We have been out and about a little the last few days. Saturday we had a long-standing date to have lunch with a couple we had not met in person. Virtual friends. Matt and Zeneba.
We met at one of our longtime favorite restaurants, La Grotta in Montepulciano. Unfortunately it was a rainy blustery day so I didn’t get any photos from along the way. The scenery, being Tuscany and the famed wine area of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – the Noble wine of Montepulciano, was manicured. Many vineyards with pretty vines all in their autumnal yellows and reds. The grapes, long harvested, are in the process of turning into the beautiful wines of the area.
Here are the obligatory food pictures. But first the church across from La Grotta. San Biagio.
It was a fun little trip and we enjoyed meeting new friends. We vowed to meet for lunch between us every so often. They live in Lazio, south of Orvieto. We have to wait a bit until our new restrictions ease up.
Tuesday – we decided to do a few errands. It was a crisp day. The colors stood out brilliantly clear in the bright sun. The sidewalk on our way, covered in leaves.
First we walked to our hardware store behind the train station called Emporio Casa. That sounds very fancy doesn’t it? But it is not at all. It is a long narrow building full to the brim with anything and everything you will ever need for around the house, yard or garden. You can’t browse anymore, due to Covid, but the men working there are very helpful. We got our necessaries and headed to our appliance store nearby.
The store is named Formica, I had always thought it funny to name a store for an insect — Ant. But someone clued me in that the name is the last name of the family who own it! Haha. We had ordered a new refrigerator a little over a week ago. They brought it to our house but it turned out we needed some carpentry modifications to make it work. Lucky for us they had brought a carpenter! They removed the cabinet doors and he did some measuring. Then they took out the old frig and put the new one inside the cabinet sans doors, so we’d have something to use. Last week the carpenter returned and changed out the hinges etc and it all looks great. So today, even though no one had asked us for any money yet, we decided to walk over and pay them. Would that happen in the US 🙂?
Next stop, the Tabacchi. These stores do many things, they sell the tax stamps we often need, tickets for the train or bus, lottery tickets, and you can pay your bills there. I paid my friends electric bill for her today. Along the way to the Tabacchi we passed the elementary school playground which was ablaze with beautifully colored trees.
Last stop, the Carrefour, our closest grocery store to our house. We picked up a couple things we needed and headed back home. It was a nice little jaunt which had the double goodness of getting a few things done. I love that we can do all of this sort of thing on foot within a few blocks of our house.
Have a beautiful day everyone, wherever you are. Enjoy the autumn day. And be Covid-careful as always.
Hi Dave, we first went to La Grotta in 1999 with friends on a vacation. Since then we’ve been back with many friends and guests. I’m sorry to say the church now charges an entrance fee. It was always free in the past.
I love what we get here…but I miss my Virginia bright reds and oranges. We don’t get many of those. This schoolyard did have one orange one. Pretty!
San Biagio, was there last year, bringing back memories. Now i really miss Italy. And La Grotta, very nice.
Those fall colors, my gawd, how I miss real fall, not fall in Florida. We are back in the high 80’s.
Hi Allisa, thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot that I can do anything to help keep Italy closer to those of you who have places you love here, but to which you cannot come. It will be over eventually. But it’s difficult. I’ve always visited my sister and other relatives annually and I miss that too. I’m glad your place is being taken care of for your peace of mind. We had a lovely time with Zeneba and Matt. We hope to keep up occasional lunches. 🙂
I think Italy is still doing better than the US. At least we have leadership that cares for the people. I cannot wait until the election is over but I am terrified of the aftermath. I will just wait and watch…and hope for my country to survive. What else can I do?
I love your posts, but always fail to comment. Sorry for that. I thought it would be nice to converse a bit what with the current status.
You’re doing such a wonderful job of keeping us informed of our slice of heaven.
I’m particularly pleased to see you have connected with Zeneba! Well done you four! I always check in with both of you when I venture on to Fb.
We are at our home in WA, on the Olympic Peninsula, content after a summer-long remodel. We are waiting for the shoe to drop after Nov 3. Dreading the results, we are prepared for virus and breakdown.
Fortunately, our apartment in Tropea is being looked after, so this gives us peace of mind. We worry and think about friends and family in Italy constantly.
Thank you for sharing your dailies.
Warm regards, Lisa Imming
Hi Matthew, I’m glad you like the mundane, slice of my life, now and then. Others have told me they like them too. They do things differently here…and that’s Ok as you say. You do get used to it 😁 it works so don’t sweat it!
Hi Nancy – I enjoy these posts about daily life. My wife and I ran a small art/travel business for many years and I don’t believe I ever paid an advance deposit for hotel bookings or charter transport in Italy. At first it made me very nervous to do business that way, but I relaxed and got used to doing business that way. We were never disappointed!