Travel plans 2018!

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Travel with Wendy

Other side of Blue AzureSo you want to travel! Me too ~ maybe you’ve just arrived in Europe or maybe you’re on your way out. Either way you look at it, I bet you’ve already made some travel goals for 2018! Setting New Year’s resolutions is something just about everyone does, including me. Sometimes I get so excited about making new “goals,” I forget about ones I’ve already attempted, it is a symptom of my ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.) 

When you are stationed here in Europe most of us want to see it all. However, we just don’t have time to do it all. So, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks I do every year to get organized and help keep me focused. 

Ryan Air wings over GreeceHere are a few questions I ask myself before getting started?

  • What are this year’s MUST-SEE locations – then I MAKE A LIST!
  • How does work/school/family schedule…

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Winter Shopping in Florence

IMG_3704The other day we decided to do the traditional “passeggiata in centro”(a downtown walk),looking  for presents  and practising  window shopping  we had  not done for so long .

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The 20 most beautiful Italian cities for 2017

Compliments to Radda in Chianti !

Skyscanner has prepared the list of . They have written:

“What are the most beautiful little towns  in Italy? Ancient medieval villages, castles perched on rocky spurs, white houses embraced by secret woods and breathtaking views of natural paradises

Each region of Italy is unique, and each of these beautiful little towns is even more so. Discover the monuments and the testimonies of distant eras, venture through the narrow streets of stone, look out from the flowered balconies and stock up on beauty in these magical places where time seems to stand still.”

Radda in Chianti (SI) – Tuscany nr. 9

“Yet another medieval village for our ranking of the most beautiful countries in Italy. This time we find ourselves in the refined countryside of Tuscany, in Radda in Chianti, a country perched on the hill that divides the valleys of Arbia and Pesa, guarded by powerful defensive walls. Its strategic position has increased its importance in history and even if it is no longer a crucial crossroads we like to visit it because it fills the soul with charm … purely Tuscan. Try the local specialties and taste the best red wine glasses!”

: Le 20 città più belle d’Italia per il 2017

Which season in Tuscany ?

_MG_8610 2If you are wondering what are the ideal times or the best seasons to visit Tuscany, or looking for tips on when and how to go, it is good to know that Tuscany is a very varied territory: from mountain to coast, countryside and cities like Florence, Siena, Lucca. Continue reading

Artichokes Etruscan Way Recipe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArtichoke -Carciofi is one of the most interesting and special vegetables we eat in Italy.It takes a moment to be prepared, to be cooked but the final result is so good.Every time we start working with them we think how somebody decided to cook with them. Anyway the time they need is worthwhile for  this beautiful Tuscan recipes Continue reading

When in Tuscany try Meat and Poultry

When in Tuscany ,try the variety of  “secondi piatti “we have.In Italy the “secondo piatto” is the second dish, the one following pasta or risotto or soup.We do not serve the pasta and meat   together:we may serve the meat and poultry  with vegetable on the same dish.

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ITALIAN FIRST COURSES YOU CAN’T MISS!

Il “Primo Piatto” in Italia , traditional Italian first dish .The first courses are fundamental in Italian cooking and especially during  Italian cooking classes at Toscana Mia. You will find fresh pasta with eggs,  risotto, soups and potato gnocchi Continue reading

HOTEL in CHIANTI in TUSCANY

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Credits by Castello di Spaltenna Gaiole in Chianti

Live like  a local is  a great temptation but  the comfort of a hotel is important,too? Let’s choose  a hotel with  local personality and helpful  staff. Continue reading

Hands on Italian Cooking Class

There is no better way to discover a place and its people than via food. This is the idea in attending an ITALIAN HANDS-ON COOKING GROUP CLASS at Toscana Mia Continue reading