Flor, Generous and Gracious
Floren Rosati, owner of an art gallery in Montepulciano was kind, along with her family to take me "under their wings" by inviting me to go to Siena with them one evening for dinner with their son, Matteo who is a graduate student in finance at San Francisco University. Another evening I joined Flor and Alessandro in St. Albino for dinner with their family and friends. Yet another evening Flor and I had dinner in Pienza at the restaurant of their friends.
Flor also drove Jackie and me around to see nearby sites/sights.
Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and famous scene for paintings and photography.
This was taken in February and the town was free of tourist (except us). It was an cold, windy, overcast and sometimes rainy day. That didn't stop us from having fun, seeing the countryside and getting to see the hills starting to green up.
Floren, me and Jackie. Am I standing on my tippy toes?
I'd like to come back some time and actually use the mineral pools.
The background scene found on covers of books about Tuscany.
And yet another scene much used in advertisements.
No tourist and very quiet in Pienza at 7:30 p.m. in March.
Restaurant owners, Flor and me. We had a mouth watering meal and I ate and ate and ate.
Seated at the table near us, there were 4 people, speaking English.
When they got up to leave one woman stayed behind, stopped at our table and said she heard us speaking English. She is the owner of a B&B in the countryside near St. Albino, south of Montepulciano. She and Flor chatted in Italian, then English. Flor explained she was from the Philippines and had lived in Montepulciano for 27 years. The woman asked me where I was from. I said, "Sacramento". She was from Santa Barbara.
It's always fun to met people, locals and ex-pats, too.
Flor, her husband Allesandro and son Matteo invited me to join them for dinner in Siena where Matteo is attending University of San Francisco, earning a masters in finance.
It was co-incidental that their favorite restaurant happens to be the name of my grandson: James Oliver, but known as, Jolly.
Flor and me.