartments.
To be honest the neighbors dog made more and more often noise than we did. My parents have visited this apartments two years earlier and were quite shocked by the hushing and the unwillingness of the play. My sister got hushed to for splashing to loud! T.
So to be said – if you are a couple in need of a quiet little place, this might be it. If you have children stay clear! If I ever go back to Radda I will never stay at this place again given the behavior of the owners. I would rather look into some of the hotels up i town. It looked like there were many nice ones there.
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.
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.
For Mr. Grumphy’s 40th birthday I booked some well deserved spa time for the both of us ofcourse. Found this lovely little resort and spa hotel only 10 minutes drive from Radda in Chianti. Perfect. A 4 star hotel in lovely sourrondings. So in spite of not getting the massages together I didn’t mind waiting around.
They charge aboute €75 for a full hour massage and have a big variety of spa choices. From the single manicure and face treatment to fully body massages. So well worth the trip down this valley.
This is also a fully operating hotel so you may take a weekend here for ypur own well beeing or just to relax. Prices are from €140 a nigth ( all prices from june 2014)
Har du lest, under the tuscan sun med Frances Meyes? Denne boken (og filmen) handler om en forfatter som reiser fra alt i USA og flytter til Italia, nærmere bestemt til Cortona for å finne tilbake til sitt liv. Lite viste jeg at da jeg så filmen for ca 10 år siden at jeg ville besøke “hennes” by.
Og hvilken by. Jeg er helfrelst. Elsker de to ukene vi hadde her i sommer.
Cortona er en liten by lokasert i Toscana i provinsen Arezzo. Den ligger på en høyde og ble etablert av Etruskerne for over 3000 år siden, som en av de eldste byene i Italia. Byen er et kulturellt og artistisk senter.
At det ble akkurat denne byen som ble vårt hovedmål for ferie 2013 var helt tilfeldig. Vi leide oss et lite feriehus i utkanten av byen. Slik ble det Cortona for oss.
Siden vi skulle være her i hele 2 uker fant vi ut at vi ville ha en base som vi kunne bevege oss ut ifra. Og La Capaninna i Camucia ble vår i hele 2 uker. Ikke minst ble det slik fordi jeg har et stort ønske om å eie mitt eget her i Italia, og dette ble en flott sjanse til å sjekke ut om det funket for oss. And boy did it ever…. hehe
Camucia ligger rett nedenfor Cortona, ca 10 min kjøring med bil. Vi hadde hele Cortona som utsikt utenfor vårt hus. Det var kjempe flott. Du kan riktig kalle dette for et hus med A view..
Byen ligger på en bakketopp og det er umulig å parkere i byen. Men de har store parkeringsplasser rett utenfor bymurene, slik at dersom du kommer med bil finnes det alltid en parkering. Vi hadde iallefall ingen problemer. Når det er sagt var vi midt i juni og turistsesongen er da heller ikke på sitt verste. Når du er i byen er det mye du kan finne på. Vi var som sagt i hele 2 uker og ble absolutt ikke lei av byen i det hele tatt. Faktisk ville jeg mer enn gjerne ha reist tilbake hit på ny tur. Cortona kan tilby museum, flotte spiseplasser, ikke minst gelato. Vi var heldige og det var arrangement nesten hver kveld vi besøkte byen.
Som de fleste andre små byer i Italia har Cortona sitt utvalg av kirker. Vi fikk bare besøkt denne som ligger helt oppe på toppen. Du kan spasere opp til kirken via byen, men ta med deg godt med vann da det er en bratt tur til topps.
Den hellige Margareta av Cortona er Byens skytshelgen. Samme dag som hun døde i 1297, ble hun offentlig erklært som helgen, og borgerne i Cortona begynte samme år å bygge en kirke til hennes ære på det stedet der hun døde. De fransiskanske observantene fikk ansvaret for kirken på slutten av 1300-tallet og bygde et kloster i tilknytning til den. Den orginale kirken eksisterer ikke idag men det er bygget opp en ny kirke til ære for henne og du finner hennes kropp i et glass skrin ved høyalteret.