May in Tuscany
Ahhh, May....the merry, merry month of May! And merry it was for main man Marty and I as we ventured off for a glorious journey through enchanted Toscana/Tuscany, but more specifically the Chianti Region.
For many, those monikers are unclear...Italy, okay, but Tuscany? Chianti? Are those towns or counties or just what?? True confession here in that I, too, was unclear on much of this at one point in time. So before I launch on the esapades of May in Tuscany, let's reveal a few of those mysteries of Italian geography!
Tuscany, or properly stated as Toscana, is an incredible region of central Italy that covers about 9,000 square miles and is home sweet home to some 3.75 million people. Ten different regions make up Toscana, and each is unique in its topography, culture, food, and just about everything else...including pride! Florence, or Firenze, is the capital of Tuscany, as well as a beautiful city cram-packed with many of the world's most precious works of art. Bella Toscana -- the seat of the Italian Renaissance, the birthplace of more great wines than you can shake a stick at, the cradle of exquisitely simple and fresh food, and the place that holds the ancestral linage of many of history's greatest thinkers, writers, artists, and inventors; Toscana effortlessly steals ones heart in a manner that is nigh to unescapable (but who would want to escape a love affair such as this??).
Our time in May was spent mainly in the Chianti region of Toscana...a smallish region that takes up about 42 square miles of undulating, green countryside laced with vineyards that produce the world-reknown Chianti wine and ancient olive groves that lovingly offer up the oil of the gods. Many of the "typical" pictures one associates with Italy and/or Tuscany are of the Chianti region, and believe me....it's as pretty as it looks, even prettier! Many quaint towns and villages take up residence in Chianti, and it was here that we decided to make camp and explore, slow travel style, the beauty and charms of la bella Chianti.
Having told many friends and family I was going to blog this trip, I felt a certain push (okay...incredible pressure!!) to live up to my threats and actually blog. I wanted to share the month I was going to spend there with those who were interested, but probably more selfishly, I wanted a record of my journey....my thoughts, the things we saw, the people we met, and the joy we experienced. One remembers such a small part of the experiences of this nature, or maybe I should say the "small things" that make such an impact but are soon buried in memories that coincide with photos or more major events. So thus I made a point to tap-tap away on the little laptop we brought, and even upload to a blog I'd hastily set up before we left. Needless to say, it was sloppy at best, but at least it was out there! Now, with this handy little website, I am taking the next step and adding my writings (with pictures...for you, Ray L. --- ha!) in a format that I hope will be much more pleasing and enjoyable to spend some time perusing. So... I truly hope you'll be able to reveal in the joy, ponder the richness, smell the aromas, and somehow feel like you're right along side us/me as the journey unfolds. Si...la gioia del viaggio é dolce!
(Due to some finesse that Weebly has not quite worked out yet, this page will hold all of the May posts in reverse order...latest to earliest dates. The journey itself begins in the April 2012 archives -- right column. :)
Paula A. Reynolds
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All photos used in this blog were taken by the author, the author's husband or friends, or found by way of images.google.com. Photo credit is given when possible.