September 30th, 2010 by grant

We awoke very early to drive to Chiusi and catch the train to Firenza (Florence). It was a nice change from some of the long drives we’ve been subjected to. I once wrote that I was in Florence… Florence Oregon . Now this was the real thing. Florence No photography of David allowed, although I […]

September 30th, 2010 by grant

Podere Spedalone Day 4 started with a drive out to a farmhouse, Podere Spedalone on the outskirts of Pienza. Giancarlo, the proprietor, was quite charming and he immediately made us feel welcome at his place. In the backyard where drinks and appetizers were served, we met Maggie the Magpie, an injured bird nursed back to health at the farm. […]

September 30th, 2010 by grant

Pisa A trip to Pisa of course meant we had to take six million photos of the leaning tower. If I had a euro for every time I saw someone doing the hand on the tower pose, our airfare would have been paid for. This was also the beginning of the ever repeating theme of […]

September 29th, 2010 by grant

Day 2 started out with breakfast made by Jimi. A simple egg & potato dish and a fruit platter… well he made it look simple. Pienza For our first day trip, we drove the clan to Pienza. This was our first exposure to the small meat and cheese shops we quickly fell in love with. […]

September 29th, 2010 by grant

Podere Monti After the stress and chaos of waiting for everyone to arrive, renting 2 huge diesel vans, ramming everyone’s luggage into said vans and driving for 3 hours, we finally arrived at our temporary home, a villa in the small town of Montepulciano. Podere Monti is a 7-room bed & breakfast and we managed […]

September 17th, 2010 by grant

Bonjourno, today our Italian adventure begins. We’ve been talking about this for months and I can’t sit still. I packed all sorts of camera gear and 2 shirts… We’ll fly out of SFO, stop over in Washington DC and then on to Rome. I’ll try to update the blog daily but I don’t know what […]

September 14th, 2010 by grant

Just pre-ordered it. I’ll be getting rid of the G11 soon.

September 12th, 2010 by grant

Today we dropped off Judy at her Burd Boarding facility as we will be on vacation soon. We then drove to San Jose to have dinner with the Nakamatsu’s. I tortured Kathy’s kat with my camera.

September 11th, 2010 by grant

Made a quick trip to Honolulu for work. When I checked in at the Sheraton, they informed me that I would receive a complimentary upgrade to an ocean view room. My enthusiasm was quickly dampened when I opened my curtains. As usual I was only there for about 48 hours and worked long days. I […]

September 5th, 2010 by grant

This year’s Labor Day celebration was a little tough as I was out sick the entire week before. We tried to keep it simple as we are preparing to go to Italy soon. Thanks to everyone for pitching in and helping. Also thanks to Jen for using my camera to grab a few shots. To […]