May 29, 2007
The Tuscan Dream

350px-Provinces_of_Tuscany_map.pngWhen I first decided to move to Munich in Germany, I remember my mother asking me on the way to the airport "So how long are you planning on being away? A year? Five years?" Startled, I considered the question for the first time. More than a year, most likely, but less than five I thought; Paris was always the ultimate destination for me and Munich just a foothold in Europe to get there. My boyfriend at the time had a job with his dad's company in Germany, giving us at least one legitimate salary between us. Fifteen years later, I'm still here and have acquired a lot of furniture, a cat, a piano, an extraordinary husband and two darling boys. We are finally contemplating leaving France (don't ask where, as we don't know yet). And as if to cement this major decision, we are finally fulfilling a dream I've had for the last fifteen years. A long holiday in Tuscany. In a 16th century villa with a private swimming pool. And if that isn't enough of a dream come true, we are importing two fun-loving family babysitters from the US to look after our boys and allow us to really enjoy the trip. Even as I type it, I can hardly believe it. Tuscan food, Tuscan wine and - if I can steal away from the family long enough - a veritable feast of Renaissance art. Oh yes, our dear readers, I was actually an Art History major at university and the best professor I came across had a genius for bringing Renaissance art to life.

I know that we are missing the best season for some of Tuscany's best produce - chestnuts and mushrooms for example - but I'm expecting the food to be exceptional. And I'm hoping that some of our Great Reading Public will come through and give me some tips on where to go. Restaurants, favourite gelato spots, tastiest dishes and (of course) best vineyards: enlighten us! I'm a breastfeeding mother, so aside from the wine, I can consume without moderation and enjoy the fruits of the sunny south to the fullest. My mouth is watering at the very thought of it even now...

Note: this means that I won't be posting much for the next three weeks (THREE WEEKS!!) but hopefully Barrett will be able to make up for my absence. Be patient with him, though, as he recently had an emergency operation and so is not fully up to speed. Come June, we will be migrating to a new and more stable server and so things should liven up at TMC. Thanks for your patience!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at May 29, 2007 2:50 PM Print-friendly version

Tuscany? But they don't play snooker there! What will Stormy do all day long?

Posted by The Jet on May 31, 2007 at 3:39 AM


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Posted by david on May 31, 2007 at 12:48 PM

I'm jealous!

Posted by Dave on May 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

I don't know which is better- the Tuscan villa or having three whole weeks to enjoy it!

Posted by Deborah Dowd on June 1, 2007 at 8:18 PM

I don't know which is better- the Tuscan villa or having three whole weeks to enjoy it!

Posted by Deborah Dowd on June 1, 2007 at 8:18 PM
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